In our original HarmoKnight review our Editor-in-Chief, Matt Sainsbury, found quite a few things that he liked about the game, but ultimately felt that it was unworthy of the greatness that is expected from Game Freak. In this second opinion review, I wanted to offer another perspective of this unique title to our readers, because while I share many of the same issues with the tile, HarmoKnight’s charm has me excited to see what Game Freak will come up with next.
While the majority of Game Freak fans understandably envision the Pokémon franchise with the developer’s name, for me this isn’t so; I recall the oversized red Game Boy Advance cartridge that holds the drill-tastic platformer, Drill Dozer, in my mind instead. This is a game that I have cherished since the day I purchased it, which was right around its original release date and I’ve longed to see the developer try a new title outside if its staple Pokémon franchise for far too long now. Now that Game Freak employees are free to work on side titles under the developer’s namesake, HarmoKnight just might be the first of numerous unique titles of its ilk we will see going forward. While while my colleague doesn’t find this news particularly exciting, it is a long held wish come true for me and I’m quite overjoyed about it too.