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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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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: 67 out of 80
  2. Negative: 4 out of 80
  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. Jan 24, 2016
    10
    I have never owned an NES, I have never played an NES game yet I still love this game. It has solid controls and teaches through game-playI have never owned an NES, I have never played an NES game yet I still love this game. It has solid controls and teaches through game-play instead of text. You constantly obtain new abilities in the game, and encounter new enemies and objects. The level design is extremely clever, teaching you something in a low stress situation, and later adding pressure to test you on what you've learned.

    The graphics and music and charming, and I think they're great even though I have no nostalgia for them. The story is simple and skip able, I couldn't ask for much more. The game become's very challenging, and even though it teaches the mechanics of levels well before you encounter them in a deadly situation, you can still die in some cheap ways. The game is full of adorable characters, and it never felt like it was wasting my time. If I didn't want to talk to a character I usually didn't have to, and if I did I could skip their dialogue if I wanted.

    This is one of my favorite platformers mostly because of the amazing level design. There is so much polish on every detail of this game and it's noticeable. It's fun, and even though the gameplay can be unforgiving checkpoints are frequent and give you some breathing room. This entire game is an example of a great tutorial.
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  4. Oct 3, 2014
    9
    first of all. This game is fun! I played a lot of games this year and Shovel Knight is in my top 5 list. I grew up with NES games, but when Ifirst of all. This game is fun! I played a lot of games this year and Shovel Knight is in my top 5 list. I grew up with NES games, but when I play does games now a days it doesn't cut it anymore(most of the time). they are old, really slow graphics are not that great.. Anyway, I was a bit sceptical at first when people were recommending this game all over the internet. telling that this game was amazing. $ 15 is not that cheap but I had some money left in my account so I bought the game and started playing. From the first level until the last one all are really beautiful fun and innovative in there own way. It' felt like the first time I started playing zelda game. It looks retro but it doesn't feel this way. If your are looking for high end 3d hd res etc. don't buy it, but when you like a good platform game and can look through 8bit this is a game for you. Expand
  5. May 18, 2019
    9
    an amazing throwback to the golden age of gaming complete with great visual, fun plat forming ,challenging boss fights and new game plus andan amazing throwback to the golden age of gaming complete with great visual, fun plat forming ,challenging boss fights and new game plus and challenge mode to keep you coming back all & all worth you time Expand
  6. Jun 30, 2015
    8
    This game has the best level design i have ever seen. The music is so good it is worth to download the soundtrack and the 8 bit gamingThis game has the best level design i have ever seen. The music is so good it is worth to download the soundtrack and the 8 bit gaming features are on point. One of the best platformers that has challenge and charm. My only complaint is that its a bit on the short side. (For me it only took 3 hours). But at least every minute I enjoyed. 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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