Shovel Knight

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Unique premise – Light RPG features –
Bad
  • Some relics lack usefulness
9.5

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.

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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.

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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.

Summary:

  • 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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Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on October 3, 2015. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.
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