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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: 44 out of 46
  2. Negative: 0 out of 46
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    100
    If you played these classic NES games back in the day and are looking for that feeling again, you just found it. Shovel Knight is one game pretty much any gamer should not miss out on.
  2. Jul 2, 2014
    90
    Take a shovel. Take a knight. Sum them up. Shake with a NES cartridge. The result is probably a masterpiece.
  3. Jul 28, 2014
    90
    Unless you absolutely must have your games made of polygons or completely hate the indie movement, you need to have Shovel Knight in your video game library.
  4. Jul 4, 2014
    85
    Shovel Knight is a well-made action platformer. Old school gamers will love it.
  5. Nov 13, 2014
    85
    Shovel Knight is a beautiful tribute to the era that used to be. With it's graphics and gameplay it refers to 8-bit games, but it does have a unique touch of its own. It might be a bit short, but it sure has a strong personality.
  6. Aug 20, 2014
    80
    Shovel Knight is all about learning patterns. [Sept 2014, p.106]
  7. Jun 26, 2014
    70
    There is gold in these old genres, and Shovel Knight is a successful dig.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    You can describe "Shovel Knight" in one word: MASTERPIECE! Everything here is top notch, 8/16 bit graphics with modern touch, chiptune music,You can describe "Shovel Knight" in one word: MASTERPIECE! Everything here is top notch, 8/16 bit graphics with modern touch, chiptune music, responsive control and last but not least: addictive gameplay!

    GOTY 2014 for me.
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  2. Jul 28, 2014
    10
    This game is simply amazing! Even though it's retro, it feels so good. The best part of this game must be the amazing level design and music,This game is simply amazing! Even though it's retro, it feels so good. The best part of this game must be the amazing level design and music, everything else still being of very good quality. If something, I disliked the rather short length of the game. Expand
  3. Mar 11, 2015
    10
    ITS PERFECT this game is great! from the simple controlers than can be aplied to interact in so many ways with the enviroment and enemies. theITS PERFECT this game is great! from the simple controlers than can be aplied to interact in so many ways with the enviroment and enemies. the level design which is intuitive and fun to travel while creating new challenges and new ways for you to act in them. the boss characters have enough charm and personality to make themselves notable and their fights have great variety. the story seems simple at first but it turns deeper and much more rewarding than initialy expected i wont spoil just gonna tell you its great XD. the 8bit graphics are amazing, colorful and detailed enough to give off all sorts of characters and animations. the upgrades are not about making the character stronger but about giving you new tools for you to traverse the levels without breaking the dificulty. i just wanna say i didnt play the 8bit era of games so i can see that this is not merely nostalgia bait, its a full experience on its own I LOVE THIS GAME Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2014
    9
    A great Throwback title, the games bosses do not follow a pattern which in turn allows for more fun and interesting boss fights, responsiveA great Throwback title, the games bosses do not follow a pattern which in turn allows for more fun and interesting boss fights, responsive controls are great, and fun gameplay all in one package what more could you ask for? it really fits in with the retro aspect in gaming, excellent. Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    9
    Megaman + Ducktales + Super Mario Bros 3. That's pretty much what the game is, but with a new character "Shovel Knight" who instead of hisMegaman + Ducktales + Super Mario Bros 3. That's pretty much what the game is, but with a new character "Shovel Knight" who instead of his butt/shoes, blaster or cane uses shovel to take down his foes. Expand
  6. Jun 29, 2014
    8
    There are many games out there that go for that retro aesthetic, so you might wonder what exactly it is that sets Shovel Knight apart from allThere are many games out there that go for that retro aesthetic, so you might wonder what exactly it is that sets Shovel Knight apart from all those games that borrow from what has come before them. The creators of Shovel Knight are obviously fans of classic games on the NES like Mario Bros., Megaman, and Castlevania just to name a few and great care has been taken to use the more memorable elements from these games both the loved (Duck Tales style pogo attacks, Megaman style bosses, and Castlevania style sub weapons) and the hated (knock-back deaths and difficulty on the level of Megaman 2). Even so, Shovel Knight does enough to set itself apart as it's own game with it's quirky cast of characters, awesome music, amazing sprite art, and rather odd choice of weaponry. It is not perfect however; even though I would consider Shovel Knight a fair game, there were times where I felt that no person playing for their first time would be able to avoid death just because an enemy popped up over a bottomless pit when they weren't expecting it. A death in a video game is fair when the player sees danger coming and simply doesn't respond to it accordingly, it's not fair if you get sucker punched. Even so this only emboldens that classic NES feeling where a gamer will play again but this time with memory on their side. Shovel Knight is a game that is well worth your time. Expand
  7. Aug 6, 2014
    0
    While there is some value I'm certain many of those reading this can find I cannot this is due to a) me being a new gamer and not having anWhile there is some value I'm certain many of those reading this can find I cannot this is due to a) me being a new gamer and not having an idea of what this is based off if making it seem like either a total rip off to something heavily inspired I can't connect to b) graphics like these tend to make me nauseous this is something of an issue I have and can take me out of the game a lot c) this was overhyped and for reasons I've mentioned above did not deliver c) the difficulty is inconsistent making a lot of the already rather awkward controls and level design feel more well awkward I would go on but this short game isn't really worth my time and please note my actual score would be a 3 Expand

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