is a cutesy action-platformer developed and released by Psygnosis
for the PlayStation
in 1999. Its plot centers around Kingsley, a vulpine "Apprentice True Knight
" adopted by a royal pair of rabbits
who sets out to protect the Fruit Kingdom from Bad Custard
and retrieve the Queen's stolen book of magics. On his quest, Kingsley finds himself having to free several fellow True Knights from Bad Custard's thrall
Essentially a colorful platformer that plays a bit like Crash Bandicoot
and a third-person The Legend of Zelda
. It's garnered a relatively modest cult following for its endearing characters and settings.
This game contains examples of:
- 1-Up: Gathering 50 coins nets Kingsley a 1-up.
- A Taste of Power: You get to try out the extremely useful crossbow during the training course at the beginning, but you don't recieve your own crossbow until much later.
- Badass Adorable / Pintsized Powerhouse: Don't let his adorable stature fool you, Kingsley bravely takes out enemies four times his own height and mass.
- Big Bad: Bad Custard is an overgrown rodent disguised as a chef at Carrot Castle. He stole Queen Angelica's book of magic and used his dark wizardry to corrupt the Fruit Kingdom's champions into mindless servants in a pretty standard bid to dominate the lands.
- Block Puzzle
- Crossbow and Sword in Accord
- Cannot Tell a Joke: Lenny, the resident jester, is terrible with jokes. Indeed, Lenny admits he only does juggling.
- Chest Monster: Although it's not the chest itself that attacks you - sometimes you'll open one to discover that it's full of scorpions. On rare occasions, a chest will turn out to be a bomb.
- Contractual Boss Immunity: All bosses are immune to the crossbow (annoying, since they always seem to prefer whatever corner of the arena you're not in) except for one flying boss that can only be hit with the crossbow.
- Conveniently an Orphan: Kingsley is just stated to be an orphan. Never is it mentioned where his real parents are or what fate they met. Though given what Bad Custard is doing to the Fruit Kingdom, one might not want to think about it too much...
- Cutscene Power to the Max: The True Knight gear apparently bestows abilities like Super Strength and In a Single Bound, yet these aren't part of standard gameplay and are only used once each to reach some of the later bosses' hideouts.
- Disney Villain Death: Bad Custard bites it by falling three stories into a boiling cauldron.
- Dreamworks Face: Even though he's a thorough Nice Guy, Kingsley has a vaguely-cocky smirk on the boxart. Even in-game, it's his default expression.
- Ear Notch: Kingsley has one from the very beginning, indicating that he's regular fighter even before his knight training (which might explain why his adoptive parents have no objection to him flinging himself into mortal peril).
- Evil Chef: Bad Custard wears a chef hat at all times, and fights with a soup spoon when he's not flinging Queen Angelica's magic at you. His arena is a giant kitchen, to boot.
- Face-Design Shield: A fox's face, of course.
- Follow the Money: Besides the standard jump-here-arc-of-coins, some coins are also switches that open doors when picked up.
- Frothy Mugs of Water: There's an abbey with monks who concern themselves with brewing root-beer. Even the level music uses sounds of spoons hitting bottles and bottle-blowing. Make of that what you will.
- Furry Fandom: Definitely earned a place, but being the obscure gem it is, it's not talked about much except among its cult following.
- Grimy Water: It ranges from ordinary tainted water to roiling green acid, although it's all functionally identical to regular water.
- Hearts Are Health: Kingsley can find big Hearts in chests to restore his health.
- Improbable Accessory Effect: You got an upgrade for your shield! Surely this must improve your defensive abilities, right? Nope, it summons giant floating gemstones to use as stepping stones. But only in one spot in the whole world.
- Interchangeable Antimatter Keys: Although doors require specific keys, any chest key can be used on any locked chest. All keys, door and chest alike, are destroyed when used.
- Kid Hero: Kingsley's exact age isn't stated, but he's obviously no older than twelve.
- Knight in Shining Armor: Guess who.
- Lava Pit: Plenty in Snuff's lair. Bad Custard's castle is suspended over the crater of a volcano.
- Lock and Key Puzzle
- Luckily My Shield Will Protect Me: But not from projectiles.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: King Marius and Queen Angelica are pretty sensible rulers, if a little inactive.
- Retired Badass: Old Wrinkle might qualify, as Kingsley is asked to see him for his knightly training.
- Super Drowning Skills: Any bodies of water deeper than Kingsley's shins send him warping back to the spot he walked from with reduced health.
- Speaking Simlish: Everyone just makes cute noises whenever dialogue occurs.
- Entire Arsenal of Plot Advancement: The first half of the game entails collecting the True Knight's gear, which has been intentionally hidden across the kingdom as a test for apprentices.
- Tank Controls: Crosses into Fake Difficulty as it makes things a bit challenging when trying to position yourself to attack enemies and block their attacks in return. Especially when dealing with the slippery parts of the platforming sections.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: All bosses, and most minor enemies, will laugh at Kingsley if they kill him.
- Video Game Settings:
- Warp Zone: Foxholes (which look more like brick pipes dug down into the ground) are used in the castle basement and courtyard to warp to each of the worlds.
- World of Funny Animals