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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: 66 out of 79
  2. Negative: 4 out of 79
  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 15, 2014
    10
    The good ol' Megaman, Castlevania and Duck Tales merged into one game. Everyone who grew up playing NES should absolutely try it. And theThe good ol' Megaman, Castlevania and Duck Tales merged into one game. Everyone who grew up playing NES should absolutely try it. And the soundtracks is just amazing. Expand
  3. Apr 9, 2016
    10
    An absolute classic and masterpiece! Shovel Knight combines all the things we loved from the old classic 8-bit games like Mario, Metroid,An absolute classic and masterpiece! Shovel Knight combines all the things we loved from the old classic 8-bit games like Mario, Metroid, Castlevania, Mega Man, etc. with some Dark Souls leveled difficulty even added in. This game has great action and adventure, lovable characters, great soundtrack, gorgeous 8-bit graphic, and an awesome story. An absolute must play and one of the best games of the year. 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 26, 2014
    9
    Played a couple of hours and I can say it's a great old-style game! I don't know how long will it last, but had a lot of fun so far. Game hasPlayed a couple of hours and I can say it's a great old-style game! I don't know how long will it last, but had a lot of fun so far. Game has a lot of secrets and hidden paths, and so you''ll probably reply the levels a few times.
    Great 8/16 bit graphic and music
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  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. 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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