Developer: Flat Panda Games
Publisher: Ratalaika Games S.L.
Platforms: PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Sersie X, PC
Reviewed On: Switch
Release Date: 01/04/2022
£7.99 £6.39/ $7.99 $6.39
On sale until 21/04/2022
Reviewed By: Keith Lavelle
Review Rush was kindly supplied with a review code.
In Flat Kingdom you play as the Paper Knight, the shape shifting hero of our tale. The Princess has been kidnapped by a mysterious fox masked criminal. The mysterious cloaked figures’ true intentions are not clear. They are, however, trying to steal the six magical crystals.
These six crystals keep everything in the flat kingdom, well flat. Removing the crystals is causing havoc with the topography and turning everything 3D. It turns out that you are the only one who can save the Flat Kingdom with your shape changing powers.
The story starts off as the usual simple affair, but as you progress, the plot has a few interesting points.
Rock, Paper, Scissors
The Flat Kingdom is a charming-looking paper art puzzle platformer that makes use of our wee heros shape changing skills.
The Paper Knight can change into three shapes: circle, square and triangle. With each having their own uses; Circle moves at a medium pace, but can double jump. Square is slow moving and low jumping, but can tank damage. Triangle is fast moving and can jump at medium height. I found myself going between a circle for platforming and a triangle for speed unless there was a puzzle or ‘combat’.
Shape changing is just a button press that speeds up the gameplay. As you progress, the Paper Knight will gain new skills that are used to solve puzzles throughout the game. Some backtracking may be needed.
There is combat of a sort, no actual fighting but more rock, paper, scissors style. With circle beating square, square beating triangle and triangle beating circle. Each enemy’s form will look like the shape it is, and will have the shape above it. So touching it with the shape that beats it will kill it. Puzzles work the same as combat. You will need a specific move or shape to best the puzzle.
A Wrong Cut
Unfortunately for Flat Kingdom, the gameplay gets stale and annoying fairly early, even with the additions of new moves. The constant switching between shapes becomes a chore more than something fun.
Also, Flat Kingdom has a lot of platforming where precision jumping is needed, and our cute hero just does not react well enough to pull some jumps on.
Overall, Flat Kingdom is a cute-looking platformer that has an interesting shape shifting mechanic. But just misses the mark with the controls and constant shape shifting.
But as it is a budget title, it is still good to pick up and play.