Summary: 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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There is gold in these old genres, and Shovel Knight is a successful dig.
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.
Shovel Knight -- in all of its old-school glory -- is arguably the best game released so far in 2014.
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.
A varied and charming platformer, only blighted when it lets players get a little overpowered.
A captivating, breezy journey that saves the most punishing levels for last. A New Game Plus boosts the replayability factor
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.
Shovel Knight is the kind of game people write love letters about
Many games try to use nostalgia to lure you in, but few of them are as well-made as Shovel Knight.
Because it's the perfect five-hour play session.