Join the ranks of the Spiral Knights. Stranded on an alien world, you must explore the ever-changing Clockworks beneath its surface.
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Very Positive (241 reviews) - 83% of the 241 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Very Positive (15,453 reviews) - 84% of the 15,453 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 14, 2011

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August 11

Knights on the Hunt

Greetings Knights!

Been sticking out like a sore thumb? Find yourself stuck with unsightly grass stains on your armor? Camouflage your knight with the look of a true forest hunter! Spiral HQ has revisited the color of true Hunters and created several new offerings.

Contents include:
* Marsh Leafy Aura
* Hunter Valkyrie Wings
* Hunter Tome of Rage
* New Hunter Equipment
* New Hunter Accessories

Hunter 2016 Prize Boxes are available from now through August 22nd, 2016, and details on the box can be found here.

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August 4

Tortodrone Migration!

Spiral HQ calls upon you to once again assist the Tortodrones on their Long Migration. This is proving irresistible to fiendish denizens of the Clockworks who are gathering tortodrone parts for mysterious purposes! Take up arms to investigate and defend against this horrible mischief, and explore the Clockworks to gather fiendish glyphs.

Be sure to collect Ancient Shell materials from the Ancient Grove to craft 3*, 4* and 5* Tortodrone handguns and shields at the Mysterious Alchemy Machine!

The Spiral HQ intel forecasting interns predicts the Tortodrone migration will continue through August 15, 2016. We’re counting on you to protect the magnificent Tortodrones!

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About This Game

Band together and fight to the Core!
Spiral Knights is a cooperative adventure in a persistent world with a focus on instant, fast-paced action. Arm yourself and join the ranks of the Spiral Knights; stranded on an alien world, they must explore the ever-changing Clockworks beneath its surface in hopes of reaching its mysterious Core.

Key Features

Co-operative Exploration
  • The Clockworks offer challenges that are best tackled with friends.
  • Fight monsters, solve puzzles and discover treasures together!
Instant Action
  • Go from login to a multiplayer adventure in less than a minute.
Ever-changing World
  • The Clockworks cycle levels to explore in real time. Every moment of every day changes the world.
Create an Arsenal
  • There are hundreds of unique weapons and gear to discover and alchemize.
Form Powerful Guilds
  • Guild alliances allow greater influence over the world. Amass powerful minerals to transform the Clockworks!
Free to Play!
  • Spiral Knights is free to play, no subscription is required to enjoy everything the game has to offer.

Special Offer:

  • Team Fortress 2 "The Spiral Sallet" Hat
    Receive a free Spiral Knights-themed Team Fortress 2 hat by unlocking an achievement in Spiral Knights!
    To receive the free TF2 hat, players must reach the first Clockwork Terminal from any gate in the Haven Arcade and unlock the 'Mission Accomplished' achievement. (Players who've already unlocked it will also receive the hat.)

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista or 7
    • Processor: 1.3ghz processor
    • Memory: 512MB for Windows XP or 1GB for Windows Vista/7
    • Graphics: 64MB Video Memory. GeForce 5 series, ATI Radeon 8500. Latest video driver.
    • Display: 1024x600
    • DirectX®:
    • Hard Drive: 700MB
    • Java: Version 1.6
    • OS: OS X version Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later.
    • Processor: 1.3ghz processor
    • Memory: 1GB
    • Graphics: 64MB Video Memory. GeForce 5 series, ATI 8500. Latest video driver.
    • Display: 1024x600
    • Hard Drive: 700MB
    • Java: Version 1.6
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8.9 hrs
Posted: August 31
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57.3 hrs
Posted: August 30
It's a good game and I'd recommend it but there is the problem with being addicted to it and not doing your homework, and also you will feel like spending money on it.
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8.9 hrs
Posted: August 30
This is a very fun game, with a very intresting plot! This is a very cool game, but I wan't say much, because I might spoil something if I did ;)
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2.4 hrs
Posted: August 30
game is too much fun i cant stop play
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91.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
Fun with friends, fun without friends and fun when playing with a group of complete strangers.

Choose how you fight (close up and quick, slow, at a range etc...)
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Matt Healy
496.2 hrs
Posted: August 30
One of the best MMORPG I've been played.
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24.6 hrs
Posted: August 29
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[GUG] Caged Tyger
186.0 hrs
Posted: August 29
“The Skylark has been hit, sir!” one of the Knights cried out.

“Evacuate immediately! Nobody should be left on board!” came the orders of Captain Ozlo.

...And so the story begins.


Spiral Knights is an MMORPG with roguelike elements and a scientific fantasy theme. You play as one of the Knights of the Spiral Order. Your primary function, before the crash of the Skylark, which was a massive spaceship, was to discover power strong enough to defeat your enemies in the Morai Wars on Isora, your homeworld. The Skylark picked up a major energy reading on a planet called Cradle. However, when the Skylark ventured to the planet, someone or something fired some sort of weapon at the ship, thus causing it to crash into the planet and partially explode.

Now, instead of finding a power source to save Isora, you are now looking for a way to fix the Skylark and return home. You aren't alone in this endeavor. Other crash survivors are also working towards the same goal.

Despite its welcoming name, Cradle holds many secrets. One secret is that of the alien species on the surface of the planet. Known only as Strangers, they have agreed to help the Knights by selling them equipment and materials. Other, darker secret hide below Cradle's surface though. Deep within the depths of the planet is a complex dungeon system known as the Clockworks.

Not much is known about the Clockworks. The Knights know it is constantly changing and that a race of aliens known as Gremlins live within the confines of the Clockworks. They are also are aware of the Core, which is in the center of the planet and was the thing giving off the energy source detected by the Skylark. Theories of the nature of the Clockworks vary from an experiment by the Gremlins to a museum of alien worlds absorbed by Cradle. Apart from the theories and facts, it is up to the player to explore the dungeons of the Clockworks and find a way off the planet.


The game itself is really straightforward. Spiral HQ will give you missions that will teach you everything you need to know as well as give you ways to explore the Clockworks. These missions are divided up into different sections that will serve as tutorials and advance the story. There are also daily missions that will eventually get your prestige up (which basically gives you a spiffy symbol next to your name).

Another major part of the game is alchemy. Using materials you find in the dungeons, Bazaar, or Market, you can create weapons and armor that will assist you in exploration. There are currently five levels of equipment with one being the worst and five being the best. These levels, known as stars, allow you to gauge how well-suited (no pun intended) you are for a mission.

This equipment can be “forged” by collecting heat spheres in the Clockworks. One an item is fully heated after completing a level, you may use a Fire Crystal to level up your equipment. This is not the same leveling up that goes along with alchemy however. The equipment you use must be leveled up so many times using forging before it can be turned into a higher star using alchemy. Long story short, forging is a stepping stone used to better equipment in the alchemy stations.

Pets are another part of Spiral Knights. There are three types of pets that are conducive to certain playing styles. The first pet is a dragon that is predominantly used for offense. The second pet, being a cat, is mainly a support pet. The third, which is a phantom, is a combination of offense and defense.


Fear not! You don't have to brave the Clockworks alone! Guilds and exploration parties are both commonplace in Spiral Knights. Banding together to explore the dungeons below is an excellent way to level up and have fun.

Guilds tend to be more formal than exploration parties. Depending on the size and seriousness of the guild, the guild may demand a few things from you. The guild has an “upkeep” cost that must be met weekly to keep the guild running properly. A guild also has the chance to purchase upgrades and decorations for their guild hall. That all comes with a higher upkeep cost though! A stricter guild will demand a certain amount of crowns, the in-game currency, per week from you whereas a lax guild could care less about how much you donate.


All of this is wrapped up nicely with a beautiful soundtrack, cute graphics, player trading, a “stock market,” and frequent events.


This game is amazingly good. It could do with some more updates and a bit more content, but overall is finely tuned game. I would recommend checking it out, especially with a few friends so you can all learn and explore together.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 29
It won't let me start the game, either it's my internet or the game, so I'm kind of disappointed, hopefully when I can start the game my opinion will change
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1.7 hrs
Posted: August 29
Kiss it
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
This game is super fun to play with my little siblings. And, I enjoy it just as much as they do! It's Great!
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
Earn "Mission Accomplished" achievement
Get free TF2 Hat (Spiral Sallet)
Play some more or uninstall
Have the TF2 hat to remember it by

Game was suprisingly fun for awhile.
Good multi-player and time waster when you need something to do.
I got sucked into it for awhile and if you do any DLC purchases you can get trading card drops for badge crafting.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
196.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Spiral knights is an enjoyable game that to be honest, I don't find pay to win at all. An excellent co-op game with a great community. It's not one of those games with EVERYBODY wanting to trade. It has everything I'd expect from a proper game.

- Very useful and supportive community
- Updates and events often
- Has a forum which is useful
- The guilds make life so much easier for players in need
- Not a game that tries to grab your cash
- Huge variety of weapons and gear to get and collect

Eventhough I nearly have 200 hours on this game so far, I'm not a vanguard. There's so much to explore in the dungeons and missions with your friends. If you're looking for a game that you don't want to pay for, something you want to have fun with some buddies, somewhere simple to get the hang of, this co-op game is the game for you.

I'll definitely rate this game 10/10!

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
well i must say, it gets harder to collect orbs of stuff whenever you level up, which leads to repeat of gridings FOREEEVEERR! but collecting orbs is one thing, this game has alot of routes to go through, if you feel you can handle thousands of grindings then this would be a good game for you, the spark of life system can easily be wasted, but i reccomend this game because mainly it's usually fun to grind with friends (if you have any.)

P.S: when you download it on steam, it seems like no biggie until it starts installing, sort of like glyph, am i rite?
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 17
for a free to play rpg game its very well made, i like it alot. it kindof reminds me of realm of the mad god, which you should also check out. overall i recommend this game.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3,273.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
5 long years ago this game was brought to life by a childhood dream of a guy we know as Nick.
A new advanture began back there, little knights grouped up and swore to deffend this world.
They Fought... They Ran.. They Fell... They got up... They never gave up.
These Knights Roam the Cradle to this day, with the knowlage of everchanging clockworks, stories of burning cities, fear of the creatuion that feeds on minds of the people, souls of kinds and fear of us all...
This Family... This Dream... This World..
Its part of me. and i am part of it too..
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
I'm surprised so many players would not recommend this game. I actually enjoy it, and I do recommend it. The storyline is interesting, and it is a fun arcade type game. For a free-to-play game, it's fun and well made. I love the art style.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
This is just a straight up all around fun game! The music is excellent and really drives the action!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful