Sir Lovelot | PS5 Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
Sir Lovelot is developed by pixel games and published by Sometimes You. It is an arcade style platformer and is available on Windows PC, PlayStation, XBox and Nintendo Switch. For this review I was playing the PlayStation 5 version which was kindly supplied to us by pixel games.
As someone who grew up in the days of Sega Mega Drive and Nintendo GameBoy, and their games being all the rage, Sir Lovelot felt like such an unexpected nostalgia trip for me. It was a totally welcome surprise and felt like a real palate cleanser from all the typical games that are being released at the moment. I say this in the sense that sometimes it’s so nice to pretty much go back to the basics where gaming really started - at least for me. I’m too young to have been of the Pong and Space Invaders generation. I feel like with all the advances in technology we often miss out on these kinds of experiences that really take us back to our childhood and it made me really happy to see that even in 2021, developers are still releasing solid arcade style platformers.
The story of Sir Lovelot is a classic love story. Your main character, Sir Lovelot, I presume, is seeking the love of his life and throughout the game your aim is to collect flowers. These are to win the affections of a damsel in distress, who very much reminds me of Rapunzel because at the end of each level, your finishing point is a castle turret where you climb her hair to give her the fruits of your labour. Throughout the levels you collect coins, diamond rings and flowers all in the hopes of finding yourself a suitable wife at the end of it.
The general level design is fairly simple and I didn’t really find myself struggling terribly with any of them. Within about 15 to 20 minutes of playing I had completed the first level with little to no struggle. I continued on and beat the game within an hour or so of play time, so it’s a relatively short play but every level is timed and has hidden coins to collect throughout. If you're the kind of person that likes to get the fastest times in each level or speed run games and also find every collectable, there’s a bit of replay value in there. I think my biggest criticism of Sir Lovelot is that throughout the game it felt very much like the obstacles were very generic and were simply copy and pasted with little variety to be found and this only added to the easiness of the game for me. On the other hand, this could easily be attributed to what I talked about earlier - the simplicity of a classic style arcade platform game. Sir Lovelot isn’t terribly demanding of skill and is very generous to the player with check-points throughout the levels so players of any skill level will be able to enjoy and appreciate this lovely game. The ease with which I completed the game was a little underwhelming for me - I didn’t really find there to be a massive increase in difficulty as I progressed which was slightly disappointing, but for people who like to relax with their games and not be overly challenged Sir Lovelot is for you!
Overall, I really appreciated Sir Lovelot. The graphics consist of lovely pixel art with a retro style, the soundtrack was also the perfect accompaniment for a great and unexpected nostalgia trip. The controls were lovely and smooth and posed no real issue and the game simply done what it said on the tin. I unfortunately feel like Sir Lovelot could be overlooked by a lot of gamers because of its arcade nature and SNES looking graphics however it was a fun and enjoyable change from the normal games that I would typically be playing so for that reason I’d recommend it. But I’d particularly recommend it (and already have) to friends who regularly play retro games and platformers as something new to add to their collection.
Lj’s Rating: 3 damsels in distress out of 5.
Many thanks to pixel games for supplying the review code.