- 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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Shovel Knight - Gameplay Trailer
Positive: 9 out of 9
Mixed: 0 out of 9
Negative: 0 out of 9
Official Nintendo Magazine UKAug 8, 2014Old and new in almost the best ways. [Sept 2014, p.78]
Dec 4, 2014The 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.
Jun 28, 2014Having 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!… Expand
Jan 1, 2015This 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
Oct 7, 2014Gotta 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
Jun 29, 2014Shovel 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.… Expand
Aug 1, 2015Gameplay:
Shovel Knight is very reminiscent of older titles such as Mega Man, Super Mario, and even the Zelda games on the game boy in someGameplay:
Shovel Knight is very reminiscent of older titles such as Mega Man, Super Mario, and even the Zelda games on the game boy in some instances. It's a side-scrolling adventure game that requires a lot of precision and timing. It's a challenging game, especially on New Game Plus mode. That's the best thing about this game: the difficulty. It doesn't hold your hand or give you hints and respects you as a gamer. It's up to your patience, perseverance, skill level, and timing to complete this game.
Shovel Knight's story is very shallow and cliché, but it's not too big of a deal since it's not a focal point of the game. However, I was disappointed with the fact that the characters didn't feel lively at all and felt one-dimensional.
Just as I stated earlier in the review, it's very reminiscent of the 8-bit era. This looks and feels as if it came from straight from the 8-bit era and should be applauded for capturing the essence of the time period. I enjoyed the character and boss designs. They were elaborate and creative. The color scheme used on the levels were vibrant and went well with the style of the game.
I definitely recommend this game! This game is a unique experience in today's era of gaming; bringing back the NES-style gameplay, art direction, and difficulty. Not to mention the fact the soundtrack is one of the best I've heard in the past few years. This game deserves the praise and should be played by old and new gamers alike.… Expand
Jan 17, 2015I'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 gameI'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.
1. It has a nice story, but it's predictable and short.
Would not recommend.… Expand
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