Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight Reviews Summary

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.

Rating Summary

Based on 68 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

88

Top Critic Average

89%

Critics Recommend

Based on 68 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2014

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

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80 / 100
Jul 2, 2014

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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7 / 10
Jun 25, 2014

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

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Jun 26, 2014

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

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8 / 10
Apr 29, 2015

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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8.8 / 10.0
Jun 26, 2014

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

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9 / 10.0
Jun 25, 2014

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

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7 / 10
Jun 25, 2014

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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Yes
Jun 26, 2014

Because it's the perfect five-hour play session.

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Jun 25, 2014

Many games try to use nostalgia to lure you in, but few of them are as well-made as Shovel Knight.

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