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Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games
Jun 24, 2014 - PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PC, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 5

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Critics Recommend

7 / 10
PC Gamer
80 / 100
9 / 10
4.5 / 5
Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Game Informer
8.8 / 10
7 / 10
9 / 10

Shovel Knight Review Summary

MightyCritic Consensus

Shovel Knight is an excellent throwback to the classic NES era platformers. With its charming 16-bit aesthetic, its solid gameplay, genuine love for the genre and its innovation of it, Shovel Knight is a must buy for lovers of retro games and newcomers.

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Critic Reviews for Shovel Knight

There is gold in these old genres, and Shovel Knight is a successful dig.

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Shovel Knight lovingly recreates the simple pleasures of 8-bit platformers and improves on them with modern ideas that make every level different and worth playing.

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Shovel Knight -- in all of its old-school glory -- is arguably the best game released so far in 2014.

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A varied and charming platformer, only blighted when it lets players get a little overpowered.

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One of the best retro homages of recent years, that cleverly combines the best elements of older 2D games with plenty of new ideas of its own.

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A captivating, breezy journey that saves the most punishing levels for last. A New Game Plus boosts the replayability factor

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Shovel Knight recalls, but doesn't rely on, many greats from gaming's past, but lacks the inventive spark that could have elevated it to classic territory.

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Shovel Knight is the kind of game people write love letters about

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Shovel Knight's Showdown and King of Cards DLC Now Have a Release Date

Shovel Knight's Showdown and King of Cards DLC Now Have a Release Date

Yacht Club Games has announced a release date for the final Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove DLC

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