Knights of Pen & Paper

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Knights of Pen & Paper
Knights of Pen & Paper Cover Art.jpg
Developer(s)Behold Studios
Publisher(s)Paradox Interactive
Platform(s)iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
ReleaseOctober 30, 2012
Genre(s)Role-playing game

Knights of Pen & Paper is a role-playing video game developed by Behold Studios and published by Paradox Interactive. It was released on October 30, 2012 for iOS and Android, and on June 18, 2013 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Versions for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One were released on December 13, 2018. A Nintendo Switch version was released on May 29, 2018 in North America and on November 21, 2019 in Japan.[1][2]

The game received positive reviews from critics, who cited its originality.


Knights of Pen & Paper is a turn-based RPG with the twist that the game itself exists in the imaginations of a group of Dungeons & Dragons-style role-playing game players, who are also shown.[3] The player can control not only the players of the in-universe game, but also the Dungeon Master, allowing them to choose which battles to fight.[3] The table upon which the in-universe game is being played is also a constant presence.[3]

Sometimes the role-players will break character and talk amongst themselves informally.[3] The game contains many references to 16-bit RPGs.[3]


Knights of Pen & Paper received mostly positive reviews, and holds an aggregate score of 83/100 on Metacritic.[4]

Rich Stanton of Eurogamer scored the game 9/10, calling the game a "rare case" in which such an "offbeat premise" is "executed with such winning aplomb that you can't help but be sucked in", and said that it made him interested in the real Dungeons & Dragons.[3]

Nick Tywalk of Gamezebo scored the game 4.5/5, calling the game a "send up and tribute to old-school RPGs", with "witty writing".[8]

The game was released on PC under the subtitle "+1 Edition", which garnered more mixed reviews from critics on that platform, with an aggregate Metacritic score of 62/100.[5]


The game received a sequel called Knights of Pen & Paper 2, which was developed by Kyy Games and released in 2015.
Galaxy of Pen & Paper, a table-top RPG based on science fiction rather than swords and sorcery, which was developed by Behold Studios once again, and released in 2017.


  1. ^ "Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition". Nintendo of America. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  2. ^ "ナイツ オブ ペン アンド ペーパー(Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition)". Nintendo of Japan. Retrieved April 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Stanton, Rich (2013-01-25). "Knights of Pen & Paper review". Eurogamer. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  4. ^ a b "Knights of Pen & Paper for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  5. ^ a b "Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2017-06-29.
  6. ^ "Knights of Pen and Paper +1 Deluxier Edition for Switch Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  7. ^ Campbell, Nissa (2012-11-07). "'Knights of Pen & Paper' Review – A Tabletop Lover's RPG". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2019-06-10.
  8. ^, Nick Tylwalk (2012-11-07). "Knights of Pen & Paper Review". Gamezebo. Retrieved 2017-06-29.