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Knights and Bikes is Tearaway, Earthbound, LittleBigPlanet and Ratchet and Clank rolled into one

Knights and Bikes

Wow, that’s quite a list. Conceived by the minds of Rex Crowle and Moo Yu – whose collective experience covers the catalogue of classics noted above – Knights and Bikes promises to be a co-op adventure set in the late 80s that follows two friends tasked with saving their hometown from financial ruin and becoming haunted. Foam Sword, as the new studio is known, launched a Kickstarter today seeking £100,000 to fund their game.

Knights and Bikes may be one to watch, but the entries on our list of upcoming PC games are too.

Knights and Bikes’ art style is nothing short of lovely, wearing every one of its influences firmly on its sleeve. While the developers point to 80s classic film The Goonies and 90s JRPGs as other strong influences, there’s even vibes of Costume Quest about it too, which is a favourite of mine. Here’s its crowdfunding pitch video:

“In Knights and Bikes, you will play as Nessa and Demelza on their quest for the truth behind the medieval legends of Penfurzy, an island on the fast track to financial ruin and literal destruction,” reads the blurb on the game’s Kickstarter page. “Recruit a party of creatures from all walks of life, enlist and inspire deflated islanders, and embark on an adventure to find the hero the island so desperately needs.

“Teaming up with Demelza’s pet goose, and the pickled severed head of a fallen-knight, they fling Frisbees at demons, trick-out their bikes to reach new locations, and increase their abilities with each islander they rescue.”

If all goes to plan, Knights and Bikes will arrive in April 2017. Any game that combines such lovely aesthetics with geese and pickled severed heads definitely has my attention. With that, I’m sure many of you feel the same.