While there are many slashing roguelikes out there, and the ones at the top of the pack are well ahead, there’s no shame in the middle
When you’re working in a genre space that has seen the likes of Hades in this generation, let alone some other strong players, the road to discovery and success has to be a tough one. To Knight vs Giant’s credit, I think that it’s odd humor and story (a variation on the classic Knights of the Round Table / Arthurian legend) when paired with its clean and competent play make it worth a look, at least for fans of the subgenre looking for their next fix. While the specialization trees as you accumulate new perks and skills isn’t as deep or wide as you can find elsewhere, in general I’d say that they’re at least smart. Starting with your base attack and special, which vary pretty nicely and are based on individual knights who you can essentially borrow their powers from, your options may not be so wide for upgrades but they’re also generally smart and geared nicely to the base powers you chose in some cases. This really does provide a feel of quite a bit of build variety as you slash and bash through stages and bosses who get in your way. It may lack some of the polish, variety, and refinement of its betters but it also demonstrates competent design and has just enough oomph to stand on its own for a reasonable price.
Justin Nation, Score: