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!
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Release Date: Jun 26, 2014

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“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
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silverj
( 29.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Ever played Commander Keen? Well, then this game is right up your alley. A true platformer with collectibles, hidden stuff and challenging levels. To top it off, you get to play a knight that wields a shovel. What more could you ask for?
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Evilous
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
The ♥♥♥♥ing specturl boss fight and it's level and you cannot change the controls.
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JPOC
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Bought it to play Co-Op with my friends after watching the Game Grumps Lets Play #INFINIDAGGER

But PC Version has no Co-Op, what a let down!

I dont wanna play it solo, so I've only played for 90 seconds to learn the controls and thats it.

NEED STEAM CO-OP MODE ASAP
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BusinessPenguin
( 18.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
This is my favorite platforming game by far. Each level has new mechanics and the story is really charming. I have played through it three times now and I am really enjoying it still
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Baedvar
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
If you get mad easily, don't play this game. It has frustrating gameplay but it feels so rewarding after you beat the level. I've only played about 4 hours of this game by the time I write this review but I have screamed out "I ♥♥♥♥ING HATE THIS GAME" and "IM GOING TO REFUND THIS PIECE OF ♥♥♥♥" at least 5 times (within the first hour of playing). It's a good game, I love the artwork,the playstyle, just everything. It does get my frustrated,yes but it's worth in the end.
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ExiledDragon
( 20.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
This is literally the pinnacle of retro gaming.
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EmberedOne
( 20.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
I'll give you the TL:DR right up front here; This game is worth every penny. Buy it!


Shovel Knight is an amazing game. It is definitely a throwback to the olden days of gaming, but you definitely do not need that nostalgia to enjoy it.


Gameplay:

Shovel Knight has very fun gameplay. Sure, it's a platformer, with many combat elements, so there will be some challenging points, but it is generally very forgiving.
For example, there are no "lives", and the only punishment for death, is losing some of your money, which you could scoop back up when you get back to your death point.

And, before you ask, no. It does not get dull at all playing it again and again. Sure, playing a game blind has it's qualities, but the gameplay is just very fun. I am approaching my 4th time beating the game.
On only the first campaign.

Music:

The music is very very nice. It is very good at setting the mood for each level, and is just very nice to listen to in general.
(And I don't often listen to music.)

Graphics:

First of all, I must say that, if you think super nice HD graphics, super high res textures, etc. make a game, then you need to wake up.

Obviously, this game has little pixel graphics, and a very limited color pallette, but it is strangely easy on the eyes. Never eye-bleeding. And, at times the scenery can be quite beautiful.

Story:

Yes, this game has a story. A very nice story, which I shall not spoil for you. :)



Additionally, the developers of this game have already released a second campaign for this game, FOR FREE!
It allows you to play as another one of the characters of this game, in what seems to be a re-imagining of the story.

AND THEY'RE MAKING MORE!

FOR FREE!!!


Seriously, the people at Yacht Club Games are amazing, and definitely deserve the support. They have made a game that is truly amazing, and they continue to add more to it.

Get this game.


If you are looking for a rating, I'd give it about a 100 out of 1.
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AndrePump
( 9.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
Shovel Knight is a game that's not afraid to go back to the 8-Bit roots of games, looks like some quality content a company like Nintendo would make! I feel Nintendo would agree considering that Shovel Knight is the first ever Third Part Character to earn it's own Amiibo!

The skill it takes to complete this game is amazing. You can even play the whole game in a different perspective as Plauge Knight!

The ending to this game is amazing, and worth a manly-man tear. Even if I got this game during the Steam Summer Sale I would not regret getting it when it's not on sale. (Thank you Lord Gaben for your amazing deals!)

This game is not afraid to try new things, and this mix of innovation makes this game truly amazi

m8 I r8 8/8- IGN


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25 of 28 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 24
I should start by saying if nobody wants to read this 1,000 page essay over here, I'll help summarize it into 3 words: buy this game. If you're still here, carry on.

I had heard of all the critical acclaim for this game, so this year I decided I'd pick it up on sale. After plenty of patient waiting, I conviniently noticed it 33% off on my birthday, when I recieved some steam cards. So, I bought it.

Holy ****, I wonder why I waited so long.

Graphics:

This game looks fantastic. While pixel art is nothing new to indie games, where Shovel Knight exceeds is it's faithfulness in replicating old NES graphics while simultaneously being goregeous. Only on subsequent playthroughs did I notice the moving cogs in the background of Tinker Knight's stage.

Sound:

The soundtrack by Jake Kaufman achives exactly what the graphics do; it shoots for authenticity with the game's retro feel while simultaneously providing one of the best indie game soundtracks that I've heard, right up there with Undertale.

Story:

Very simple, but it's effective, and yet again distinctively retro; it mimics the era when game stories lacked the ability to offer cutscenes that added up to be the length of actual movies, so instead gave you a compelling reason as to why you're playing this game. Also, the game's characters (particularly the bosses) give a good sense of personality through little dialouge, and the ending twist is pretty original.

Gameplay:

Now this is where the game truly shines. Let me first off say that the control is damn perfect; no cheap deaths here, it's always your fault. Shovel knight starts off with a basic swing and a pogo-style downward strike, but by collecting treasure he can upgrade his arsenal with new abilities, armor, items, and more. Now, I'm the kind of person that doesn't even use "mana abilities" in most games (stuff tied to magic meters and the like), but I found myself frequently using this game's relics; I found almost all of them to be extremely helpful in at least one case. The level design is also fantastic; the game's stages take familiar "world" tropes (the ice level, the fire level, etc.) and put new twists on them (said ice level features a platform capable of creating rainbow bridges, and the fire level features goo that turns the lava into bouncy slime). Each level is also chock-full of secret rooms which I find to be perfectly hidden: they're not "kill yourself in this particular pit" or "hit thos wall with no indication" invisible, but completionists will have to keep a good eye out for them. These rooms contain more platforming challenges and danger but reward the player with songs, purchasable relics, or more treasure, creating a nice risk/reward mechanic. And the bosses are memorable and fantastic.

Replay Value:

An initial run through this game shouldn't take too long (depending on what kind of player you are, should take you anywhere from 5-10 hours approximately), there are plenty of achievements to keep you busy, which range from finding those secrets to harder subsequent runs. I don't normally 100% games, but this game is so frickin' good (for all the reasons mentioned above) that I was more than happy to find a reason to keep on playing. (Note: the game also features a challenge mode with some custom platforming runs and boss rushes).

Cons:

Yes, I had a few flaws with this game. A few. The main one is that swapping relics can take you out of the action at times, but this is minor and easily overlooked. Also, Tinker Knight isn't a great boss... I think that's it?

BONUS:

Yacht Club games being the generous overlords they are have given us mortals a WHOLE NEW DLC CAMPAIGN FOR FREE. ****-KING FREEEEEEE. A campaign that adds a new character, with his own abilities, own upgrades, own relics, own story, own achievments, own challenges, level design changes where some areas wouldn't work out so well for him, and overall just a big overhaul of the game with it's own suprising and entertaining twists on the main game. Is it as good as the main game? Admittedly, no. But this could have easily been a $10 purchase, and I would have gladly loved it just as much. But it's free, and basically doubles the amount of value for this game. Someone needs to show these guys to devs like OVERKILL (Payday 2).

Conclusion:

Buy this game. You do not need a sense of nostalgia for the 8-bit era (as I can testify; I wasn't around back then). You do not need to be a fan of 2D platformers (even if you dislike them. this is one of the best ever; no understatementl, and the very very very least worth a try). The amount of detail, work, and passion that went into this game shows with gusto.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
There's literally nothing bad about this.
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16 of 19 people (84%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
18.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Product received for free
good thing his armor is blue, because it hides my tears.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Every single aspect of this game has been made with such love and care that it has become a perfect game. And it goes all the way up to 11/10 by giving you extra (and most importantly free) campaigns.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Shovel Knight is a beautiful, solid game and Jake Kaufman's best work in my opinion. (From what I've heard, among his pretty vast amount of work anyway)

HOWEVER

I DON'T recommend this game to anyone who can't handle insta-death situations. They exist in this game, and they are *annoying*
Dying in the same spot, losing half or more of your money, and going through the same segment in a level can be very infuriating.

Basically, if the difficulty of Megaman games ruined the Megaman games for you, don't get it. Not that they're the same games, by any means. It just kinda has the same feel of difficulty to me. Some people have compared it to Zelda 2, but I've never played it. So I can't really make that comparison with certainty.

Anyone else who loves getting their ♥♥♥♥ pounded into dust, get it. You won't regret it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 26
Great game. But greatly angers me, because it's actually semi-difficult. Definitely worth the $10.04 (Summer sale).
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
If this came out at the same time as Megaman, we'd have had Shovel Knight X3 right now and Megaman would have been lost in time.

This game does 90's better than the 90's.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
34.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I did not expect this.
This game is incredibly good: gameplay is stellar, soundtrack is awesome, characters are funny and memorable AND devs are so awesome they're actually adding new campaigns for free! Yup these guys add entire DLCs without charging a dollar!
A 100% buy, definitely worth it's price.
Oh, have you spent your childhood playing 8-bit, 16-bit platformers? Then it's 200% buy for you!

[EDIT1: To address "game is too hard" reviews]
Come on guys, game gives you infinite lives, most stages have 4+ checkpoints, you have quite a few tools which help you tackle any situation (even invincibility on demand item). Old 8-bit games were way less forgiving than that and we still managed to beat them and enjoy them.

[EDIT2: Friendly advice on Plague of Shadows]
To my brethren alchemists: a good chemists takes his time to brew a perfect potion! Tweak your bombs and choose your skills in accordance to the situation at hand! And don't rush in like some blue headed fool with a garden tool!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
It's a ♥♥♥♥ing masterpiece

11/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
One of the best games i ever played:
-very entertaining bosses
-great level designs
-beautiful soundract
-hilarious characters
-awesome story
-hard but fair
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