That knight looks familiar

There are days at work where you wish your breaks would just come sooner. When you’d love to shove that pile of paper off your desk (ok, maybe not), and fire up games like Icebreaker to take your mind off.

If you’re looking for adventure, though, Buloght’s Knightsquire might just fit the bill.

Knightsquire title screen

In Knightsquire, one alternates between playing a pompous knight who’s too proud to bend (possibly because of his armor), and his trusted squire, who’s too submissive to take credit for anything. The knight has been summoned by the king for an important mission, but the door is stuck. However, his pride as a knight prevents him from resolving the matter, so he pokes his sleeping squire to get it done. Once they get past the door, though, the knight learns about what happened to the princess, and he and his squire set out to rescue her.

For a game that’s been made in a week, Knightsquire is quite an accomplishment. The graphics are well-executed, and the puzzles are not too difficult to go through. The game’s interface is also easy to use, with the player not having to switch repeatedly between the possible actions to take – most of the time, I just had to left-click to move or talk or manipulate objects. The humorous repartee between the characters also hooked me into the game.

Off to save the princess

Best of all, the game allows you to lower down the sounds and the music, so you won’t have nosy co-workers snitching on you.

The only gripe I had for Knightsquire is that certain hotspots are not as obvious as I’d like them to be. For example, I got the hotspot to go up the stairs to the knight’s quarters almost by accident – I kept getting the response about the squire not being allowed in the library every time I tried. Same goes for the orc’s cave and the bottom of the tower.

It might have been better to enable the player to, say, just click on a patch of grass outside the tower, then the character would just work his way out automatically. That way, the player wouldn’t have to hover the cursor over and over the same spot hunting for the correct pixel. Other than this, the game works perfectly well.

So, if you don’t feel like catching penguins and breaking ice blocks during your lunch, Knightsquire will make the best replacement. Just double-click on the blue cup logo and fire away.

UPDATE: The game appears to be no longer available at the AGS games database. You can download a copy of the game here.