Percentile Rank

Hollow Knight is ranked in the 99th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 57 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

90

Top Critic Average

98%

Critics Recommend

Based on 57 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Videospielkombinat
Loved
Loved
Oct 29, 2017

Hollow Knight is a content-rich Metroidvania with great visuals, a well designed combat system and a memorable mysterious world. It's easily one of the best games of 2017.

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Wade D McGinnis
Buy
Buy
Mar 10, 2017
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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Jun 28, 2018

A stern yet scintillating 2D adventure that makes a point of not holding your hand.

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Kotaku
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 5, 2018

It does not reinvent; it refines. It does not rebuild; it polishes. It contains few ideas that I haven't seen in other games, yet it feels fresh all the same due to how much care has been put into every character, every battle, every frame of animation, and every square inch of its massively minuscule subterranean civilization.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Mar 2, 2017

It delivers on what it delivers. The movement is fast but sturdy, the combat nifty, and the artwork is really lovely. Its choice of greys and muted greens and blues doesn't do it enormous favours, and each area is pretty monotone. Animations are great, and the world is pleasingly detailed, but it also feels flat and dulled.

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Player2.net.au
Unscored
Unscored
Jul 4, 2018

Difficulty and accessibility come together to make this a game that all can appreciate, no matter their level of expertise with the genre, and on top of this, Hollow Knight makes some small inclusions that every new game in the genre should look at implementing. Team Cherry, you’ve achieved something extraordinary and I cannot wait to see where the journey leads you next.

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Chicas Gamers
Unscored
Unscored
Jun 25, 2018

Nintendo Switch version is the GOTY version of Hollow Knight, with the expansions (which I have not yet had the pleasure of tasting). Without a doubt it is an essential purchase for lovers of the genre, yes, I insist that you arm yourself and that you explore and explore until you find where to go.

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Scored Reviews

Forever Classic Games
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2019

When it comes to putting a score to this dark beauty of a game, I find Hollow Knight to be as close to perfection as some of the greatest games of all time, standing tall upon the shoulders of genre-defining titles, tall enough to leave its own legacy.

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Destructoid
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 27, 2017

If it isn't clear, Hollow Knight is not only what I'd say is the best game so far this year, it also very well may be the best metroidvania title out there right now, and it is easily one of my favorite games of all-time.

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Cubed3
10 / 10
Adam Riley

Top Critic

10 / 10
Sep 3, 2018

Hollow Knight in its original PC form was exemplary, but now it has landed on Nintendo Switch, complete with all the bells and whistles that have been laden upon the gorgeous adventure since launch, as well as fresh post-release content. This proves to be the perfect antidote for those suffering from Super Metroid withdrawal symptoms. Team Cherry's ode to Nintendo's great may well have edged past its original inspiration. It truly is the game that just keeps on giving; absolutely sublime, in every sense of the word.

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Respawning
10 / 10
10 / 10
Jul 6, 2018

I don’t consider this game perfect but it’s pretty damn near it. And I’ve started to rate a lot of games based off of how much I’ve enjoyed them overall while still trying to be fair with overall game design and all that.

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Corecade
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2017

Hollow Knight set the bar in terms of visual fidelity and craftsmanship in what an indie game can achieve with the proper allocation of time and attention to detail. With playtime taking anywhere between 20 to 40 hours to complete and dozens of more hours to attain 100% completion on top of an added difficulty mode, Hollow Knight is an absolutely breathtaking feat and Team Cherry has earned my dearest devotion.

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Fintendo
Jun 28, 2018

"Stylish Metroidvania introduces new gameplay elements."

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Nintendo Wire
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2018

Hollow Knight is a special game; a triumph of atmosphere, design, and so much more.

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DASHGAMER.com
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Aug 4, 2019

Packed with a punch, it’s hack and slash style that simply inputs quite a cute charm into it’s dark and dreary state, along with it’s amazing colours and contrasts, set with incredible presentation and gameplay, and a soundtrack that will leave you quite emotional at times, with a story as compelling as any Triple-A title, will leave you stunned. Hollow Knight is perfect.

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33bits
100 / 100
100 / 100
Jun 25, 2018

Hollow Knight is without a doubt one of the best games in recent years, and a featured member within the exploration and platform games that follow the Metroid school. The only downside that can be put is that it does not have behind a distributor that manages to advertise a work of this caliber through all the available channels.

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NintendoWorldReport
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2018

Tight platforming and an ever-expanding arsenal of abilities kept me finding new areas hidden behind tall walls or long gaps. Platforming challenges reminiscent of Mario's red-coin sections acted as stand-out therapeutic sessions. The beautiful diversity of Hollownest's areas kept things from getting as bland as the underground setting may imply.

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GamingBolt
10 / 10.0
10 / 10.0
Jul 11, 2018

Hollow Knight stands as a monument to game design, and quite possibly, as the greatest Metroidvania game of all time.

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NoesPaisparaFrikis
9.8 / 10.0
9.8 / 10.0
Jul 30, 2018

An immense underground kingdom, once a prosperous place, today is nothing more than a pile of tunnels that house dilapidated settlements. The few inhabitants who survived and who have not been affected by "La Infección" survive on the surface, in the small village of Bocasucia. It is this little rest of civilization, then, our point of departure. So armed only with our sting, an uncertain purpose and eager to discover what is hidden under our feet, we descend through the well that leads us to this lost kingdom. It's time to discover Hallownest.

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Hobby Consolas
95 / 100
95 / 100
Jun 27, 2018

Hollow Knight won't leave you hollow; quite the opposite. This incredible 'metroidvania', most likely the best example the genre has met in over 20 years, will leave you full with a feeling only a few games have achieved: the feeling of having played a masterpiece.

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IGN
9.4 / 10.0
Tom Marks

Top Critic

9.4 / 10.0
Jun 22, 2018

Hollow Knight is a Metroidvania with a well of content to discover that's as deep as its labyrinthine caves. The world of Hallownest is compelling and rich, full of story that's left for you to discover on your own, and built with branching paths that offer an absurd amount of choice in how you go about discovering it. With such a high density of secrets to find and fun, challenging enemies to face, it's worth spending every moment you can in Hollow Knight.

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Boomstick Gaming
9.4 / 10.0
9.4 / 10.0
Jul 19, 2017
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Game Informer
9.3 / 10.0
9.3 / 10.0
Aug 16, 2018

Hollow Knight has some frustrations, but the urge to see what's in the next room is a constantly compelling imperative moving you forward

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PC Gamer
92 / 100
92 / 100
Jul 10, 2017

Hollow Knight is a new classic, with a dense and detailed world full of secrets to discover.

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Dragnix
92 / 100
92 / 100
Aug 26, 2017
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Pardis Game
9.1 / 10.0
9.1 / 10.0
Apr 27, 2017

Despite not having any new idea to offer, by borrowing some elements "Hollow Knight" has become a quite astonishing metroidvania experience. Its artdesign is perfect and the soundtracks are ear catching. Its mysterious and puzzling environment encourages you to explore more of it and the awaiting battles are challenging and demanding. If you're a fan of metroidvania games then you should NOT absolutely miss this.

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GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 29, 2018

Hollow Knight's sprawling world, precise combat, and wealth of content make its trip through Hollownest engrossing and rewarding.

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TheSixthAxis
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 13, 2017

Hollow Knight is well-crafted and beautiful to look at, with an elegance that is found in few games. From exploring the world to interacting with characters and fighting the minions found within, it kept me on my toes throughout. It’s far from the most original though, perhaps taking too much inspiration from similar titles, but with a little tiny tweak in the controls, it could be a sleeper hit.

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IGN Spain
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 17, 2017

Hollow Knight is a satisfactory metroidvania experience, perhaps taking too much inspiration from similar titles. Anyway, it is a must have.

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God is a Geek
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

It’s a stunning game, majestic in art design and fluid in combat. It’s difficult at times, but the rewards for getting to the next area far outweigh the frustrations.

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GameMAG
9 / 10
GameMAG

Top Critic

9 / 10
Jul 11, 2018

A true masterpiece, near-perfect game. Fans of the genre will surely put it on a par with Super Metroid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

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TechnoBuffalo
Sep 23, 2018

Hollow Knight is a testament to the everlasting enjoyment of the Metroidvania genre. Its spot on controls, exciting boss fights, and sense of progression pull those willing into a surreal, dark world loaded with secrets. Addiction and obsession start to settle in until every last one is found, a sign of the best that the genre has to offer.

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Nintendo Life
9 / 10
9 / 10
Jun 19, 2018

Hollow Knight is a big, beautiful, forbidding Metroidvania that's absolutely thick with detail. From its punchy combat system to its charming art and sound design, this is one of the finest adventures you can have on Nintendo Switch.

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FNintendo
9 / 10
9 / 10
Aug 6, 2018

Hollow Knight is not just another Matroidvania, it's a whole experience that everyone should try. With its immense exploration, fine controls, marvelous audiovisual component and subtle but well-written plot, Hollow Knight is full of reasons why everyone should give this indie game not just an opportunity but a time of their lives.

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Gamersky
9 / 10.0
Gamersky

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jul 10, 2018

Hollow Knight is absolutely a masterpiece. The art style is fantastic, the level designs are outstanding, and battles are challenging and fun. If you enjoy Metroidvania games, don't hesitate trying it.

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Spaziogames
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jun 29, 2018

Hollow Knight confirms on Switch all the good showed in its PC version: we're talking about one of the best (if not the best) metroidvania of the last years, graced by a gorgeous art direction and a fantastic level of challenge. A must buy if you're not afraid of difficult titles.

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Pure Nintendo
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Jul 17, 2018

Hollow Knight is an outstanding game about exploration that's a joy to play, look at, and listen to. Offering tens of hours of superb gameplay, this release is easily worth the asking price and I encourage anyone who enjoys exploration to buy it, with the only exception being those who are particularly deterred by challenging games.

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GameSpew
9 / 10
9 / 10
Mar 6, 2017

It may not be wholly original, but Hollow Knight is without a doubt one of the best metroidvania games out there.

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GameSkinny
Mar 31, 2017

Hollow Knight is a visually stunning Metroidvania game that's as fun as it is difficult -- and sometimes a little terrifying.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
Ofisil

Top Critic

9 / 10
Feb 28, 2017

Hollow Knight is anything but hollow. Cut from the same cloth as Metroid (and a little bit of Dark Souls), its beautifully gloomy, as well as cute, hand-painted underground world, offers one of the best time sinks ever made; and one where skill is definitely in the spotlight. Its plot could be a bit more accessible, and the lack of hand-holding can sometimes be annoying, but these "flaws" can't really crack the surface of this diamond.

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Goomba Stomp
9 / 10.0
Goomba Stomp
Maxwell N
9 / 10.0
Jul 8, 2018

Hollow Knight is a charming, atmospheric effort which takes the Metroidvania style of games to new heights, evolving its inspiration to a experience that's simply a lot of fun to play. It's brutally difficult at times, perfect for those who love a good challenge nad dislike hand-holding, and its various strategic elements bring in a lot of variety. Hollow Knight's aim is on-point, and then some.

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Hu3br
Mar 13, 2017

Charming and challenging, Hollow Knight sets the bar for upcoming metroidvanias.

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Sirus Gaming
8.7 / 10.0
8.7 / 10.0
Mar 14, 2017

Overall, I truly enjoyed the experience this game has brought me. It has given me just the right amount of challenge and yet it's also not letting you get off easy.

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Video Chums
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Jun 15, 2018

Hollow Knight is a huge and rewarding adventure that's full of satisfying secrets and challenges.

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GamePro
86 / 100
86 / 100
Dec 28, 2018

Hard, atmospheric Metroidvania with enormous circumference. Does not take players by the hand and encourages the desire to discover.

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Everyeye.it
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2017

Hollow Night is set in a mysterious, dark and dangerous world, in which the player has to try to survive. A passionate love letter to the genre of 'metroidvania'

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Nintendo Times
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2018

Hollow Knight is yet another example of a great fit on the Switch. The game is extremely challenging and offers up some fun gameplay mechanics. It’s also very long for this type of game, so you’re sure to get your money’s worth!

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Hynerd.it
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
May 7, 2019

Hollow Knight is one of the diamonds born from the passion and dedication of independent software houses. Nothing to envy from any triple A title. An adventure that ignites the player's desire for knowledge by proposing a consolidated formula like the Metroidvania skillfully mixed with the Soulslike genre. Curiosity will push us to find all the answers in the game world and to overcome any frustration due to difficulty. Hand-made drawings and animations create a perfect union with the soundtrack in order to convey a sense of bewilderment and loneliness and then reach an extreme calmness on the finish. A title not to be missed, certainly to be recovered before the already announced sequel.

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Geeks Under Grace
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Apr 10, 2017

Hollow Knight is a fantastic adventure platformer with a massive world and a captivating aesthetic. With such an enticing price point, this game is a must-own for fans of the genre.

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VGProfessional
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Apr 26, 2017

Hollow Knight takes the classic metroidvania formula and builds on it by creating a deep, harrowing world for you to explore. Its smooth, intense combat and innovative progression system are sure to draw in fans of the genre.

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PC Aficionado
8.1 / 10.0
8.1 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2017

Although it doesn't take that many risks, Hollow Knight is unique enough with its Metroidvania elements and its own take on Dark Souls lore. Its gameplay is tight and fluid, its art direction is on point, and it provides more than 30h of enjoyment if you consider the multiple endings—which are more engaging than a couple of choices right after the final boss fight—as well as the free expansion packs, all of which add enough content to prolong the experience.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 21, 2017

Gorgeously presented and cleverly designed, this impressively realised Metroidvania excels in every area except originality.

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VideoGamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Jun 27, 2018

Dark and beautiful, you'll come for Hollow Knight's visual appeal, but you'll stay for the challenge and responsive combat.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Aug 30, 2018

Team Cherry's Hollow Knight avoid all the traps of the Kickstarter project : with its strong artistic direction, the game offers a deep adventure, but only to those strong enough to get through the cryptic beginning of the game. If you feel like trying your best, Hollow Knight, will deliver memorable memories, thanks to its wonderful environments and very intelligent soundtrack. Too bad many players will quit before seeing it.

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GameGrin
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Apr 29, 2017

A unique, technically impressive and mechanically sound addition to the metroidvania subgenre. Hollow Knight is a great challenge, not lacking in any of the quality expected of similar, yet higher profile titles.

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Kinglink Reviews
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Oct 20, 2018

An excellent and challenging Metroidvania style game that is ultimately limited by its difficulty. If you can tackle its challenges, you'll find one of the most exciting games.

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Azralynn
80 / 100
80 / 100
Feb 25, 2017
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