Metascore
84

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Dec 12, 2021
    95
    Pocket Dungeon grabbed me immediately and hasn’t let go. Everything in this puzzle game works; the aesthetic, controls, modes, bosses, replayability. A puzzle game that has this level of polish will stand the test of time with the likes of Tetris.
  2. Dec 12, 2021
    95
    With hugely varied gameplay and compelling Roguelike elements, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a contender for greatest ever puzzle game.
  3. Dec 15, 2021
    90
    Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon may seem like a minor yet unexpected twist for the franchise, but it’s a twist that pays off big time. The core gameplay is easy to get into, but you quickly discover that there’s a deeper level of strategy required, and the next thing you know, you’re on a streak of multiple runs, trying to get past that one particular level. Throw in multiple characters with different playstyles that allow for variety, amazing graphics and a nice chuck of stuff to unlock, and you have a true gem, be it roguelikes or puzzle games (or both) that you prefer. Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon might be a pocket-sized dungeon, but there’s a huge amount of fun in it.
  4. Dec 13, 2021
    90
    Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is an easy game to misjudge. It would be simple to dismiss it as a casual puzzle game. It is far from that. This game is as deceptively difficult as it is engaging. The difficulty level may even turn off those just looking for a relaxing romp. However, for those looking for more teeth to their puzzle games, Pocket Dungeon is going to offer that in spades... or shovels.
  5. Dec 12, 2021
    90
    Despite tackling a completely different genre, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon shows this franchise is still at its peak. A must-play for fans of the original and puzzle games alike, some inventive mechanics help make it truly special to experience. Even if there are a couple of small issues.
  6. Dec 12, 2021
    90
    It's not often that a falling block puzzler can capture the imagination, but Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon finds a buried nugget of novelty in this well-worn ground. Even though it's possible to blast through the adventure, most players will find that savoring the gameplay and enjoying their time with the noble knights is the right call. Pocket Dungeon feels of a kind with Nintendo's various Mario spinoffs and should be an essential purchase for not just fans of the series but puzzle gaming aficionados everywhere.
  7. Jan 2, 2022
    85
    Methodical puzzle games and frenzied roguelikes sound like apples and oranges, but Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon makes a delicious smoothie out of the two genres suitable for all tastes.
  8. Dec 14, 2021
    85
    It's a puzzle game, it's an action game, it's a rogue-lite, and it does all three of those very well. It might not be bursting with content, but this is an extremely unique, captivating experience that's sure to have players eager for just one more go.
  9. Dec 12, 2021
    85
    Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon is a truly delightful puzzle/rogue-lite game that is dripping with personality and fun to be had. The characters, sprite-work, music, sound effects, and overall design is stellar with a fantastic price on its head, this is a game for casual players, and serious players looking for something to master, a title worth pocketing.
  10. Dec 16, 2021
    80
    Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon has enough content to keep players interested, whether they are puzzle aficionados or roguelike veterans. Unfortunately, the game suffers from over-complication of simple concepts but manages to stick the landing with addicting gameplay and a refreshingly simple story.
  11. Dec 13, 2021
    80
    Pocket Dungeon is a little and wonderful surprise, a puzzle game that finds its own way mixing itself with elements from dungeon games. It's easy to play, harder to master. For some, the worst part will be the roguelike nature of its challenge, something that won't conquer everyone.
  12. Dec 13, 2021
    80
    Ultimately, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a great success. It managed to meld a classic indie series with a dynamic new style, and for the most part, it works pretty well. Yes, it may be a bit too challenging for its own good, but not so much I ever put it down for long. If you’re a fan of the series or just enjoy new puzzle games, I’d definitely check it out. Besides the main adventure, there’s a ton of other modes to explore, as well as secrets to uncover. Here’s hoping the next offshoot title from Yacht Club Games continues this positive trend.
  13. Dec 12, 2021
    80
    Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a game that manages to feel both carefree and thoughtful. It is easy to run through each level. You know time is at a premium. You have an idea of what your characters can do. But at the same time, success comes from planning ahead. Being careful and biding your time can be critical. Given that you can be in and out of an area in minutes, it keeps things from getting stale. But that swiftness makes repeated runs even more inviting as you search for answers and secrets.
  14. Dec 12, 2021
    80
    The folks at Yacht Club Games continue their streak of hits when it comes to Shovel Knight. As a puzzle game Pocket Dungeon treads familiar ground, but does so in a way that feels completely unique, whether as a fan of Shovel Knight, roguelites, or block-falling games. Some of the roguelite elements feel underdeveloped, and an online versus mode really would have pushed it over the top, but even with those minor shortcomings, this is yet another excellent entry in the world of Shovel Knight.
  15. Dec 12, 2021
    80
    An intense, different and arcadey adventure for Shovel Knight, that will test you skills and will bring some fresh air to the puzzle genre.
  16. Dec 12, 2021
    80
    Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon might turn some people off with its roguelite framework and randomization, but there's a deep puzzle game at work here.
  17. Dec 17, 2021
    77
    Pocket Dungeon is a fun game with great ideas, although sometimes we feel the blending of genres has room for improvement.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. Dec 14, 2021
    9
    An extremely well made puzzle game with a pretty intense learning curve. New abilities and upgrades are not enough to brute force your wayAn extremely well made puzzle game with a pretty intense learning curve. New abilities and upgrades are not enough to brute force your way through this game; you will have to learn the strategies and combos to make it through even the first boss. The controls and art style go a long way to making a very busy game readable and easy to play, so you can focus on the challenge of the game itself.

    The Shovel Knight world fits very nicely into this style of game, and the strength of the characters built up in the original game go a long way in making a charming atmosphere here.
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  2. Dec 20, 2021
    10
    The game is gorgeous, the decanter is at the level of fantasy. The soundtrack is striking in its variety, and the combined level design willThe game is gorgeous, the decanter is at the level of fantasy. The soundtrack is striking in its variety, and the combined level design will give you a full immersion in the game. Full Review »
  3. Dec 20, 2021
    6
    it’s.. really nothing to write home about, but still fun if you like puzzle games with strong learning curves