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Monday, August 06, 2007
Seiklus and Knytt are both serene platformers with more focus on ambiance and atmosphere than challenges. I'm sure that if both of them were thrown into a real cage match they'd make friends with one another instead of fight.

Vote for your favorite! (To enable easy vote-counting, please mention your vote as the first word of the comment.)

Vote count: Seiklus 16 - 25 Knytt

Previous results:
Warning Forever [27] - [29] Fraxy
Dwarf Fortress [73] - [21] The Kingdom of Loathing
Sumotori Dreams [8] - [44] Toribash


Blogger Echo said at 8/06/2007 01:52:00 AM:  
Seiklus wins for me. Though Knytt is excellent too.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 01:56:00 AM:  
Knytt for sure.
Blogger Chainsaw D. said at 8/06/2007 02:05:00 AM:  
knytt in an instant.
Blogger jw said at 8/06/2007 02:08:00 AM:  
Seiklus gets my vote since it is bigger. Just because it'd be mean AAAH HELL:

Knytt is more fun, it gets my vote.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 02:32:00 AM:  

While both games are written like a love letter the 8-bit-era gone by, Seiklus is content being just a Megaman clone, while Knytt strives to be a 2D version of Shadow of the Colossus. (minus the malevolent colossi killing)
Anonymous Mosh said at 8/06/2007 02:33:00 AM:  
Knytt may not have come to be if it wasn't for Knytt so Seiklus gets my vote.
Blogger shockedfrog said at 8/06/2007 02:33:00 AM:  
Seiklus for me. Knytt's good, but doesn't compare for me - maybe a slight disappointment after WaDF, I dunno. Looking forward to Knytt Stories.
Anonymous Mosh said at 8/06/2007 02:55:00 AM:  
Hmm: I meant 'if it wasn't for Seiklus.' Blah. Anyways vote is still the same.
Anonymous LFF said at 8/06/2007 03:27:00 AM:  

I found seiklus quite boring, and the art isn't brilliant. Knytt is more ambient and is put together brilliantly.
Anonymous ahuh said at 8/06/2007 03:40:00 AM:  
Knytt wins for me.
Blogger svrman said at 8/06/2007 03:54:00 AM:  
Tough one but Kyntt does it for me. Reminds me of my hamster.
Anonymous x_x said at 8/06/2007 04:06:00 AM:  
I'd rather vote for them making friends though.
Blogger Tommy said at 8/06/2007 04:09:00 AM:  
Anonymous Mosh said at 8/06/2007 04:09:00 AM:  
Is this your hamster ?
Blogger Gregory Weir said at 8/06/2007 04:21:00 AM:  
Knytt. I grinned the whole way through.
Blogger evan said at 8/06/2007 04:24:00 AM:  
Blogger RavenWorks said at 8/06/2007 04:31:00 AM:  
Anonymous Dave said at 8/06/2007 04:52:00 AM:  
Blogger Joe said at 8/06/2007 04:57:00 AM:  
Blogger Tunips said at 8/06/2007 04:58:00 AM:  
Seiklus. It is calm and serene and grand and beautiful.
Blogger Michal said at 8/06/2007 05:22:00 AM:  
Knytt. Though Seiklus seems to have paved the way for these more artistic exploration platformers, I feel Knytt stands in a league of its own.
Blogger haowan said at 8/06/2007 05:58:00 AM:  
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 06:17:00 AM:  
I like the feel of seiklus better so I choose

Blogger Ian said at 8/06/2007 06:34:00 AM:  
Blogger Echo said at 8/06/2007 06:43:00 AM:  
[Man, I'm really disapointed at the way this is going. I mean, Kyntt is a lovely game and everything, but come on...]
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 06:59:00 AM:  
Knytt! More polished and inspired.
Blogger haowan said at 8/06/2007 07:05:00 AM:  
[@Echo: I was disappointed by the fraxy/wf vote personally :) I just tried Seiklus again and while it is excellent, the controls are a bit iffy for me and there are annoying level design decisions like traps that send you back to different bits of a level. For me Knytt is a better game, even though there's less to collect. But I was in two minds for a while :)]
Blogger Matthew said at 8/06/2007 07:09:00 AM:  
Knytt. Gotta be Knytt.
Blogger BoboDaHobo said at 8/06/2007 07:44:00 AM:  
Knytt is the clear winner. While Seiklus may have started up the whole 'ambient-platforming' genre, it just doesn't feel as well though-out as Knytt.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 07:49:00 AM:  
Seiklus, for many reasons.
Anonymous Kairos said at 8/06/2007 07:56:00 AM:  
Anonymous Fda said at 8/06/2007 08:44:00 AM:  
Knytt. Hard choice, but Knytt has something "more".....
Blogger Zmann said at 8/06/2007 09:15:00 AM:  
Anonymous Triple T said at 8/06/2007 11:12:00 AM:  
Seiklus. Knytt's challenges were too sparse to make it feel like a (fun) video game while Seiklus's simple story and "juicy" colecting mechanism kept me glued till the end.
Anonymous Jared said at 8/06/2007 11:21:00 AM:  
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/06/2007 11:22:00 AM:  
Seiklus easily. Knytt barely feels like a game.

'Seiklus is content being just a Megaman clone'

Um, what?
Anonymous e said at 8/06/2007 12:58:00 PM:  
Knytt. It's brilliant. Which isn't to say Seiklus isn't. Knytt is just better, and lacks the frustration in certain points of Seiklus.
Blogger Israel said at 8/06/2007 01:27:00 PM:  

Though both games are very entertaining, I prefer Knytt's art style and controls. I prefer the way that Knytt moves. It's really a question of taste. Quite trivial, actually.
Anonymous rapidwingo said at 8/06/2007 02:47:00 PM:  
Knytt. Although both are great games, knytt managed to really pull me into the world with its ambience and subtle music. Also, I feel that Seiklus was too much about collecting and not as much about exploring, where the objective in Knytt seemed much more voluntary and less like a chore. Lastly, I heavily prefer the style of Knytt's interface (or lack there of) and graphics opposed to Seiklus. The fact that Seiklus contained a menu really took me out of the atmosphere of the game.
Blogger Shaheen said at 8/06/2007 02:49:00 PM:  
Blogger Eric said at 8/07/2007 03:00:00 AM:  

I liked them both, but the environments of Seiklus weren't as consistently charming and/or interesting, which really matters when all you're doing is moving around in those environments.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/07/2007 02:25:00 PM:  
Seiklus, how can anyone even think of voting for Knytt
Blogger jonrudd said at 8/07/2007 02:54:00 PM:  

the soundtrack is so good I attually listen to it when not playing the game, it sets just the right mood :)
Blogger whitebrice said at 8/07/2007 07:25:00 PM:  
Seiklus. Maybe Knytt looked better, but I felt more compelled to get that little guy back home than I did in Knytt.
Blogger Greg said at 8/08/2007 10:13:00 AM:  

I do agree that it's a choice of splitting hairs. Knytt is an excellent game, and is masterfully executed, yes, but the advancement (powerups and the like) just didn't feel right to me, and it's entirely grid-based world made it seem entirely less organic to me. Also, towards the end of Knytt, the enormous amount of backtracking was starting to drive me nuts.

Seiklus on the other hand did a beautiful job portraying a colorful world; the graphical style and general ambiance did a better job convincing me of the real environment. I personally didn't have trouble with the trapped chamber, which some people complained about. Lastly, Seiklus has definitely had the bigger impact on gaming, as it was first.
Anonymous Anonymous said at 8/08/2007 11:41:00 AM:  
Knytt all the way!
Anonymous B said at 8/14/2007 01:35:00 PM:  
Seiklus has too many awesome things in it to be denied my vote. I tried to think of a legitimate comment but I honestly don't know where to begin. Seiklus blows me away every time I play it.
Blogger Michal said at 10/13/2007 07:15:00 AM:  
Knytt is it for me. Can't believe I missed this cage match :P...
Blogger seandinwiddie said at 12/09/2007 10:25:00 PM:  
what other games would people find similar to these and recommend , as far as atmospheric platformers?

I just found knytt the other day through a mag and have completely fallen in love with it. Now, because of scouring the web for info on knytt, I have found this page and am going to download Seiklus. I also love shadow of colossus and metroid.