Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon Reviews

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is ranked in the 95th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
85 / 100
Jan 2, 2022

Methodical puzzle games and frenzied roguelikes sound like apples and oranges, but Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon makes a delicious smoothie out of the two genres suitable for all tastes.

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8 / 10 stars
Dec 27, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon brings one of the best puzzle games of the year while staying true to its roots.

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GameSpew
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7 / 10.0
Dec 20, 2021

Despite its frustrations, you’re likely to get sucked into Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon‘s gameplay loop. With an adventure mode, a daily challenge and a versus mode, there’s plenty to go at, too. Even if you do die frequently, you’ll probably want to jump straight back in, each time vying to get just that bit further. And the assistive options are a nice touch, even if they do disable trophies and achievements.

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9 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2021

Much like the inspiration, it's challenging, but it's also forgiving enough to not dissuade frustrated players. I didn't think I'd see the day when someone did Wario's Woods as a conceptual idea justice, but dang, they did it. Pocket Dungeon is incredible.

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8.7 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a superb puzzle game that's much more enjoyable than it has any right being. Plus, no matter which kind of puzzle gameplay you prefer, the wide variety of options will allow you to enjoy it at whichever pace you prefer.

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Essential
Dec 12, 2021

Pocket Dungeon emerges as an endlessly addictive brainteaser that puzzle and roguelike fans can’t afford to miss.

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9 / 10.0
Feb 8, 2022

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon won’t be for everyone. This is not the Shovel Knight you know and love, but to be fair, neither is Shovel Knight at this point. If you like Puzzle games, then you can’t go wrong with Pocket Dungeon. Yacht Club Games have belted out another home run, and I look forward to their next project.

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8.9 / 10.0
Dec 28, 2021

A refreshing take on the puzzle genre, Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon combines different mechanics seamlessly to produce an invigorating experience that is both challenging and accessible for players of all kinds.

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85%
Jan 9, 2022

Combining an action roguelite and tile matching puzzle game into one game is pretty wild, but Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon somehow makes it work really well and the result is a very fresh and quite addicting title.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 12, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon ticks all sorts of boxes. It is absolutely a puzzle game. You need to deal with falling “blocks” in a timely fashion. It also feels like an action-RPG. You need to consider your health, your equipment, and the amount of damage you’ll take. Roguelike elements come up too, due to being kicked back to camp when you die and opportunities to unlock relics for future runs.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

Though pieces of its are familiar and taken from long standing genres, in uniting them with the series’ panache and pixels we get something unique to pick up and play again and again. Though I might be content to set it aside for now, that fine tuned gameplay and infectious soundtrack have made sure I won’t be gone for long.

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9 / 10.0
Jan 6, 2022

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon isn’t some haphazardly thrown-together spin-off. It’s the real deal, blending both puzzle and roguelite genres perfectly.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 15, 2021

A puzzle-adventure game that lives up to the name Shovel Knight, as well as being a very interesting and well-executed challenge.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 18, 2021

It’s brilliant how crazy you can make this Pocket Dungeon, and it gives me a proud joy to say that this puzzler was easily the biggest sleeper hit of the year: despite being tough to explain, it just has a flow that is silky smooth!

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 14, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon turns the charismatic universe of the knight with the shovel in an excellent and addicting action puzzle. The main concept of running into enemies to attack them is simple, but, in order to survive, it's essential to make combos to attack various opponents simultaneously, which isn't always [an] easy [task] to execute. Some of the fun comes from being able to make huge combinations able to clear a big chunk of the screen. Different types of monsters, heroes with unique skills and many items add diversity to the adventure, and so do the game modes. As a negative point, sometimes the matches are way too similar and the action gets confusing in the midst of the visual chaos of certain situations, however those details can be overlooked. In the end, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is captivating with its creativity and is a recommendation for people who appreciate action puzzles.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a really successful spin off that offers us an original approach to the classic game genre.

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8.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

With Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon, Yacht Club Games has made its versatility evident in creating gameplay radically different from Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, without losing a hint of the quality that made the developer's original game so acclaimed. The end result is a phenomenal and refined puzzle game that is complex without being alienating and has a variety of options to enhance the fun of both novice and experienced players alike. Just missing extra modes that put rules or special events in normal gameplay, thus increasing the (already immense) replayability value.

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4 / 5.0
Dec 13, 2021

Ultimately, Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is a great success. It managed to meld a classic indie series with a dynamic new style, and for the most part, it works pretty well. Yes, it may be a bit too challenging for its own good, but not so much I ever put it down for long. If you’re a fan of the series or just enjoy new puzzle games, I’d definitely check it out. Besides the main adventure, there’s a ton of other modes to explore, as well as secrets to uncover. Here’s hoping the next offshoot title from Yacht Club Games continues this positive trend.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon is the new spin-off adventure by Yacht Club Games involving puzzling your way through a rogue-lite world. It looks and sounds great while offering a variety of fast and challenging gameplay.

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Loved
Dec 12, 2021

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon will absolutely scratch that puzzle itch if you’re looking for something original and different. A simple pick up and play concept that is easy to get into but offers plenty of challenges to keep you coming back again and again. With extensive options and accessibility. This title offers an experience you can tailor to your liking which I can see many gamers appreciating. This may be the PC version I’m reviewing but I will likely grab this game on Nintendo Switch as it truly feels like a pretty brilliant pocket puzzler. So, grab a shovel and get puzzling.

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