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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: 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: 63 out of 75
  2. Negative: 4 out of 75
  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. Sep 10, 2014
    10
    When I heard about this game, I thought it would be an alt-platformer, using your shovel on like grass and stuff; Little did I know this isWhen I heard about this game, I thought it would be an alt-platformer, using your shovel on like grass and stuff; Little did I know this is one of the most fine-tuned overall games I've played in a while. There isn't a real bad thing about this game. It's like Super Meat Boy in the sense that if you die, it's entirely on you; This is one smooth playing game. It's plot is very intriguing, even though it's not much. Once your motivation is given to you for going through these lands and slaying enemies with your trusty shovel, you don't wanna put it down. It can be very challenging, you will die. A lot. But there's nothing stopping you from trying it right after it's done. The music is insane, one of the best retro-esque chiptune soundtracks I've heard. The level design is top-notch, you can tell this wasn't a level editor type of game, with the same type of platforms in a certain way for a whole area of the map; it's a game that is identifiable as a really well thought-out game. When you finish a level, you feel a real sense of accomplishment of what you've done. This game deserves all the unreal praise it's getting, this game is essentially flawless. Pick it up. I promise, you will not be let down. Expand
  3. Nov 24, 2015
    10
    This is one of the few platform games sold on Steam that are not spiritual successors of other series to get along in campaigns to raise fundsThis is one of the few platform games sold on Steam that are not spiritual successors of other series to get along in campaigns to raise funds and it was no wonder, the game is quite challenging, is with graphics that much resemble the 8-bit games, and has an interesting plot . I recommend this game for the nostalgic duty that has money to spend on Steam. Your money paid will not be in vain Expand
  4. Nov 1, 2014
    9
    It's great! Cheap and easy to play. More involved that I originally thought. Great stuff if you miss the 16 bit era. A little short, but it'sIt's great! Cheap and easy to play. More involved that I originally thought. Great stuff if you miss the 16 bit era. A little short, but it's worth your time and cash. Enjoy! Expand
  5. Jun 27, 2014
    9
    Now, I did not grow up with consoles, so I have no nostalgia except from what I played from the ambassador program and virtual console. ButNow, I did not grow up with consoles, so I have no nostalgia except from what I played from the ambassador program and virtual console. But this is a masterpiece, with the only issue being some mechanics are infuriating. The combat is tight, the game has charm, a plethora of content, and loot a plenty. The game can be brutally hard (paying homage to the titles its based on), but make beating a particularly hard boss that much more satisfying. The game features stages cleverly based on other titles, while bringing its own charm. Who can forget Treasure Knight and his Metroid themed level? Or the towns based on Zelda 2? It brings everything that was amazing (from my limited experience) of the older generation, but updated everything that was awful and made me shake my head. This is one you definitely don't want to miss, if you are up for a little challenge. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2016
    8
    Rarely have I so enjoyed a game that so persistently made me rage, or made me care for an 8-bit sprite as much as I cared for Shield Knight,Rarely have I so enjoyed a game that so persistently made me rage, or made me care for an 8-bit sprite as much as I cared for Shield Knight, but Shovel Knight is just that game. An affectionate homage to the golden age of console gaming, Shovel Knight comes to us from former members of Wayforward Technologies, creators of the Shantae series. The game's incredibly varied stages play out like a greatest hits album of classic platformers. But unlike, say, Ninja Gaiden or Castlevania, Shovel Knight never feels cheap or punishing. The game is filled with a lovable cast of characters, excellent music (courtesy of the ineffable Virt Kaufman, the musical genius behind Contra 4, Scurge: Hive, Shantae, and several other games), useful powerups and hair-pulling jumping puzzles. The controls are extremely tight, and any mistakes you make are your own damn fault. The game rather mercifully makes use of checkpoints, only depriving you of money when you die, money you have a chance to retrieve when you make it back to where you died. And even if you don't, you can always farm for more, and you will need quite a bit to buy all the upgrades. I had to take a few breaks over the course of playing Shovel Knight to cool off, but I kept coming back until I was done. I do not regret for a second backing this lovely game on kickstarter. If you enjoy platformers and classic NES era gaming in general, then grab yourself a copy of Shovel Knight and prepare to strike the earth! Expand
  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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