Rampage Knights is a co-op “beat ‘em up” game with random dungeons and Munchkin-esque weapons.
The story is nonexistent but who needs story when you can beat people with Ass Disease while your pet chicken follows you around, laying eggs whenever you get hit?
Rampage Knights Gameplay
Rampage Knights gameplay consists of running around and hitting things. That’s about it, really – which isn’t a bad thing. It’s supposedly a lot like Golden Axe, although I’ve never played it.
It’s a rogue-like, which means that it’ll always feel different each time you play level-wise. It’s pretty simple and once you get a hold of the wonky controls, it’s a straightforward dungeon crawler.
Note: this is strictly a co-op game with 2 people. Per the developers,
We originally wanted to have up to 4 players co-op but after the indiegogo campaign failed we had to cut some features and we decided to fully focus on 2 players and single player only. Online networking for 3 or more players is much harder to implement and also gameplay-wise it would require many changes to keep the game balanced (making rooms bigger for more players, disabling friendly-fire etc). So 4 players co-op is not currently planned, sorry.”
They have at least released local co-op. We haven’t tried it, though.
We got our asses handed to us on this game. Full disclosure, I am not great at games. Alex tends to carry me through plenty of the games we play. And this game is as closed to being a platformer as I can handle.
So, spoiler alert, it pays off to start the game and get yourself killed three times. Casual is way better and we’re still struggling on that mode.
I’m also bad at Castle Crashers. But if you like Castle Crashers, you’ll most likely enjoy this game too.
There’s interesting co-op mechanics in Rampage Knights. For example, when you die, you’re a ghost and you can come back after your partner has killed a certain number of enemies/you’ve gathered up a certain number of souls. The more unique component is that you can interfere with the existing enemies as a ghost and hit them. You do very little damage but it can be really useful to keep enemies busy while your partner battles.
Our biggest complaint is that the game is pretty hard but also the controls are super wonky. It takes some finagling keyboard-wise to get things manageable (I almost always use keyboard controls, even for Rocket League while Alex almost always uses an Xbox controller when a game supports it.)
It’s enjoyable but since it only supports two players, it probably won’t be in our gaming rotation for long. But it’s better than Gauntlet, which always kicks my butt. Over and over and over again.
Also you can hit your partner a lot. That is always a plus.
Our rating: 6/10
Title: Rampage Knights
Developer: Rake in Grass
Game Type: RPG, Beat ‘Em Up
Bartle Type: Socializer, Explorer, Achiever
Player Count: 1-2
Average Play Session Time: 30 minutes
Type of Co-Op: Online, Couch
Platforms: PC, Mac