Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Dec 9, 2019
    This is a historic moment for the series: half a decade later, I can recommend picking up anything and everything Shovel Knight related.
  2. Dec 12, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a successful union of its disparate halves, existing as both a platformer with consistently inventive level design and an engaging collectible card game. Joustus and the platforming offer a well-choreographed sequence of challenges that deliver constant variation. Half a decade later, this formula still holds up, and while it may have needed a booster shot of an entirely new sub-game, this injection is quite successful. It's a fitting send-off for a title that helped define a new wave of indies. By liberally borrowed the best aspects of games from the past while showcasing the strengths of modern design principles, Shovel Knight has earned its spot in the annals of the medium. Its latest installment lives up to that legacy.
  3. Dec 11, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a wonderful send-off to an already amazing game. Its platforming and level design are excellent, and the extra card game keeps us coming back for more. Though it's a little sad that this is the grand finale for a game we love so much, Yacht Club Games has done an excellent job with bringing the Shovel Knight saga to an end.
  4. Dec 9, 2019
    It’s incredible that Yacht Club Games has finally reached the finish line on their most popular title, but it was a worthy sendoff for the first saga of a franchise that revolutionized the indie video game space.
  5. 90
    Rather than rest on their well-deserved laurels, Yacht Club Games have crafted a celebration of everything Shovel Knight, and shown us all why they’re indie royalty. The fact that owners of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove get King of Cards for free is the icing on the cake.
  6. Dec 19, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a great action platform game with the best of Shovel Knight series and a new type of duels with collectibles cards. Joustus is a great addon, with a lot of fun.
  7. Dec 9, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards, like previous entries in the Shovel Knight series, is a blast. This is hands down the most ambitious and largest Shovel Knight game yet, with more levels, more dialogue, branching paths, and a completely new and cleverly used style of play centered around King Knight’s unique abilities.
  8. Dec 9, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards is a glorious, flowing, challenging addition to the series. There's more to do, and more to love - and love it you will.
  9. Dec 13, 2019
    The Shovel Knight legend has come to a close, and Shovel Knight: King Of Cards makes for an entertaining final chapter.
  10. Dec 11, 2019
    If this is meant to be a farewell to Shovel Knight's first adventure, it goes off with all the spectacle and confetti it deserves.
  11. 80
    Yacht Club Games has delivered once again in the latest expansion for Shovel Knight thanks to exciting gameplay and level design that proves Shovel Knight: King of Cards was well worth the wait.
  12. Dec 9, 2019
    King of Cards is the richest campaign of Shovel Knight. Its classic and fluid gameplay meets a strategic card game, Justus, in which you can challenge many characters of the previous adventures.
  13. Dec 9, 2019
    Like each campaign before it, King Knight’s quest is a uniquely thrilling 2D experience that needs no asterisk assigned to any praise. This isn’t a retro throwback or an NES hanger-on, but a masterful platforming action that stands up to any and all contemporaries.
  14. Dec 9, 2019
    Shovel Knight: King of Cards revisits the formula one last time with new maps and bosses, as well as a brand new card game. It's ambitious, but it's also the least essential of the major Shovel Knight episodes. If you own Treasure Trove, play Shovel of Hope and Specter of Torment first, then circle back to King of Cards if you still want more.
  15. Dec 9, 2019
    It’s my least favourite of the Shovel Knight entries, but with the bar raised so high, that doesn’t mean that King of Cards isn’t worth your time. Plus, if you already own Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove you get it included in that for free anyway, so you may as well give it a go. I feel like Shovel Knight: King of Cards is going to be like Marmite: some will love it and others will hate it. Though “hate” might be too strong a word. Rather they just won’t be as enamoured with it as other Shovel Knight releases.

Awards & Rankings

User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 3 out of 13
  1. Dec 11, 2019
    Tras todo los retrasos y todos los trailers este juego fue una maravilla y de los mejores del año en plataformas