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Generally favorable reviews- based on 401 Ratings

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  • Summary: Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It's a hot mashup of new and old! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with twoShovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It's a hot mashup of new and old! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and quest for his lost beloved. He wields a Shovel Blade: 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!

    But, 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, and will pursue their mission at any cost. If you love games with perfect platforming, beautiful art, infectious music, crazy bosses, humor and levity, and real heart... Shovel Knight is for you!
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. May 5, 2015
    100
    I would say it’s a must play for anyone old enough to remember blowing on a cartridge, but that would be selling it short. Nostalgia certainly enhances the experience, but this is a great game for anyone.
  2. Apr 23, 2015
    100
    Shovel Knight is delightful, amusing, and oftentimes challenging. It’s surprisingly deep, with enough secrets and charm to warrant at least one more run through on New Game+. The game controls like a dream, is simple enough to pick up immediately, and knows just when to up the ante to make you a more skillful player over the course of its six to eight hour campaign.
  3. Jun 5, 2015
    95
    Shovel Knight is a modern classic that takes the 2-D platforming genre and modernizes it.
  4. 90
    Between the tight platforming, nostalgia-inducing graphics, and pitch-perfect sound design, old-school gamers need look no further for their fix.
  5. 90
    Capturing the spirit of the past, Shovel Knight once again shines on PlayStation platforms with one of the best platformers in recent years, made even better with the inclusion of cross-buy.
  6. Apr 27, 2015
    90
    Shovel Knight is a declaration of love to some of the best NES games. Its mix of mechanics makes a lovely game with its own personality. Even better with the cross-play and cross-save features with an excellent QPR.
  7. Apr 30, 2015
    80
    The game’s throwback sound and graphics look fantastic on the PS4 and the Xbox One, but obviously a game built around the 8-bit aesthetic doesn’t benefit from a current-gen remake the way something like The Last of Us or Grand Theft Auto 5 is able to.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. Apr 27, 2015
    10
    Fantastic homage to old school video games. The great gameplay makes you forget about the graphics, that some may complain about, and immerseFantastic homage to old school video games. The great gameplay makes you forget about the graphics, that some may complain about, and immerse you heavily into the game. Play this game **** cause it's only like $10. Expand
  2. Jan 29, 2017
    10
    This is my favourite 2D platformer of all time, I loved every second of this game

    The story and characters are really simple but there is a
    This is my favourite 2D platformer of all time, I loved every second of this game

    The story and characters are really simple but there is a retro charm to it, like the good old days, just defeat the villain who wants to take over the world (with a few twists).
    What makes this game incredible is the level design, each level is dynamic and enjoyable, there isn't a single level or moment that feels dull in the game.

    In conclusion, It's one of my favourite games of all time and I highly recommend it.
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  3. Aug 26, 2015
    10
    This game is a love letter to old titles like Mega Man. After all the purest form of flattery is imitation, and yet Shovel knight manages toThis game is a love letter to old titles like Mega Man. After all the purest form of flattery is imitation, and yet Shovel knight manages to be nostalgic and quite new and unique at the same time. The controls are simple and intuitive. The stages are varied and imaginative, ranging from underwater levels to flying airships, with each one introducing some new mechanic to challenge you. The boss fights are simply fun. Rest assured that the order of no quarter is one of the most impressive rogue gallery you will ever come across. With a few RPG themed mechanics and some old staples of the genre Shovel Knight can surely be attractive to a large crowd.With a lot of replay value this game is over all a must have, for both players who want to take a trip down memory lane, or newcomers. As an an indie title with a lot of love in the making as well as a lot of new content coming in the future I recommend Shovel Knight to any player who is looking for a good time. Expand
  4. Feb 28, 2017
    9
    If you ever played Super Mario 3 for NES, you will love this game. Only thing that's missing (on current PS4 version) is some sort of co-op orIf you ever played Super Mario 3 for NES, you will love this game. Only thing that's missing (on current PS4 version) is some sort of co-op or PvP aspect to this game. Although that is scheduled for the future. Also the music will make you go insane. Expand
  5. Apr 24, 2018
    9
    An exceptional game that does retro-graphics right, everything is simple but beautiful, with interesting use of color and animation. The musicAn exceptional game that does retro-graphics right, everything is simple but beautiful, with interesting use of color and animation. The music is retro too and quite charming and there's plenty of it. I'm sure they were more hardware limited than I imagine, but if Cave Story is the best SNES game not on SNES, then Shovel Knight is the best NES game of 2015.

    This takes all the best gameplay features of platformers, metroidvanias, and even modern games (dark souls-like "money" loss and retrieval, etc) and makes a wonderful experience.

    And HELLO!? There's three freaking expansions to it. I am only maybe 2 3rds done with the first, but it has been very fun and very much different from the original gameplay, even if some levels are full on reprisals. There's also even more unlocks, attacks, double jumps, triple jumps, powers, gadgets... It can be difficult to make them work together at first, but once you do, Plague Knight is a bouncy, exploding, firey bat of hell.

    9/10, not perfect for the levels being largely unchanged, though there is new content. This score may change as I finish the expansions.
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  6. Sep 2, 2017
    8
    Shovel Knight is a great game, maybe one of the best i've played in its genre: It has a nice story and pretty solid gameplay, if you want aShovel Knight is a great game, maybe one of the best i've played in its genre: It has a nice story and pretty solid gameplay, if you want a game to have a fun time this is definitely worth a look. Expand
  7. AF1
    Sep 3, 2016
    0
    A game that pisses one of time after time with unfair and idiotic situations only to lose all your gems you have collected . What an electronic **** !

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