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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: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Dec 9, 2014
    100
    One of those games that just blows your mind at how good it actually is.
  2. 100
    But more than anything else, Shovel Knight oozes personality and charm more than any game I’ve played in recent memory.
  3. Jun 26, 2014
    93
    Old school gamers will love Shovel Knight’s retro sensibilities, but they’ll also appreciate its modern touches.
  4. Jun 26, 2014
    90
    Shovel Knight isn't just inspired by 8-bit classics, it is inspired in and of itself.
  5. Nov 10, 2014
    85
    Shovel Knight is a well-made action platformer. Old school gamers will love it.
  6. Nov 20, 2014
    80
    Shovel Knight is a heartfelt homage to the NES days, with tight gameplay, simple but effective 8bit-ish graphics and a killer soundtrack. It could use a couple of levels more and additional game modes.
  7. Jun 26, 2014
    70
    Shovel Knight is a memorable re-imagining of what I grew up with, but doesn't have the longevity or inventiveness to be great in its own right.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 53 out of 59
  2. Negative: 1 out of 59
  1. Jun 26, 2014
    10
    YES YES YES just YES this is indie gamming prime. thanks to all the backers who made this possible, even tough it got delayed it now deliversYES YES YES just YES this is indie gamming prime. thanks to all the backers who made this possible, even tough it got delayed it now delivers a full, rich experience with 8+ hours on the first playtrough. Expand
  2. Feb 28, 2015
    10
    At first I was skeptic, it seemed like a really over hyped game. But then I decided I should have a gander at it, so I did. And god it'sAt first I was skeptic, it seemed like a really over hyped game. But then I decided I should have a gander at it, so I did. And god it's amazing, it's easily on my top 10 list! The graphics aren't a huge problem it reminds me of the NES (which I think it wants to) The graphics are awkward at first but You can get the hang of it really quickly.And god the music is beautiful.And I'm really digging the shovel. I rate it 10/10. Expand
  3. Dec 7, 2014
    10
    If you are a fan of retro games like Mega Man or Duck Hunt and have yet to play Shovel Knight, I strongly suggest you play it now. This gameIf you are a fan of retro games like Mega Man or Duck Hunt and have yet to play Shovel Knight, I strongly suggest you play it now. This game is easily my favorite game I played this year, and I consider it the perfect platformer. The controls are simple, and are fine-tuned to perfection. The soundtrack is amazing and songs fit the levels perfectly. The 8-bit graphics are stunning and colorful while the level design is very enjoyable.
    Shovel Knight is an amazing throwback to games of the past. All in all, I really can't say a bad thing about Shovel Knight. It's a great game in every way.
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  4. Sep 17, 2014
    10
    Absolutely loved it! The controls are tight, the music awesome and the overall game amazing. It's like a combination between Megaman,Absolutely loved it! The controls are tight, the music awesome and the overall game amazing. It's like a combination between Megaman, Ducktales, Castlevania, and Mario 3. And really, there's nothing that I don't like about it! 10/10 Expand
  5. Jul 31, 2016
    9
    Muy buen juego, de lo mejor que ha salido en años al estilo Mega Man, lo recomiendo completamente si te gusta ese estilo de juego.Muy buen juego, de lo mejor que ha salido en años al estilo Mega Man, lo recomiendo completamente si te gusta ese estilo de juego. . Expand
  6. Dec 28, 2015
    9
    A solid must-play game for any fan of retro and/or indie games. I'm glad that they had a physical copy of the game released or else I would'veA solid must-play game for any fan of retro and/or indie games. I'm glad that they had a physical copy of the game released or else I would've missed out on it, being that I prefer to have an actual copy of the games I play.

    Graphics: 10/10

    Has colorful and visually appealing 8-bit graphics that take you back to a time when "Graphics didn't matter."

    Music/Sound: 9/10

    The 8-bit sound effects and music are very nostalgic and sounds exactly as they did 30 years ago. If I saw a soundtrack in the store, I probably would've passed on it though. Luckily, they offer the digital soundtrack right with the game!

    My Score-
    Gameplay: 9/10

    Goes right back to the 3 button method of D-pad, A, and B. The only problem I have is that the B button is used to confirm and A is to go back, which is reversed from most older NES games, and UP is used to talk to NPC's. Most of these controls can be changed though.

    Story: 8/10

    If you're going to model a game based on NES games, a story to go with the game isn't necessary. There wasn't very much story behind it, but they did put a little more behind one than most older games did.

    Fun: 10/10

    Feels so much like an NES game, that I often forgot that I was playing a Wii U. It's also a very challenging game that will put your skills to the test, but unlike the old games, there are unlimited lives. Not as hard as NES games, but a close modern comparison to them.

    Total Score: 46/50
    Rounded to: 9/10
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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 now please note I have played the 3ds and PC versions of the game (all PC but only tried 3ds) the reason I'm putting this on the wii u is because this game is extremely overhyped and needs to be taken back by quite a bit Expand

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