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  • Summary: When Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight's peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunnelling after them. Meet new friends and foes, visit strange lands, and outfit yourself in your quest to keep the entire land fromWhen Drill Knight and his dastardly digging crew blast apart Shovel Knight's peaceful campsite and steal his loot, he grabs his trusty Shovel Blade and starts tunnelling after them. Meet new friends and foes, visit strange lands, and outfit yourself in your quest to keep the entire land from collapsing underfoot! Jump, slash, and dig your way down an ever-changing chasm of mystery in Shovel Knight Dig, an all-new Shovel Knight adventure! Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Sep 27, 2022
    100
    I’ve really enjoyed my time with Shovel Knight Dig, and it’s a fantastic follow-up to the first Shovel Knight adventure. Everything comes together so well here, and it feels so great to play, that you’ll have a tough time putting this one down. Ideally we’ll see the game support more platforms down the road, but for now if you’ve got access to a PC, Switch, or iOS platform, then I’d highly suggest checking it out.
  2. 90
    This feels like a different flavor of Shovel Knight, but thankfully it never feels off-brand. Dig is not a sequel, but even calling it a spin-off doesn’t feel totally right. This is just the 2D side-scrolling adventures of Shovel Knight’s origins displayed through a different vertical lens with a dash of arcade roguelike design tossed in. Through it all, the bountiful creativity that Yacht Club has made their staple is everywhere throughout the experience.
  3. Sep 27, 2022
    90
    Shovel Knight Dig is an outstanding roguelite. It has everything we could expect from it: fun gameplay, very good visuals and soundtrack and a sense of humor that is very characteristic of the series. If you want to discover the origins of one of the icons of the indie videogame industry, this game is a must in your collection.
  4. Sep 28, 2022
    85
    Shovel Knight Dig is a worthy entry to a solid game series; fans of platforming should jump down the well with this one.
  5. Oct 4, 2022
    80
    This is not the usual Shovel Knight you'd expect. Yacht Club Games and Nitrome managed to throw the popular hero in an unusual situation that will entertain and challenge new players but also seasoned ones.
  6. Sep 28, 2022
    76
    Shovel Knight Dig may not be as fine-tuned as the original but it's still a ton of fun to dig deeper and deeper in its roguelike campaign. I definitely recommend it but try not to be disappointed if the fun is over within only a few hours like it was for me.
  7. Oct 3, 2022
    72
    Despite the insidious roguelike trappings, this is a Shovel Knight title to its core. Dig is a nasty slog with no shortcuts to slump against. Spend your money as you might, only your skills can get you further. Like the original games, you can only throw yourself into the meat grinder until your muscle memory spits you out the other side. Although it looks and sounds great, I found myself tangled in the roguelike mechanics. If you’re incompatible with that genre, you might have to pass on this one. But Shovel Knight Dig hides a pretty decent game under all those frustrating outer layers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
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  1. Oct 4, 2022
    9
    An enjoyable rouge-like from Nitrome and Yacht Club Games. It features beautiful pixel art, catchy chiptune music, snappy gameplay, and aAn enjoyable rouge-like from Nitrome and Yacht Club Games. It features beautiful pixel art, catchy chiptune music, snappy gameplay, and a decent amount of content. I wouldn't call Shovel Knight Dig the gold standard of the rouge-like genre, but it does offer a fun Shovel Knight spin on the format; a combination which works extremely well. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2022
    9
    Well made roguelike/platformer, best in 2022.
    Nitrome created beautiful pixelart when the Yacht Club Games made interesting gameplay with
    Well made roguelike/platformer, best in 2022.
    Nitrome created beautiful pixelart when the Yacht Club Games made interesting gameplay with different mechanics based on shovel jump, jump on enemies and on-time-digging. Every stage consist different enemies and difficulties such as bombs, spikes, bubbles, flames, etc. Random arenas in boss fights create individual gameplay situations, as a result bosses can't be boring or easy. Masterpiece OST included.
    My absolutely reccomendation!
    Thanks Nitrome and Yacht Club Games.
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  3. Sep 25, 2022
    9
    Everything is good in Shovel Knight Dig, from the amazing graphics and music to the core game loop, although you can't expect anything elseEverything is good in Shovel Knight Dig, from the amazing graphics and music to the core game loop, although you can't expect anything else from the Yacht Club Games. The only negative that I can find the game is a bit short and there is not so much content in it yet, but this is the "disease" of all roguelikes at the start of their lives. I hope YCG has place for a DLC kit for SKD in their future plans that will definitely cure the above "illness". 9 shovels out of 10. Expand