Hollow Knight (game)

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Beneath the fading town of Dirtmouth sleeps a vast, ancient kingdom. Many are drawn beneath the surface, searching for riches, or glory, or answers to old secrets.

As the enigmatic Knight, you'll traverse the depths, unravel its mysteries and conquer its evils.

Hollow Knight is a 2D side-scrolling action adventure video game in the Metroidvania style. It was developed by Team Cherry and first released for Microsoft Windows on the 24th of February, 2017 then macOS and Linux. It was ported in 2018 to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 by Shark Jump Studios.


The Knight can explore the large interconnected world of Hallownest using a variety of movement and combat techniques. In classic Metroidvania style, there are areas of the world that the Knight cannot access until they obtain particular Items or Abilities. Maps for each area must be bought from a shopkeeper generally hidden somewhere in that area, and the Knight can also buy upgrades that place markers on the map or allow them to reveal parts of the map as they explore. Many areas have a 'boss' enemy that the Knight must defeat in order to continue, and have a number of sub-bosses that drop useful rewards or upgrades.

Defeated enemies drop Geo, a currency that the Knight can use to buy items from shopkeepers. If the Knight is killed, they respawn at the last place they rested and lose all their Geo. They must then return to their place of death and defeat their Shade in order to recover the currency. The Knight also gains SOUL by attacking enemies, which they can then spend to recover lost health or activate special abilities. Health can also be recovered at Hot Springs, which are located around the world, or by resting at a Bench.


The game was first announced through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign that ran from November 19th, 2014 until December 19th, 2014, raising $58,893 AUD. Free additional content and updates were added over the two years following the initial release. Some of the leftover backers rewards as well as the 2nd player character goal are to be fulfilled in the game's sequel, Hollow Knight: Silksong.


The game was well-received, with the PC version having a score of 87/100 on reviews aggregation website Metacritic, and the Nintendo Switch version having a score of 90/100.

Tom Marks, writing at PC Gamer described the game as "the most beautiful hand drawn game [he'd] ever played". Jed Whitaker of Destructoid gave the game a 10/10, stating that it is "[t]ruly a masterpiece of gaming if there ever was one, and certainly art worthy of being in a museum." Some reviewers were critical of the game's lack of innovation in certain areas, such as Metro GameCentral, who said that while "[g]orgeously presented and cleverly designed, this impressively realised Metroidvania excels in every area except originality."


A game by
Team Cherry

Ari Gibson     William Pellen

Technical Director
David Kazi

Sound & Music by
Christopher Larkin

Marketing & Public Relations
Matthew 'Leth' Griffin

Systems & Tools Programming
David Kazi
Additional Programming
Jack Vine
Additional Coding Tools
David Lancaster
Michael Jenkins
Additional Environment Dressing
Tyler Bartley
Nathan Elmer
Additional Character Voices
Makoto Koji
Tyler Bartley
Hari Dimitriou
Matthew Griffin
Hannah Murdoch
Bill Northcott
Zara Pellen
Victoria Roberts
Cassandra "Friskk" Reyna
Not Shalulu
Vocals - City of Tears
Amelia Jones
Tim Cheel
Additional Atmos
Tim Whitt
Localisation Lead
Matthew Griffin
Translation - French
Not Shalulu
Translation - Russian
Alexander Preymak
Additional Translation - Russian
Danila Evstifeev
Andrey Torbin
Alexandra "Alphyna" Golubeva
Translation - Chinese
Yun Wei 韦昀
Ruiyuan Li 李锐媛
Xuan Su 玄素
Kust 卡斯特
Wesley King 王凯
Steven Sun 孙天乐
Translation - Italian
Federica Gaeta
Marco Bortoluzzi
Japanese Localisation
Ryu Ito
Japanese Publishing Support
Kakehashi Games
Translation - Brazilian Portuguese
Lucas "Luska" Fernandes
Vinícius "Viniuau" José
Jonas Breda "Poteiga!"
Luiz Fernando S. M. Maia
Guilherme Antonio Canani
Vinícius de Medeiros Miguel
Additional Translation - German
Tobias Gut
Alessandro Raffaele Addamo
Daniel Spiekermann
Additional Translation - Spanish
Daniel Ruiz "TheBrightKing"
Additional Translation - Korean
Junho Basil Won
Testing Lead
Matthew Griffin
Game Testers
Hari Dimitriou     Ayako Hibino
Tyler Bartley     Ben Newhouse
Lili Carlyle     Pirate-Rob
Joshua Clark     Unborn_Pho3nix
Andrew Cook     Kyle Pulver
Shannon Cross     Greg Smith
Vero "Embraced" Reichert     Luke Souris
Rohan Fraser     Matthew White
Nassim "Simo" Gebrail     Kein Zantezuken
Tobias Gut     Benjamin Zarb
Game Testers - Mac
David Keen
Marcus Herrick
Jonathan Penney
Wayne Psaila
Shark Jump Studios
Matt Le Krupa
James Pearse
Tom Lee
Brad Wesson
Porting Lead - Shark Jump
Matthew Le Krupa
Testing Lead - Shark Jump
James Pearse
Indie Fund
Jeffery Rosen
John Graham
Ben Newhouse
Kyle Pulver
Ron Theis
Figurine Sculptor
David Díaz Patrón
Additional Enemy Behaviour
Pat Sigley
James Gillham
James Ross McNabb
Special Thanks Music
Jeff Van Dyck
Russel Larkin
Mitchell Larkin
Fabian Malabello
Andriana Tran
Angelo Valdiva
Special Thanks
Ludum Dare
Warren Fenn
Rohan Fraser
Ben Gibson
Makoto Koji
Trent Kusters
Morgan Jaffit
Rod Jago
Tim Mcburnie
John Millard
Jason Pamment
Zara Pellen
Victoria Roberts
Lilly Sim
Nicola Stark
Sharyn Stone
Steven Sun
Matt Trobbiani
Dan Treble
Peter Yong
Jenni Vigaud
Chris Wright
Extra Special Thanks to
2158 Backers
& Kickstarter