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Video Game: Knack

Knack is a platform game developed by SCE Japan Studio exclusively for the PlayStation 4, and is a launch title for the system. Mark Cerny, executive producer of classic PlayStation games like Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, serves as director.

It stars a small, mysterious creature named Knack, who was created by a doctor from ancient relics as a way to fight against Gundahar and his goblin army. Knack can bind even more relics that he finds to transform into a much bigger, more powerful creature. Knack can even incorporate different elemental powers such as metal and ice later on, yielding different abilities.

Not to be confused with the New Wave Music band The Knack. Or the Dilbert episode.

This game contains examples of:

  • Bag of Spilling: The game has several ways of forcing Knack to divest himself of relics in his body. The most common one is the fact that Vargas' personal plane is an itty-bitty two-seater, which Knack can only fit in by reverting to his smallest form.
  • Book Ends: At the beginning of the game, Vargas calls Knack "his greatest creation" (the very first level is also called "His greatest creation"). As the end, as Knack goes to confront the Final Boss:
    Vargas: "Good luck."
    Knack: "It'll be okay. After all, as you like to say: I'm your greatest creation."
    • It serves to show Knack's Character Development from Vargas' pet project to a loyal but independent being who is his own master.
  • Character Title
  • Creative Closing Credits: The credits consist of Knack in his various sizes dancing around to How You Like Me Now? by The Heavy.
  • Cyber Cyclops: Some of Viktor's robots. The rest have two eyes arranged vertically instead, so they still look weird anyway.
  • Expy: Some of the robot enemies early in the game carry large glowing blue nets, similar to the ones used by characters in Ape Escape, another game from Sony Japan.
  • Genre Throwback: This seems to be a throwback to cartoony Fifth Generation platform games from the '90s such as the aforementioned Crash and Spyro.
  • Gotta Catch 'Em All: The Gadgest pieces and the crystal pieces to unlock Knack's other forms.
  • Harder Than Hard: Beating the game at Hard difficulty unlocks Very Hard mode.
  • Meaningful Name: "Knack" is slang for skill, hence the name he gives himself.
    • Alternatively, in old times, knack is shortform of knick-knack, which is what his body structure is.
  • Monogender Monsters: You never ever see a female goblin.
  • Monster Arena: The Coliseum Attack and Time Attack side modes.
  • New Game+: Inevitable to achieve 100% Completion. See Random Drop.
  • Our Goblins Are Different: Interestingly, despite being called goblins, the majority of them bear more likeness to Orcs, with them being tall, buff and with tusks (which goblins don't usually have). The ones that fit the description are the smallest ones.
  • Random Drop: The gadget parts (to build gadgets to help you in-game) and the crystal relics (to unlock Knack's alternate forms). They can be found in treasure chests in hidden rooms, but these chests only respawn during New Game+. At least each gadget part needs to be collected just once; You need multiple crystal relics to unlock a new form, each crystal has distinct rarity, and even after getting enough of one crystal type to unlock a new form you may still get redundant pieces.
  • Sequel Hook: Gundahar is still at large.
    • Look closely during the ending, and you'll see that Knack still has one of the endgame "Super Relics" within him (the purple cone / "hair").
  • Shows Damage: Most enemies, and even Knack himself, will lose pieces/armor once they start taking damage.
  • Tech Demo Game: Part of the purpose of the game is to demonstrate the PS 4's ability to handle a large number of discrete objects on screen - Knack in his largest forms is made up of hundreds of independently rendered relics.


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