Metacritic (PC): 85/100
Metacritic (Xbox): 86/100
Metacritic (PS): 90/100
Release: Jun 2014
Reviewed on: PC

Shovel Knight

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Good: Unique premise – Light RPG features –
Bad: Some relics lack usefulness
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In this side scrolling 2D platform game you’ll use both your shovel and well timed jumps to conquer the varied game landscapes. Shovel Knight was born out of a Kickstarter campaign and after it’s initial success as Windows title was ported to a number of platforms.


Playing as Shovel Knight himself after a long exile players seek out the Tower of Fate to find their beloved Shield Knight. Fighting against the Enchantresses minions and The Order of No Quarter across a number of environments.

Taking place in 2D Shovel Knight plays like a classic side scrolling platform title. Your main weapon for this adventure is your trusty shovel which can dispatch enemies, be used as a pogo stick or dig up hidden treasure.

Collecting said treasure allows the player to purchase secondary items from a travelling salesman hidden across the levels. These items are limited in use by your supply of magic but offer an alternative option to clear the environment or a deadly opponent. Treasure is also vital for other character upgrades to health and magic giving this 2D platform title some light RPG elements.


All of this will need to be used to maximum effect if players will defeat the bosses located at the end of each level. Those that really want to live life on the edge can opt to destroy vital checkpoints for extra treasure. If that isn’t enough, further challenge is available in the New Game Plus mode at the completion of your first playthrough.

Ideal for fans of traditional platform elements but wanting something with a little bit of RPG thrown in Shovel Knight is an excitingly different adventure.


  • Play as the Shovel Knight.
  • Jump across platforms and battle enemies.
  • Unique boss designs to conquer.
  • Extra challenge through checkpoint risk/reward structure and New Game Plus.
  • Available across a large number of platforms.

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Shovel Knight, 8.2 out of 10 based on 5 ratings
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