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  • Summary: Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with memorable characters and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games. You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evilShovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with memorable characters and an 8-bit retro aesthetic created by Yacht Club Games. You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade; a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly. However, between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress at any cost. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Jun 30, 2014
    100
    Shovel Knight is, at the risk of repetition, brilliant, beautiful stuff.
  2. Jun 26, 2014
    100
    If you have any love or affinity for NES-era gaming, you’ll find Shovel Knight is an experience worth having.
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    90
    Shovel Knight is more than just a great platformer; it's a celebration of classic gaming.
  4. Jun 26, 2014
    90
    Dig out some eShop credits: you're not going to want to miss ye olde Shovel Knight.
  5. Nov 14, 2014
    90
    Shovel Knight is the ultimate retro game. It takes all the good parts of old classics and improves on it with current technology. Truly a joy to play.
  6. Old and new in almost the best ways. [Sept 2014, p.78]
  7. Dec 4, 2014
    80
    The portable version Shovel Knight is in any ways as good as the others, even better as the both the graphics and the mechanics works perfect on a small screen. On the negavition side there are some badly designed levels and to many trial and error moments, but for the most part Shovel Knight is a good reminder that games were a bit more rewarding back in the days.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. Jun 28, 2014
    10
    Having missed the era of NES and SNES games, it's simply impossible for this game to impress me on nostalgia alone; it's just damn good.Having missed the era of NES and SNES games, it's simply impossible for this game to impress me on nostalgia alone; it's just damn good.

    I've been with the YCG Kickstarter of this game since the beginning, and the developers showed their passion for this game as both it's own entity and as a homage to the games of their childhood. Not only is the result a game people want to play again and again, but it's an experience the team would have wanted to play some 20-ish years ago as well.

    The gameplay is simple, and allows for epic game design where every screen is a new challenge that feels immensely satisfying to conquer. Armor and weapon (shovel) are upgrade-able, and acquired money can be spent on additional weapons or tools for added variety. The humour throughout, is also incredibly appreciated, as well as the secrets lying about in every stage/village that sometimes require a little re-visiting.

    Checkpoints are added just enough to extremely helpful, but not too far to allow a cakewalk, and for platforming veterans that find it too easy, the checkpoints can also be destroyed to yield extra treasure (if you're confident you won't be needing it). While getting to a tricky part may mean losing a bunch of cash upon each death, the cash bags are retrievable, and cash is generally easy to come by.

    The music is glorious. Each stage, boss fight, and village area has it's own accompaniment, lovingly put together by Jake Kaufman. You may often find yourself humming these retro masterpieces as you play, filling the adventure with the necessary emotion, be it spooky, sorrowful, or exciting. The soundtrack is available for download on Bandcamp for a "name your price" model if you wish to, or wish not to, pay back this amazing composer (I really do implore you to donate).

    The game will also be receiving FREE DLC updates in the future for it's Kickstarter Stretch Goals, that includes playable Bosses (each with their own respective storyline), Battlemode, and etc, all view-able on their Kickstarter page.

    Do not mistake this game for those "retro" indies, that are only "NES-inspired" because of lack of time/effort. The story for this game is high-caliber, the character designs are spiffy and indicative of their environments and fighting styles, the 3DS' hardware is used for Streetpass features and tasteful stereoscopic 3D, and also... the game is just a whole bunch of fun. The New Game + mode and additional save slots can justly accommodate a ton of playtime after one playthrough, and you will certainly take advantage of it.

    Even while I consider myself a baby at platforming and was often a little frustrated with certain segments, it made for a very rewarding experience on completion, and I have absolutely no problems with the game.

    This is a game that restores my faith in the video game industry. At a time where graphics must be so good that you can see goosebumps on people's skin, here's a game that proves you can deliver a perfect gaming experience at a fraction of the cost. If you love 2D platformers like Megaman or Castlevania, or even if you missed out on them (like me), I would highly suggest you try this game. ALL HAIL THE TROUPPLE KING!
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  2. Feb 3, 2015
    10
    This game does everything right. The platforming controls perfectly, the story is entertaining, the music is delicious, and it is anThis game does everything right. The platforming controls perfectly, the story is entertaining, the music is delicious, and it is an all-around perfectly put-together game. It is, without a doubt, the best indie game to date. Expand
  3. Aug 11, 2014
    10
    This game is simply beautiful. The amazing chiptune soundtrack immediately transports you back in time, and the visuals perfectly capture theThis game is simply beautiful. The amazing chiptune soundtrack immediately transports you back in time, and the visuals perfectly capture the look and feel of the NES era. The game is heavily influenced by Mega Man, Duck Tales and other great classic games, but still manages to create its own unique identity that is dripping with charm and humor. It's difficult enough that it feels rewarding, but with checkpoints that allow you to infinitely respawn and retry, does not become too frustrating. With plenty of NPCs to talk to, secrets to find, treasure to unearth and things to collect, I spent 10 hours on my first playthrough and look forward to doing it again on new game+ and seeing what I missed. Accomplishing some of the game's feats (such as finishing the game without dying or destroying all checkpoints) should provide a challenge for even the most hardcore players. I'm already satisfied with the game, but knowing that there are going to be free content updates that include playable bosses, gender swap, 4 player battle mode, and challenge mode, I'm even more excited for the future of this game. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2014
    10
    I didn't grow up with the original Nintendo. Looking back, without those nostalgia shades, there are parts of those games that feel clunky andI didn't grow up with the original Nintendo. Looking back, without those nostalgia shades, there are parts of those games that feel clunky and just not as good as games today. However, there is a certain charm to the simplicity of those games.

    Shovel Knight is a modern NES game. It takes the best parts of a variety of 8-bit games, and the features expected of a game today, and combines them into something amazing. The Mega Man boss fights, Mario 3 over-world, and Duck Tales bounce physics just to name a few major ones. It's a must have for NES veterans and younger gamers.
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  5. Jul 15, 2014
    9
    This a platformer that you MUST GET! Its so much fun and plays great on the Nintendo 3DS. In my opinion its a combination of Dark Souls II,This a platformer that you MUST GET! Its so much fun and plays great on the Nintendo 3DS. In my opinion its a combination of Dark Souls II, Megaman, Zelda II, Ducktales and The Shoveler from Mystery Men. It's a stellar platformer that is challenging and everything feels like an accomplishment. Ex: I died a bunch of times and each time I got my gold back it felt wonderful. This is a hard game and needs a lot of time and devotion. It feels like an RPG. Maybe its a platformer RPG. You have to get this game. Its $14.99 on the eShop and on Steam. Shovel Knight gets a 9/10 Expand
  6. Apr 5, 2015
    9
    FANTASTIC!!!!!!! THE MUSIC IS AWESOME! THE CONTROLLERS ARE AWESOME! GRAPHIC ARE.... sixteen bit. THE LEVELS ARE AWESOME! THE ITEMS AREFANTASTIC!!!!!!! THE MUSIC IS AWESOME! THE CONTROLLERS ARE AWESOME! GRAPHIC ARE.... sixteen bit. THE LEVELS ARE AWESOME! THE ITEMS ARE AWESOME! EVERYTHING IS FANTASTIC! (Except one of the levels run a bit too long, and some cheap enemy placement in one of the final stages) Expand
  7. Jan 17, 2015
    2
    I've now completed the game and have to lower my score for this game from 3/10 to 2/10.

    Some, but not all, of the problems with this game
    I've now completed the game and have to lower my score for this game from 3/10 to 2/10.

    Some, but not all, of the problems with this game are:
    1. Trial and Error is the only way to beat some of the later levels.
    2. Clunky controlls, especially for selecting spells on the fly.
    3. All bosses can be killed with the same strategy.
    4. It doesn't matter if you are a good or bad player, having good mechanical skill will only hinder you.
    5. Only 4 of the spells are useful.
    6. Only 1 of the armors are useful.
    7. Only 2 of the unlockable Abilities/Attacks are useful.
    8. The bosses are the easiest part of the game because of the horrible level design.

    Pros:
    1. It has a nice story, but it's predictable and short.

    Conclusion:
    Would not recommend.
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