Welcome to the world of pixelated chivalry, where your courage, your reflexes and fame will encorage you to reach the dream of every self-respecting knight. Our protagonist travels to Pixelville to fulfill his greatest dream and to marry the beautiful young princess Arianna Annabelle di Grandigund Hyacinthe. To do this he must prove himself a horsemen winning the championship of "The Big 5", recognized as the unbeatable knights of the realm. According to the king, "who manages to defeat in combat will be a good suitor for his daughter!" An epic adventure set in medieval ambient and the world of chivalry, where our protagonist must acquire new and increasingly better equipment to achieve his mission.
Is this an 8? Indeed it is.
I'd give it a 10. But devs need incentives to go and finish the game.
Nah seriously. It deserves an 8 *as of the writing of this review*. The game is very fun and engaging already, there are tourneys, hidden characters (even from other indie or not so indie games), mini-games, a beginning, a midgame and an end.
I'd give the game a better score, and will do as long as I don't forget to, once it's finished. The only reason it scores an 8 at the moment is because it's a bit on the short side right now (around two hours to completely finish the game - and that means main story AND guard "sidequests"), the items aren't very useful at the moment unless you don't really understand the joust system (I finished the last tourney with 2 perfects under my belt. 1 was the last boss. I didn't buy an item during the course of the WHOLE game), and you'll be left craving for more. Which could be a good reason to give it a 9, in fact. One more proof scored reviews don't make sense.
Anyway. It's a neat little RPG/Sim/whatever game, it's full of nice pixels and it keeps evolving. If you don't think it's enough to buy it right now, keep an eye on it. You'll very likely be surprised in the long run.
For now I give it an 8 but this is apt to change as more content is added. I'm not sure what to compare this game to but on it already stands on its own as a fun combination of arcade mini games with a nice little overworld to tie them together.
All of the mini games are the type that can enduce sweaty palms as they increase in difficulty and the smithing and horse riding games are surprisingly nerve-wracking as you go along. The jousting is set to improve and it's already quite a bit of fun. I have a good chuckle every time I wave the defeated and impaled knight up and down on my lance after a match. The combination between moving your shield and lance is simple but does offer a challenge against harder knights.
Another note: the pixel graphics are great and the developers promise to add more animations; I certainly have no complaints here.
In the end this is worth checking out or at the very least following.