Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. If you love games with perfect platforming, beautiful art, infectious music, crazy bosses, humor and levity, and real heart… Shovel Knight is for you!
User reviews:
Recent:
Very Positive (92 reviews) - 95% of the 92 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (6,194 reviews) - 96% of the 6,194 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 26, 2014

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Shovel Knight

Buy Shovel Knight + Soundtrack

Includes the base game and soundtrack DLC

 

Recent updates View all (16)

August 24

2.4 - Now Available In Russian and Brazilian Portuguese!


Hello again! Summer is almost over but our love for updating Shovel Knight lives on! We've also been hard at work on the remaining two campaigns. If you haven't seen the mobility preview for Specter Knight's Update then be sure to check it out here. Plenty of great gifs and exciting new gameplay await!

Now on to today's update!

  • New languages supported! Russian and Brazilian Portuguese are now selectable!
  • Text and formatting fixes across Shovel Knight and Plague Knight campaigns.
  • Additional controller support.
  • Fix: Secret title screen code not working when confirm/cancel is swapped.
  • Fix: Calibrate Screen Gamma fix when confirm/cancel switched
  • Fix: Improvements for text replacement cheats.
  • Fix: Challenge “Extendo Retractro” having inconsistent platform timing.
  • Fix: Can no longer pause while game is transitioning.
  • Fix: Specter Knight sometimes floating offscreen during banquet battle intro.
  • Fix: Enchantress dialogue line not being readable. Enchantress no longer interrupts her own dialogue during the to the battle entrance.
  • Fix: Tinker Knight Boss reveal will now wait until the player is on screen.
  • Fix: Moving platforms can no long push pickups in a way that they move infinitely in one direction
  • Fix: Saving text background now visible on same frame as text
  • Fix: Tinker Knight being able to be hit during intro.
  • Fix: Can no longer slide off catapult before it launches you
  • Fix: Sometimes being able to escape Specter Knight boss fight.
  • Fix: Plague Knight specific cheats will no longer activate unless Plague Knight is unlocked.
  • Fix: Hoppicles can no longer fall through platforms
  • Fix: Single checkpoint cheat not working
  • Fix: Lava fish now die in water if fished out. They also die if on land for too long.
  • Fix: Can no longer bind the same button to multiple actions. Added a visual effect when attempting to bind a button already used by another action.
  • Fix: Can no longer open inventory during challenge mode bosses intro
  • Fix: Enemy larger cheat fixes for Tinker Knight and Remnant of Fate
  • Fix: Autoscroll with invincibility cheats creating soft locks.
  • Fix: Teethalon can no longer be hurt while offscreen

  • Fix: [Shovel] Striking Plague Knight's vat once again has blocking knockback.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Can no longer hit campfire during dream. I guess this would
  • be considered sleep shovelling?
  • Fix: [Shovel] The Big Creep’s health sometimes still being active after defeat
  • Fix: [Shovel] The Big Creep spawning issues when activating lights and transitioning rooms simulataneously
  • Fix: [Shovel] Player now turns to face the The Big Creep during bosds intro. It’s not that kind of ghost!
  • Fix: [Shovel] Ghosts being hit during cutscene in Hall of Champions
  • Fix: [Shovel] Served but not yet eaten food from the Gastronomer will still waiting at the Village when you begin New Game+. Leftovers+?
  • Fix: [Shovel] Can now earn the Sparker feat on Black Knight, Mr. Hat, Reize, Baz, and Phantom Striker.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Well Met Feat now requires Mr. Hat to be defeated as well.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Striking Boss Plague Knight's vat as Shovel Knight once again has blocking knockback.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Flare Wander Feat no longer unlocks when hitting a block.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Super Sphere Feat sometimes unlocking from objects that were not hit by Chaos Orb.
  • Fix? [Shovel] Dolly will now discuss her interest in purchasing a beret at Mr. Hat’s Fancy Shop instead of a brooch! Immersion maintained.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Visual frame sync issue with the mobile gear

  • Fix: [Plague] Alchemy Shop sometimes displayed improperly formatted text.
  • Fix: [Plague] Entering the Alchemy shop quickly no longer makes input invalid
  • Fix: [Plague] Being able longer throw bombs in between boss fights in banquet battle
  • Fix: [Plague] Tinker Knight Boss works better with the Sentry Fuse
  • Fix: [Plague] Temporarily unable to move if using the vat during exactly during a screen transition.
  • Fix: [Plague] Hall of Champion Guards can no longer be hit during dialogue
  • Fix: [Plague] Can no longer talk to Troupple King while standing on a Vat
  • Fix: [Plague] Village screen transition loop improved
  • Fix: [Plague] Hall of champions erroneously taking 1000 gold when re-entering.
  • Fix: [Plague] Blowing up Hedge Pupil’s house and leaving the screen breaking the game
  • Fix: [Plague] Sometimes being able to jump or use relics when input is disabled
  • Fix: [Plague] Bosses not resetting the state of the Bomb Jump Blitz Feat. It should now possible to earn while retrying a boss or when fighting multiple bosses in a row.

Hotfix Version 2.4A
  • Fixed a crash that occurs when listening to one of Croaker's jokes in Brazilian Portuguese. I guess you can say he was really killing it! (Sorry.)
  • It is once again possible to bind the same button to multiple actions when editing Single binds. The menu will flash red to warn of a duplicate, but it will no longer stop those who want to setup their input this way!
  • Fixed Mobile Gear relic getting destroyed by Tinker Knight's thrown wrenches while in motion.
  • Adjusted a few typos in Russian and Brazilian Portuguese. Thank you to everyone who contacted us to help fix these.

42 comments Read more

Reviews

“Shovel Knight is one of the best platformers I've ever played, period.”
9.5 – Destructoid

“Whether you were weaned on an NES like I was, or don't yet know what you missed in a time before you were born, Shovel Knight is an absolute must-play.”
9.0 – IGN

“Shovel Knight is so much more than a love letter to the genre — it is, in fact, the kind of game people write love letters about.”
9.0 – Polygon

Introducing Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows!


  • Embark on a new adventure starring Plague Knight, the addled alchemical master of disaster! Featuring a brand new playable character, all new relics, new systems, new boss battles, level tweaks, and a brand new story to adventure through!
  • Is your science up to snuff? Take on Plague Knight specific challenges with new Feats!
  • Prove your mettle in Challenge Mode. Take on speed run challenges, boss rematches, and other rule-benders… and expect some tricky puzzles too!

When you complete the game as Shovel Knight, Plague of Shadows will be unlocked! To start as Plague Knight, create a new profile and choose Plague Knight from the Character Select menu.

There may be a way to unlock Plague of Shadows without finishing the Shovel Knight campaign…

About This Game

Shovel Knight is a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It's a hot mashup of new and old! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this land with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and quest for his lost beloved. He wields a Shovel Blade: a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!

But, between Shovel Knight and his beloved stands a cadre of villainous knights. These terrible foes, known as The Order of No Quarter, have been dispatched to prevent Shovel Knight from reaching the Enchantress, and will pursue their mission at any cost. If you love games with perfect platforming, beautiful art, infectious music, crazy bosses, humor and levity, and real heart… Shovel Knight is for you!

Features:

  • Shovel Knight’s beautifully authentic style bridges the gap between yesterday and today. Design, art, and audio hearken back to the days of 8-bit.
  • The systems of today also give Shovel Knight modern touches: detailed animation, multilayered parallax backgrounds, and evolved game design.
  • Perfect your platforming skills as you take down each of the knights of the Order of No Quarter.
  • Flip enemies! Leap over gaps! Duel with foes! Dig up treasure! Find Secrets! Upgrade! Shovel Knight is simple to learn and play, but challenge lies everywhere.
  • Awesome soundtrack by Jake "Virt" Kaufman with additional songs by Manami Matsumae!
  • Master an array of magical Relic subweapons.
  • Amass riches to upgrade your armor and weapons.
  • Detailed, living background and animation! Big, beautiful pixels!
  • Crazy bosses and lovable characters.
  • Balanced gameplay is a warm welcome to newcomers, and an old embrace for experts.
  • A light touch to narrative with humor, levity, and heart.
  • Overworld Map allows your quest unfold in a unique order!
  • Retell the adventure and uncover all of the world's secrets with New Game+!

Introducing Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows!

  • Embark on a new adventure starring Plague Knight, the addled alchemical master of disaster! Featuring a brand new playable character, all new relics, new systems, new boss battles, level tweaks, and a brand new story to adventure through!
  • Is your science up to snuff? Take on Plague Knight specific challenges with new Feats!
  • Prove your mettle in Challenge Mode. Take on speed run challenges, boss rematches, and other rule-benders… and expect some tricky puzzles too!

    When you complete the game as Shovel Knight, Plague of Shadows will be unlocked! To start as Plague Knight, create a new profile and choose Plague Knight from the Character Select menu.

    There may be a way to unlock Plague of Shadows without finishing the Shovel Knight campaign…

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2nd Generation Intel Core HD Graphics (2000/3000), 256MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: 2 GB RAM
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 and Newer
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.1 ghz or equivalent
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2nd Generation Intel Core HD Graphics (2000/3000), 256MB
    • Storage: 250 MB available space
Customer reviews
Customer Review system updated Sept. 2016! Learn more
Recent:
Very Positive (92 reviews)
Overall:
Overwhelmingly Positive (6,194 reviews)
Review Type


Purchase Type


Language


Display As:
5,198 reviews match the filters above ( Overwhelmingly Positive)
Recently Posted
chancy
19.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
This is probably my fav game. Cuz, like always. Pixels, awesome soundtrack. This game reminds me about good old NES, games like Duck Tales and MegaMan and Castlevania.
So, you're playing as Knight with Shovel. Your quest - reach the Tower of Fate. Great adventure platformer. Strike your enemies with the shovel. Make your path to your love. Collect relics.. blabla.. Hey, why don't you buy this game and see this yourself? 10 bucks is not cheap, but worth it.
Fells great with gamepad.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Duskwit
7.5 hrs
Posted: September 27
Everything about Shovel Knight is amazing. A NES style game that is worthy of its praise.

10/10 would dig again.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Burger King
4.2 hrs
Posted: September 27
Great Game.

The Reminds me Mario and Megaman at the same time. Easy levels at first but their getting harder and harder. Great Game!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Tiggered Tiger
16.3 hrs
Posted: September 26
Great sidescroller game all around. Wish that Yacht Club Games would come out with some DLC or more games. Soundtrack is great as well. Definitely for you if you love classic 8 bit side scroler games.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
VencirGan
9.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
I will be displaying my review as someone who enjoyed the game, then clearly stopped enjoying half way through. Its how I honestly feel about the game, and you know what. I cannot recommend this game, even if some parts of it are clearly good design, and some are the most terrible design I've ever seen.

TLDR; Its a little under okay, some parts of the game are spectacular.. However it goes into the area of frustrating due to one shot gimmicks and new mechanics being placed in at the same time. Shovel knight himself feels quite nice to control though. Some bosses are well designed as well. Overall I wouldn't recommend the game though.

SPOILERS: Sorry bout that.

Positives:

- Shovel knight somewhat controls well, better than most platformers. I can definitely give it this, although some parts of it feel clunky, and quite different from other games.

- Music is great.

- Down attacking feels by far the smoothest and most satisfying mechanic in the game.

- Great amount of secrets and rewards exploration

- Final level was extremely fun, it took every boss and made them better designed, as well as making the game enjoyable. (think its second to last level)

Negatives:

- How shovel knight moves sometimes is just unacceptable. The down attack feels perfect. Feels amazing to use, however. Hitting an enemy and being knocked back because of that? No. Thats just.. dumb, especially in a platformer. Its unforgivable. How he moves feels clunky too, at least to me.

- Some bosses are clearly well designed. However, most are gimmicky trash, and I honestly can't stand it. Its mostly negative because there are many bosses that feel like garbage

- The level design, also a mostly negative thing. Some parts of levels are AMAZING. However, this falls short when they introduce tons of one shot gimmicks + new mechanics at the same time. Its just unacceptable design. Sadly, there is more bad than good here. Its not the worst thing in the world. But its just down right frustrating.

- Some bosses are completely forgettable.

- Feels like some relics are useless, or just some are way more useful than they should be. Might be a bit opinionated.

- Physics are wonky. If you get hit from the left while looking right, you'll be pushed left. This, this right here makes the gameplay feel disgusting. It also causes tons of hiccups in future areas.

Conclusion:

Overall, Shovel Knights mechanics himself are amazing no doubt. They feel mostly polished. I cannot reccomend this game due to cheesy parts that ruin the experience as a whole. The music is great, the visuals are okay. Some controls feel a bit wonky, at least to me. I know this game is praised, or was. I just can't suggest it, and maybe hype around it that I heard made me dislike it more when it got downright frustrating with the amount of cheese the game had, along with not being able to recover loot you've obtained. There are just parts where it feels so poorly designed its annoying. I don't think its worth the money for the parts that are great, or even spectacular. I think its a little under mediocre sadly.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
automat_0r
9.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
Think Mega Man + old Zelda mechanics + Mario 3 mechanics wrapped into one package. Super fun, challenging game that is worth the buy!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
cRiSPy
7.6 hrs
Posted: September 25
Dig holes to get food and money.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
tomo00
14.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Great game and great developers.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
SgtSprinkles
7.8 hrs
Posted: September 24
Product received for free
This game is damn near perfect. There are hardly any flaws that I can honestly think of that lowers the value of this game.
If I were to compare this game to anything its Mega-Man. In the factor of how Shovel Knight feels when you are jumping around.

Get it full price, discount, gift it. Either way you are getting or giving a moneys worth kind of a game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Road to µ'sic 4ever
29.1 hrs
Posted: September 24
Yacht Club Games.
Release Specter Knight!!!
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
First few levels "pff, this is easy!! i'm gonna enjoy the hell outta this!!"


late-game levels:"Thank you dark souls."
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
NES nostalgia done right.
Great music, and megman + ducktales inspired base mechanics work VERY well.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
There's something very magical about this game. As of right now I'm 3 hours into it & already halfway through the Shovel Knight campaign and I can't wait to play the other 3 campaigns. Addicting gameplay, decent story, good humor, just an overall simple good time.

It's the perfect mix of quite a few of our beloved nes classics and that's a beautiful thing. Let me tell ya, Shovel Knight may be heavily inspired by famed classics, however, it feels like something totally original. In other words, it's not too copy cat-ish. Everything about this game is enjoyable, nothing frustrating can be found here.

My only complaint is that the bosses are a bit too easy. It's apparent that the developer didn't only make this game for retro platformers but newcomers as well. I recommend this game to anyone who loves classic platforming games... namely Megaman, Mario, Golden Axe or even the rpg known as The Legend Of Zelda.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
The Plot - It's simple, a bit foresseable, with few important characteres, but matches with this kind of game, wich major objective is unite past with present in a video game.

The Gameplay - It's wonderful, 'cause at same time that you look at yourself playing a game that looks like a new Mario game, Shovel Knight inserts new kinds of environments in the game and ways to match new kinds of gameplay with this ambients. One example is the levels of propeller knight (with wind introduced in gameplay) and polar knight (with different forms to interact with ice .

The Graphics - Nothing to comment about it, it's a old school game with old school graphics too.

Therefore this game can match perfectly to old school players, but it worth be played by all gamers because Shovel Knight honors old school games with inovations that justify the title of best indie of his year of launch. Have fun.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
66.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
There's really nothing that can be said about this game that hasn't been alreay said.
It's basically perfect.
My brother's friend shared this game with me through his steam library, but once I started playing it I had to buy it myself because the developers DESERVED my money.
I'll just list out everything great about this game that has been stated hundreds of times before:
Tight platforming, classic but compelling story, amazing artwork, and a soundtrack so good that I cannot comprehend how it can exist in the mortal realm. This is quite possibly the best game I have ever played. 11/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Shovel Knight is a fantastic old school retro game...
Brings back so much nostalgic of my young gaming days.
The game is beautifully designed with that old school feeling..and hardcore challenges.
I loved the whole game from start to finish, and cant wait for the next update which will add more characters to challenge against the game.
The music is extraordinary, and again feels old school.
Extreme amounts of thought process has gone into developing this game.
A while back my son was watching me playing this, and after a short poriod of time was itching to play.. so I bought him a copy.. he also loves it... which then lead to him wanting to beat the game not long after me.. :D
I do hope that they bring out a Sequel..
I would 100% recommend this game to everyone you wont be disappointed...
What a master piece!

Overall 9/10
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
If you like platformers you'd like this game. Snappy music with actual effort, not just generic chiptunes. Also looks gorgeous for being pixel art.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
32.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
Not only is this game good but the devs are very generous.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 6
An amazing game. I beat the shovel knight part of the story within a couple of hours and absolutely loved the story. It practically has it's own "Set a difficulty you feel comfy with" in that you can break the lanterns which in turn will give you less check points. After the shovel knight story, playing as the plague knight was truly different. I felt so confused transitioning from Shovel Knight to Plague Knight, but I loved it. I felt as though it gave the game a new experience to a familiar world. King Knight and Spectar Knight are supposed to be next, along with the addition of a few new modes to my understanding so I absolutely can't wait.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
amazing! love every second of it. its so retro and old gamey type
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny