Posted 7 November

More ways to play Knack: Introducing two-player co-op and mobile app Knack’s Quest

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Hello, everyone. We’re just over three weeks away from the launch of the PlayStation 4, and I can’t wait for everyone to finally get their hands on Knack. If you’re looking for a taste of something different, something a little more old-school, Knack is the perfect PS4 game for you. With Knack, not only are we taking gamers back to the days of classic games like Crash Bandicoot, we’re also introducing some new and unique ways to experience the game.

We have a unique two-player coop mode that puts a fun twist on traditional co-op games and is a great reason to pick up an extra DualShock4 controller. If you own a PlayStation Vita, there’s of course Remote Play, which can even work in conjunction with our two-player co-op. We have a fun social connectivity feature that lets you unlock collectibles faster through your network of PSN friends, and finally, we have a brand new standalone mobile game app called Knack’s Quest. And I’m here to talk about all of these today, so keep reading.

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Knack’s co-op is a little different from some cooperative games you may have played. From the very beginning, Knack was meant to be both a challenging and rewarding old-school style character action game, as well an accessible “gateway” title for gamers to initiate their friends and family members into the joys of true console gaming. On Normal or Hard, the game can be brutally challenging and very rewarding. But with simple controls and set to Easy mode, even the newest of players can experience the world of Knack.

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In Knack, our two-player cooperative mode was designed in a way as to accentuate the vision for the game. A second player can drop in or drop out at any time, and controls Knack’s shiny metallic helper called Robo Knack. Robo Knack has a move set somewhat similar to Knack’s, but in addition Robo Knack can donate parts to Knack and heal him with a touch of the Triangle button. If you have a non-gamer, or a light gamer in the house, it’s a great way to bring them into the world of Knack – just start the game on Easy and drop in from time to time to help them through the game. Plus, if you enjoyed the smack fests in LittleBigPlanet, you’ll find some fun and laughs in smacking your on-screen partner when he or she least expects it.

And the two-player mode can also be enjoyed via the Remote Play feature on the PlayStation Vita!

As you play through the story mode, you’ll no doubt find walls and doors that are begging to be smashed, burnt down or otherwise destroyed. There are over 60 of these rooms, and some are out in the open, but some are a little trickier to find. Inside these rooms, you’ll find a chest that holds a collectible item: either a gadget part, or a rare Crystal Relic.

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There are eight gadgets in all, and each requires anywhere from 3 to 7 parts to complete. Once you complete a gadget, Knack can equip it to enhance his abilities or add new ones. A few of my favourite gadgets are the Combo Meter, which allows Knack to boost his attack strength by hitting enemies 8 times in a row without taking damage himself, and the Harvester, which lets Knack collect sunstones from defeated enemies. In these chests you may also find Crystal Relics, like diamonds or rubies. If you find enough of any single kind of rare Relic, you’ll unlock a new form of Knack to use in a second play-through of the game. Each Knack variation has different characteristics such as super strength, super fragility, etc.

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Finding these secret rooms and collecting gadget parts and Relics is fun, but it’s even more fun when you have friends playing the game as well. Whenever you find a secret chest, you’ll be able to either take the item you found in the chest, or choose any item a friend found in that same room the last time they played. This can really come in handy when you’re trying to complete those gadgets or unlock that last Knack variant. Your gadget collection even carries over to new playthroughs, so you can work on getting all 8 handy gadgets.

In addition, you’ll also find secret areas holding more parts to help you heal and grow, as well as Sunstone crystals to fill up your super move gauge.

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Lastly, just yesterday we launched an addicting mobile game app called Knack’s Quest as a FREE download for iOS devices (Android version coming soon). This game is a standalone three-in-a-row jewel game featuring Knack himself. Gather parts to help Knack grow before the time runs out to clear the level. Unlock endless mode by beating all levels, and post your scores in global and friend rankings.

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What’s more, you can also unlock gadget parts and rare Relics for use in the full Knack game on PS4. Once the PS4 launches on November 29, you will be able to connect the mobile app to the PS4 game, allowing you to transfer all of your unlocked items over to your full game. Even if these kinds of games aren’t your knack (excuse the pun), you can enlist a friend or family member to work on unlocking items for you. So download the app today and get Knacking!

We’d love to hear your thoughts about the game and co-op mode in the comments below! Lookout for Knack on November 29!

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I quite enjoyed this when I played it at Tokyo game show, so I was disappointed that most hands-on impressions of Knack seem to be quite negative. Hopefully the final game will be better received. So far the only PS4 games I will be getting before next year will be Killzone and AC4, so maybe if Knack is decent then that will be my third.

 

Played a demo of Knack last week, thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn’t on my radar, but had to preorder it.

Is the app going to come to Vita too, either directly to Vita or through the PS Mobile scheme?

 
pinkplaybunny 7 November, 2013 @ 3:42 pm   3

This is the first game i will be getting on the ps4, looking forward to it :-) Already downloaded the app yesterday!

 

I know the iPhone is popular but the App should of come to Android 1st :( I got a ‘SONY’ Xperia Z1 a few weeks back so i should be playing it 1st on a SONY product :D
Anyway LOVE the PSVita idea :P Hopefully more games could do that in the future ;)

 
MaxDiehard 7 November, 2013 @ 4:00 pm   5

Please bring the App to Vita. I’m sick of all these first party PlayStation Apps being made for third party devices, and Vita is always left in the dark.

 
dark_angel69 7 November, 2013 @ 4:34 pm   6

So co-op is still offline only then? Any plans on bringing it to online?

 
MaxDiehard 7 November, 2013 @ 4:51 pm   7

@dark_69

The downside of adding online components is that they’re only temporary. Online won’t be there forever, so if they add trophies that relate to online only, you’re screwed further down the line if your a trophy hunter.

This is the case for MotorStorm: Pacific Rift and MAG, whose servers are now shut down and have a whole host of unobtainable trophies.

I for one am glad that the co-op is offline, it goes back to the golden age of gaming in the 90′s where it brought people together when they were more social, not relying on technology to transmit basic human communication.

 
MaxDiehard 7 November, 2013 @ 4:56 pm   8

I just want to make sense of this, when playing co-op, can you simply use the Vita as a second controller through Remote Play without making use of the second screen?

 
dark_angel69 7 November, 2013 @ 6:04 pm   9

@MaxDiehard
This is on the US blog.
“And she can look at either screen – Remote play actually beams the screen’s image to both your TV and the VITA. (I’ve played using a VITA and watching the TV screen before – it’s amazing how seamless it all is.)”

Found on comment 29
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2013/11/07/more-ways-to-play-knack-co-op-mode-mobile-app-detailed/

 
Artemisthemp 7 November, 2013 @ 10:07 pm   10

Shuhei Yoshida said Soon, when he was ask about the release of Knack app for Android.

 
Lion-golfer 7 November, 2013 @ 11:33 pm   11

Played the PS4 demo last night, as Royston99 said, wasn’t a game on my radar but pre-ordered it. thoroughly enjoyed the demo.

 
Dante_Zero 7 November, 2013 @ 11:38 pm   12

I really don’t get why these apps keep coming out on iOS first unless there’s a Sony iphone i’ve not heard about. Surely the priority is Android sue to the fact you manufacture you own handsets and they all rock Android on them. I saw this news come up on the US blog and I was like awesome i’m gonna go download this now. Then I saw it’s for iOS and i’m not too sure I even wanna bother cause by the time it hits android it’s more than likely that PS4 will have already come out in Europe. Look at how long it took to get the iFruit app onto android for GTA V (yes I know it was R*). As future feedback I would suggest that you look at releasing these apps across multiple mobile OS systems at same time or at least put the priority focus on the one you actually make hardware for.

 
Dante_Zero 7 November, 2013 @ 11:40 pm   13

A PSVita version of the app would hurt either especially for those that don’t have smartphones capable of running it.

 
evilwitch83 8 November, 2013 @ 1:03 am   14

I’m not buying a ps4 straight away because of how much the european region is being overcharged for the console and the games. $60 does not equal £60.
When I eventually buy my ps4 (when it costs below £300 and games are cheaper), this will probably be one of the first games I play on it.

I agree with Dante_Zero, a Vita version of the app would have been a good idea. I don’t own a smartphone and I don’t plan on purchasing one in the future.

 
MarSSSteR 8 November, 2013 @ 7:02 am   15

1) Playstation Apps: Should be (ONLY) coming to VITA (for the WHOLE world), my opinion
2) Full games: I’ve the PS4 get games like the last PS3 games (for example: Ratchet G-force, Motorstorm RC) with 452 DLC’s, then the PS4 is my last Playstation! I DLC’s should be EXTRA BIG (BIG BIG) (FREE) EXPANSION…

 
USEYOURFIST 8 November, 2013 @ 10:15 am   16

So no doubt like the gta ifruit app im gonna have to wait at least a few weeks to get the phone app! Im getting knack day 1 so it would of been nice to have this app same day as iphone, and personally as i have a vita and xperia play i agree with those who are rather annoyed by this! If anything you should of delayed the iphone one until the andriod version was ready.

@evilwitch you are making the common mistake of forgetting the usa adds sales tax to the rrp at point of purchase, as such the advertised $ price is lower than what the consumer pays. Whereas in the uk at least the price includes sales tax (VAT), so in reality the price difference betwenn uk and usa is alot smaller, although granted we still pay slightly more.

 
supersmith2500 8 November, 2013 @ 12:45 pm   17

And 4theplayers page is removed. For god sake Sony.

 
mynxnmirrors 8 November, 2013 @ 1:01 pm   18

You guys realise that apps like these are used for marketing, right? That is why you see them for smartphones before the PS Vita; there are far more iOS/Android capable units out there than there are Vitas.

sk8_u_down 9 November, 2013 @ 10:35 am   19

The remote play co-op option is really cool idea and the app is really fun for what it is.

 
BinDrinkin 28 November, 2013 @ 4:03 pm   20

Seriously either launch these apps on all platforms (iOS/Android/WinPhone) at same time or ditch them altogether.
All you end up doing is annoying and alienating users who aren’t on iOS which currently stands at about 86% of all smart phone users.

 

Oh look! ANDROID version STILL NOT OUT!

Rockstar fiasco all over again…