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Generally favorable reviews- based on 415 Ratings

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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. Collapse

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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. games(TM)
    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: 62 out of 74
  2. Negative: 4 out of 74
  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. Aug 23, 2014
    10
    This game is amasing. One of the best in 2014. Entertaining boss fights, always something new every level, the best music I've heard in aThis game is amasing. One of the best in 2014. Entertaining boss fights, always something new every level, the best music I've heard in a video game and the ending was just so good. I've never wanted a sequel of a game so badly since Dishonored. And one tip: don't close the game in the credits, just trust me. Expand
  3. Oct 24, 2015
    10
    Shovel Knight is a 2014 2D side-scrolling platform game, developed and published by independent video game developer Yacht Club Games.Shovel Knight is a 2014 2D side-scrolling platform game, developed and published by independent video game developer Yacht Club Games. Following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the game was initially released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U in June 2014, and ports of the game for OS X and Linux followed in September of the same year. 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 26, 2014
    9
    Played a couple of hours and I can say it's a great old-style game! I don't know how long will it last, but had a lot of fun so far. Game hasPlayed a couple of hours and I can say it's a great old-style game! I don't know how long will it last, but had a lot of fun so far. Game has a lot of secrets and hidden paths, and so you''ll probably reply the levels a few times.
    Great 8/16 bit graphic and music
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  6. Oct 4, 2015
    8
    Retro masterpiece! Great platformer inspired by amazing titles from the NES days. Being a fan of MegaMan, I can't help but recommend thisRetro masterpiece! Great platformer inspired by amazing titles from the NES days. Being a fan of MegaMan, I can't help but recommend this little jewel. Controls are smooth, the music is cool, the graphics are nice and the levels are cleverly designed to entertain the player without frustrating him/her too much.
    The duration of the story mode is pretty short (5-7 hours), be aware of that. Still totally worth the money in my opinion.
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  7. Dec 30, 2015
    0
    This game is old school Nintendo, at its best AND its worst. The problem is, no one makes games like this anymore for a reason.

    There's a
    This game is old school Nintendo, at its best AND its worst. The problem is, no one makes games like this anymore for a reason.

    There's a lot of good to the game, the mechanics are interesting, the feel is very nostalgic, the sound track is amazing.

    ...The gameplay is not. It's frustrating, it's repetitive. It isn't 'hard'. Anyone can beat Shovel Knight. Anyone can walk through barbed wire. The experiences are very similar. Endure the pain long enough and eventually you win. At the end, you're unsatisfied. And bleeding.

    It boggles my mind the game is so well reviewed. I can only assume it's pure, unadulterated nostalgia blinding people to, what if viewed on it's own, would be a very average, flawed game, and this is coming from someone who owned an NES when it was new. Literally the target audience. Get Splunkey or La Mulana if you want a platformer.
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