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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: 46 out of 49
  2. Negative: 2 out of 49
  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 29, 2014
    10
    Shovel Knight combines smooth platforming with classic graphics to give gamers who enjoyed classic NES games what they want. The game featuresShovel Knight combines smooth platforming with classic graphics to give gamers who enjoyed classic NES games what they want. The game features several equipable secondary items to use throughout, and a simple yet great storyline. Fantastic game, and if you enjoy platformers in general or played games on NES or SNES, this game is for you.

    Thank you Yacht Club Games, well done.
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  3. Oct 7, 2014
    10
    This game takes many of the classic NES games (Super Mario Bros 3, Castlevania, Megaman, Zelda 2) and combines all the best parts of them intoThis game takes many of the classic NES games (Super Mario Bros 3, Castlevania, Megaman, Zelda 2) and combines all the best parts of them into a pretty coherent story with excellent gameplay. It does have items special to only this game and special skills that set the game apart from other stated games. It also offers a few side quests for items that are not necessary to complete the game. Expand
  4. Sep 23, 2014
    9
    Great gameplay, solid story, epic soundtrack. Worth a solid 15-40 hours of memorable gameplay. Only two negative things to say about the game.Great gameplay, solid story, epic soundtrack. Worth a solid 15-40 hours of memorable gameplay. Only two negative things to say about the game. I thought the price was a little high for the length of the game (I usually buy games on sale but bought this game full price on release). Also if you have a long history with platformers this game may not pose enough of a challenge on it's own, setting yourself extra goals or trying for the tricky achievements can fix that though. Expand
  5. Jul 2, 2014
    9
    Shovel Knight is like cookies baked by your grandma. Sure, you could go out to the store and buy those cookies that come in packs, but nothingShovel Knight is like cookies baked by your grandma. Sure, you could go out to the store and buy those cookies that come in packs, but nothing beats the taste of one's made with ingredients right off the shelf. It may not be the perfect game, but looking past the flaws, you are in for a treat. No, more like a feast. Expand
  6. Dec 19, 2014
    9
    This is an absolute gem of a game. Shovel Knight is a platformer built on the bones of the very best the NES library has to offer, polishedThis is an absolute gem of a game. Shovel Knight is a platformer built on the bones of the very best the NES library has to offer, polished with great modern game design. The graphics are marvellous, the controls are tight and the level design fantastically designed. The true highlight of the game, though, has to be the soundtrack, which is one of the best video game soundtracks we've seen in years. Don't miss this one. 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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