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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
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
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  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. Official Nintendo Magazine UK
    Aug 8, 2014
    87
    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: 46 out of 53
  2. Negative: 3 out of 53
  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. Jan 1, 2015
    10
    This is my favorite video game of all time! Awesome boss fights! A difficult game (especially Propeller Knight) but a "fair difficult". IThis is my favorite video game of all time! Awesome boss fights! A difficult game (especially Propeller Knight) but a "fair difficult". I love the "Hall of Champions" and clearing all the ghosts - I also like the portraits of the Kickstart backers. Also love the relics earned by discovering secrets in levels. Here's a little secret: when you make it to the Tinker Knight boss fight, use the "Wheel Relic" to defeat him with one hit! Expand
  3. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    Gotta love it. It really kind of reminds me of Mega Man 6. It gets so many things right. With Yacht Club games to their first game as good asGotta love it. It really kind of reminds me of Mega Man 6. It gets so many things right. With Yacht Club games to their first game as good as it is, the next game, whether its a sequel or an entirely new game, will be a game to be held with high expectations. Expand
  4. Jun 29, 2014
    10
    Shovel Knight is the type of game that comes once every 20 years or so. The last time I played a game which was able to invoke such awestruckShovel Knight is the type of game that comes once every 20 years or so. The last time I played a game which was able to invoke such awestruck wonder and emotion from me was back in the early '90s when I played Mega Man 3 for the first time. This game is what we would call a masterpiece. A masterpiece that will certainly be talked about decades from now, as titles such as Mega Man 1-3, Super Mario World and Zelda A Link to the Past are talked about today. Not only does Shovel Knight exceed all expectations, it actually manages to go toe to toe with the Capcom and Nintendo classics of old. Had this game released back in the late '80s or early '90s, it would most likely be regarded as one of the greatest video games of the retro era. What more can I say?

    NOTE: I found the 3D effect of the 3DS version really elevated the game above its Wii U and PC counterparts. All are perfect 10's in my book, but if I had to choose one platform, 3DS would be it.
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  5. Jan 2, 2015
    9
    A zero?Really ?That's just stupid.There always has to be an idiot to score it low.God himself could make a perfect game and some jagoff wouldA zero?Really ?That's just stupid.There always has to be an idiot to score it low.God himself could make a perfect game and some jagoff would give it a zero.These are the same idiots that think dj's are musicians.I know there are some cool kids out there but this generation has robbed all ideas from previous generations.Maybe that's why they could spot talent if it stood in front of them.Now Google that! Expand
  6. Jun 27, 2014
    9
    This is coming from someone who doesn't like retro games. My theory has always been what in the past should remain in the past. With thatThis is coming from someone who doesn't like retro games. My theory has always been what in the past should remain in the past. With that said, something about the way this game looked from the very beginning caught my eye. From the character design to the weapon of choice!

    Now having played it I can clearly say this is what a great nes game should play like. This is the modern way to do retro gaming imo and I hope everyone else takes notes here and follows suit.

    Great game that everyone retro or modern gaming fan should try for themselves.

    This is truly a love letter from a company that loves the Times gone by!
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  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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