Knock-Knock Review
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Knock-Knock Review

Our Review by Angela LaFollette on March 6th, 2014
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Knock-Knock is a hide-and-seek survival game where players must help navigate a sleep-deprived lodger through a creepy cabin until dawn arrives.

Developer: Ice-Pick Lodge >
Price: $4.99
Version Reviewed: 1.34
App Reviewed on: iPad Mini

Graphics/Sound Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Knock-Knock is a hide-and-seek horror game where the goal is to survive the night and stay alive until dawn. The game is set in an unusual cabin that used to be a laboratory for generations of Lodgers. The cabin is in the middle of creepy woods, and only one lodger is around to keep things in order. The lodger has noticed weird and creepy things happening like strange noises and objects appearing out of no where. Due to all the eeriness, he hasn’t been able to sleep well so he often thinks his mind is playing tricks on him. The lodger wakes up every night before dawn and the nightmares haunt him. Players must ensure his safety by turning lights on in every room and hiding from the lurking evilness.

While waiting for dawn to break, the lodger murmurs to players to help them navigate through the game. Thankfully there are captions that translate what he is saying. Players navigate the lodger by holding down a finger on the screen and swiping in the desired direction. Knock-Knock also allows for an iOS controller connection, which might make navigating a little easier. As the lodger enters a room, swipe up to fix the lights and to turn them on. The lights can then be turned off by swiping down. There are also objects to interact with, like clocks that help make dawn come faster, places to hide, and ladders to climb.

The lodger isn’t limited to the cabin; he can also venture outdoors. Once outside, players can swipe up or down to move through the scary woods. The idea is to explore as much as possible, as the game doesn’t hold anyone’s hand. Players are encouraged to experience Knock-Knock and figure many things out on their own while trying to keep their sanity. With this in mind, the game also does provide progression on a map so they'll feel like they are actually accomplishing something as they play. The only issue I had was navigating the lodger with my finger.

There’s little to not like about Knock-Knock. The comic-style graphics look great, the gameplay is immersive, and it has a high creepy factor. Although the controls might have been more enjoyable if I had an iOS controller to use instead. Overall, anyone who likes a Roguelike survival game will appreciate what Knock-Knock has to offer. It would be nice if there was a trial version, but for now players will have to shell out $4.99 to experience this ported PC game.

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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