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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: 69 out of 82
  2. Negative: 5 out of 82
  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. 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
    A great Throwback title, the games bosses do not follow a pattern which in turn allows for more fun and interesting boss fights, responsiveA great Throwback title, the games bosses do not follow a pattern which in turn allows for more fun and interesting boss fights, responsive controls are great, and fun gameplay all in one package what more could you ask for? it really fits in with the retro aspect in gaming, excellent. Expand
  5. Mar 23, 2020
    9
    Современная игра, сделанная по мотивам 8-битных игр. Хорошая, интересная, каждый замок отличается и визуально, и в плане игрового процесса.Современная игра, сделанная по мотивам 8-битных игр. Хорошая, интересная, каждый замок отличается и визуально, и в плане игрового процесса. Боссы неплохие, некоторые не сбалансированные и скорее убиваются за счет везения. Стоит правда на мой взгляд многовато, особенно по сравнению с Мессенджером. В целом - игра очень хороша, всем фанатом 8-битных платформеров соверую Expand
  6. Oct 4, 2015
    8
    Retro masterpiece! Great platformer inspired by amazing titles from the NES days. Being a fan of MegaMan, I can't help but recommend thisRetro masterpiece! Great platformer inspired by amazing titles from the NES days. Being a fan of MegaMan, I can't help but recommend this little jewel. Controls are smooth, the music is cool, the graphics are nice and the levels are cleverly designed to entertain the player without frustrating him/her too much.
    The duration of the story mode is pretty short (5-7 hours), be aware of that. Still totally worth the money in my opinion.
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  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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