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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January 22

Version 2.2.1 - Bug Breaker

Howdy, all! How has your January been? Us, well, we wanted to get this new build ready to address a few problematic bugs. Thanks again to everyone who wrote in to report these issues.

  • Fix: Crash when fishing up the same object multiple times while underwater.
  • Fix: Pickups which overlapping the player sometimes not being picked up until moving away and back again.
  • Fix: Autoscrolls sometimes incorrectly crush player when moving near the edge of the screen.
  • Fix: Moving spiked ceiling in Tower of Fate: Ascent not colliding as spikes.
  • Fix: No longer able to jump right after triggering a catapult warp.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Jump cancelling Dust Knuckles on hit only results in a double jump if you are above the ground. Characters with no air jumps can never air jump.
  • Fix: [Shovel] Fixed possible lock-up when Plague Knight summons vats. Occurrence chance was particularly higher on Mac and Linux platforms
  • Fix: [Shovel] Can once again bounce off Plague Knight’s summoned vats.
  • Fix: [Plague] 2nd part of boss no longer kills player if offscreen.
  • Fix: [Plague] Staff of Surging Arcana no longer goes through vertical crushing ceilings/floors when crushed.
  • Fix: Minor option menu fixes.

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January 4

Version 2.2 - New Year of Knights

Happy 2016 Everyone!

Today we have a tune-ups and fixes for the Plague of Shadows campaign. Here are the fine details:

  • New: [Plague] Mail Minion will now read a letter to you which includes all sorts of neat stats.
  • New: [Plague] Minion can now appear within Plains of Passage to explain how to perform a bomb burst in case you’re stuck!
  • New: [Plague] Shovel Knight’s Secret Palette Cheats now work when playing as Plague Knight (Plague uses #1-16, SK uses #1-32)
  • New: Added options to swap confirm/back buttons. Options -> Controls -> Confirm/Back
  • Adjustment: [Plague] vs Propeller Knight has been tuned to be less difficult.
  • Adjustment: [Plague] Alchemy menu is slightly faster to open, close, and select items.
  • Adjustment: [Plague] Swapped the design of two rooms within the Plains of Passage while playing as Plague Knight.
  • Adjustment: [Shovel] Important: Game-Changer: Megaton: Can now stand on the roof of all houses in the Village.
  • Fix: The Iron Man 2014 Cheat is back in service! Just enter your name as IM&SGC14 on the profile screen to compete for the highest score in The Lost City. Plague Knight can now take on this challenge with the help of his Treasure Trappings!
  • Fix: [Plague] Lock up when defeating Mole Knight when Mole Knight is hiding in the wall.
  • Fix: [Plague] Health display inconsistencies when upgrading health while maxed out on health tonics.
  • Fix: Re-added some missing treasure in the first enemy map encounter
  • Fix: Item Completion percent surpassing 100%. (armors were being counted twice)
    Fix: Player can collect pickups while in chest open surprise animation.
  • Fix: [Plague] Uncollected Cipher Coins revealed from dirt blocks not re-appearing if moving to a different screen before collecting.
  • Fix: Reize will drop song scroll center screen if he ends up too far to the screen edge.
  • Fix: [Plague] Money bags being caught off screen if he fell down the right-most pit during Propeller Knight’s battle
  • Fix: [Plague] Mr. Hat sometimes appearing off his mark during credits.
  • Fix: [Plague] Smoke bomb and Treasure Knight chest capture bug.
  • Fix: Minor text improvements across all languages.

The team here is also breaking into major design and development on the game's next big Boss Knight campaign: Specter Knight. We hope you have your scythe skills sharpened!

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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
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Speedwarion
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
TL;DR
This is definitely one of the freshest yet at the same time most nostalgic platform experiences I have played in the recent years, I do wholly recommend this game for those who are in for 5/6 hours filled by tears, blood, swears and genuine fun!

I'm sure I haven't done a positive review in months and luckily, thanks to this year's summer sales, this outrageously bad trend came to an end as soon as i digged into this game.
Truth be told, I have always been a hardcore platform games fan and when one of my friends talked about this game I was fairly excited to finally play once more one of this kind of games after years and years of trying out new genres and, heck, sticking with online multiplayer games (I'm looking at you, Smite and Team Fortress 2!)

So, where to begin? The moment you start the game, you'll be instantly brought to a simpler era, where all that was needed were a controller and free time. The story is told through an old fashioned images medley, and, despite it sounding like something "already seen", in my opinion it adds to the general nostalgic value of the game.

Alright, I hope I don't need to point this out, but yes, your character does indeed use a shovel instead of the stereotyped usual medieval sword, but worry not! It is a really useful tool that will not only help you kill enemies as you continue exploring, but will also get you gold and gems hidden into... I guess... piles of rocks? Yeah!
And these, uh, "goldies" are important in the game, for you will, after finishing the very first level, get to the village where you can saltuarly go to to buy health upgrades, mana upgrades and much more!

You'll also be able to use several spells that grant you powers/invincibility for a few seconds/andwhatnot, and that's a nice touch too.

As a final note for this first part of the review, the game has an astonishingly good soundtrack!
I personally listen to my own metal music whenever I play singleplayer games, but for a few hours I decided to make an exception because the musics in this game are really well made, I might even listen to them one of these days on their own while playing totally different games.

Alright, now that we're done with the praisin', the time has come for the criticizin', shall we begin?!?

Well, I personally haven't found major flaws in this game yet, although there might be a few elements that could possibly make some of you not enjoy the game thoroughly.
First off, this game is straigt up HARD. You're not looking at your average platform game whose difficulty level isn't that high, if you buy this game and decide to play it you WILL swear and insult your nearest deity, albeit the learning curve won't be too unforgiving.

What will be unforviging, however, are the bloody SPIKES. No matter what you'll do, no matter what you'll be handing, there's no escaping from the spikes. You touch them, you die. You don't (and won't) simply escape from the spikes.

8/10 would've given a 10/10 if those ♥♥♥♥in' spikes weren't in


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NCR Soldier
( 4.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Yeah yeah the console is better BLA BLA BLA well at the very least pc vesion is cheaper... (i think)
and overall the game is good might get frustated from time to time but still good game 2 more additional FREE content is being developed (maybe) as well

Shovel knight from scale of 1 to 10
8/10
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evolutionfq400
( 7.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
After playing Shovel Knight I come to realize that I don't need another Megaman game. Shovel Knight is the clear evolution of its genre with influences from past successful franchises woven beautifully into its own unique experience. For Any Megaman, Castlevania, and Metroid fan this is a must have.
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PapaKuma
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
I had heard good things about this game but didn't know if I wanted to get into a "retro indie" game. After listening to an interview with the developers on a podcast my interest was perked a bit more. I'm super glad I picked it up. The game is a lot of fun with super tight controls that make it fun to play. The challenge is in the game, not in the controls. I dig it :)
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Philosophical Feline
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The quintessential measuring stick for retro-style games. Everything about is simply wonderful, even down to the artwork in the cutscenes.
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XHaradorkX (Antônio Couto)
( 15.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
My OCD almost exploded my head...

I need. To get. That achievement.

Try #1 - Nice achievement, finishing without dying? That's gonna be difficult, but not impossible
Try #10 - Well. How can I finish the game if I can't even finish the first 3 levels without dying?
Try #50 - I need water. And food.
Try #100 - Died on the ♥♥♥♥ing 5th boss. Again.
Try #200 - I need to take a ♥♥♥♥ing bath.
Try #450 - Holy ♥♥♥♥. I forgot my bath.
Try #700 - My keyboard is missing the letters J and K
Try #1150 - My eyes hurt. My fingers too. I can't feel my legs. But nothing matters. I need that achievement.
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Crazy Non-Casual
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Oh man, this game was so worth it.
I paid 10$ for this, but 15$ is also definitely a reasonable price for this
It's a blast and one of the best retro platformers I've seen in such a long time
I suggest anyone who's on the fence about this to go ahead and play it!
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timothystulken
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
The ultimate 2D platformer. When I played it, I was expecting it to be a good platformer, but I was amazed at how tight the controls were, and how satisfying completing the levels were to complete. The game is a treat, and is a must have for everyone. Definitely worth the full $15 price tag. Don't wait to play this game. It's worth it.
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BeanStalk12
( 39.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
This game is addicting. Super fun, hard enough to be frustrating, but not to an un-playable extent. Definitely one of my favourites.
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Mrs. Ahegao
( 9.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Better Mega Man than Mighty Nº9
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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
I know i never write actual reviews on games that are fun, but this...
this is a master piece.
A very challenging game, accompanied with astonishing art and music,
with the combination of the story itself, makes this my ALL TIME favorite game i have ever played.
I have only finished Shovel Knight's story, but it made me cry, even if i am a tough man. :^)
I'll edit the review as i go, but the story, was truly, the best thing i have ever seen, the music, really well made and
fitting with the story, and the art style is amazing.

99/100 - I broke a pencil

P.S. Just kidding, 101/100.

Worth its full price in every. single. way.
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 15
Excellent platformer.
  • Played it on an Xbox controller, and the controls were very responsive
  • Nice pacing; difficulty gets satisfyingly high
  • Free DLC
  • Secrets, unlocks, and replayability
  • Variety of enemies and bosses
  • Enjoyable, classic story with a solid ending

Get it!
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
10/10 Platformer. It's really, really good.

♥♥♥♥ spikes though.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
42.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 6
This is my favorite game since megaman X. I wish there was more good platformers out there like this!!

My only dissapointment with this game is the fact that you can only play multiplayer on nintendo devices... that should kinda be accessible to everyone in my opinion.

Other than that, this game had great level design, a simple engaging story that didnt get in the way of the gameplay, and funny little jokes throughout the game. Go ahead and buy it right now!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
There's literally nothing bad about this.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
6 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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person 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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6 of 6 people (100%) 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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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 16
Excellent game.
Wonderful performance, rock solid 60 fps, rebindable controls, moderate difficulty.
Surprisingly cool and engaging story too.
Top notch gameplay and superb level designs.
Continuous support by devs, free DLCs and sizeable amount of content.
Catchy music on top of it.

I can't really come up with any real complaints. Oversaturated palette maybe?
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 1
It\'s almost flawless. It\'s an old-school Megaman style platformer, with old-school difficulty. It\'s brimming with fun, personality, and polish. Every aspect of the game oozes the love that its developers have for games. Expect excellent level design, gorgeous graphics, a kicking soundtrack, a surprisingly engaging story, and a plethora of hidden easter eggs and extra features.

The only complaint I have is in the Dark Souls-like recovery mechanic. When you die, a proportion of your wealth is left where you died. In Dark Souls, it is left a few seconds behind where you died, so you can safely retrieve it. In Shovel Knight, the bags of gems that spawn where you died would often not be reachable without you dying again.

This was definitely frustrating, but do not let it sour you on this gem of a game. It\'s well worth its asking price!
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