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: Overwhelmingly Positive (2,409 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 26, 2014

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"I'm personally not much of a fan of retro platformers, which is why I was surprised that I enjoyed this so much. A tight and enjoyable experience."
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October 29

Version 1.2.2 - Technical Fixes

Hello again. I hope your week is going well! We have a technical update to share today.

General
•Game-wide performance improvements across all platforms!
•Fix: First gold producing dirt block in Plains would drop two coins on top of one another.
•Fix: Possible crash involving Mr. Hat Boss.
•Fix: Miscellaneous crash fixes.
•Fix: Inching past an open (but not rummaged through) treasure chest with the charge slash no longer snaps Shovel Knight back to the chest. Still hilarious.
•Devices: Linux, Mac and Windows support for SnesMayflashAdapter, Retrobit NES adapter, and Buffalo Famicom Controller. Welcome, native game padders!

Linux
•Game now respects SDL_AUDIODRIVER environment variable. Fixes some setups having no audio at all!
•Fix: Mail of Momentum providing an extra jump for Shovel Knight. Consider it a sneak peak at Plague Knight!

That's all for now! Thanks again for playing!

EDIT: Minor hotfix also going live which fixes an error with the Chaos Orb Relic (introduced just in this patch).

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October 8

Shovel Knight - Now Available on Linux!

Hey! You there! Shovel Knight is now available on Linux! No longer must you brave the perils of emulators, virtual machines, dual booting, or what-have-you to do battle against the forces of evil. Now that Windows, Mac and Linux are all released, you can play Shovel Knight on your system(s) of choice!

If you're using a controller but it's not being detected on Linux, or any platform, you can help out by submitting your device information. It's easy! Just check out this page.

Version 1.2.1 also includes a few minor changes:

•Clarified cheat activation text to be a little less scary.
•Fix: Gastronomer forgetting to serve remaining meals if Shovel Knight leaves just as a sequential meal was being served. Ah, the old dine and dash and then dine again trick...


Not all that much, right? That's because the team is hard at work on some exciting big new updates! First up is playable Plague Knight! It will be a transmutationally fun time!

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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

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!

System Requirements

PC
Mac
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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 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
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
56 of 70 people (80%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I dig this game.
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19 of 19 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
So, got this game a day ago, and I did not play a single other game until I beat it. Instead of gushing all over the floor, I made a list of pros and cons of this game.

Pros-

Smooth gameplay
Tight controls
Changable controls
Satisfying kills
♥♥♥♥ING AWESOME SOUNDTRACK
Imitates the 8 Bit era EXTREMELY WELL. This game does it right, and passes through the barrier that indie retro games are stale
Intro that shows off the 8 Bit era PERFECTLY
First level is great, shows off things you can do, not hard, first boss fight is good
World map similar to the Super Mario Bros 3
You can bounce on enemies like in Duck Tales
Has a style similar to Megaman
Hub world where you can buy upgrades and do sidequests
RELICS: Pretty much every regular level has a relic. These relics are a nice way to change up the way you kill your enemies. You can find these in secret areas where you find a chest, containing... a person.... inside. He will allow you to buy the stages relic. However, if you miss him, or do not have enough money to buy the relic, he can be found in the huv world, but the relic is a bit more expensive.
Mana and health system, Buy or find meal tickets after certain levels and take them to a
Gastronomer in the hub world to expand your life meter, easy right? You can buy mana upgrades with gold at the Magician near the Gastronomer. Forgot to mention that relics take mana to use.
Mini levels, these include battles with wandering travelers (Mario 3) Mini relic levels which take certain relics and bases the level off them.
Great level design
Blame nothing on the game. If you die its your fault.
A good challenge
Great Humor
If you get bored, you can use Cheat Codes to make a new file which distracts you from your main one. There are tons of cheat codes, over 200 of them, look them up.
Awesome foreshadowing in the form of dream levels.
All of the 41 stubborn people who negatively reviewed the game only complain about how hard the game is. Its not the hardest game ever. In fact its pretty easy compared to other games that I have played.
Great final battle, will not spoil it.
Great boss battles
More ♥♥♥♥
Way more ♥♥♥♥
There are alot more cool things about this game. I cannot fit them all here. Just ♥♥♥♥ing play it

Cons? I guess?
If you suck at video games this may give you a stroke.
Short, I guess
??? I could have sworn I had at least one more con about this game.


This game is really good. Like really really good. Play it



PLAY IT I TELL YOU
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Challenging, fun, and overall a really awesome game. The soundtrack's fantastic too. Plenty of moments that make you smile.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
Shovel Knight. Where to begin?
Well, first off, it's a platformer. But when you mix platformer AND RPG with story? That's hard to do. But Yacht Club Games created an amazing game with all those elements. You can gather collectibles, buy upgrades, discover secrets, talk to the villagers, and watch a Giant half apple half fish dance for you. Shovel Knight is probably one of my favorite games of all time. If you enjoy fun, clever, and old-school games, you have to get shovel knight.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game.. it's a love letter to all the great NES titles, might be too many to say. I really don't know what there is to say anymore of this amazing game other then what have been already said.
Platforming is great, soundtrack and story. If you loved the classic NES games, this one is for You.
Highly recommended.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
If you love shovels, you will enjoy this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
I would like to start by getting this out of the way: Shovel Knight is easily one of my favorite games of 2014. If you're a fan of platformers at all, or you've tried to go back and play classics and been put off by their difficulty, Shovel Knight is a perfect game to start with. While it looks retro, it does an incredible job of melding modern game design with familiar highly refined mechanics and controls to create one of the best games I've played this year.

The story is about 6 or so hours long and full of optional bosses, secrets in each level, and loads of entertaining achievements to try for that give you an extra level of challenge if that's what you're looking for. There is a ton of replayability here, especially considering there is a new game + available as soon as you beat the game the first time that makes the game significantly harder. Also, let's not forget the music - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysCxbfg1VvY . I've finished the game multiple times between 3ds and PC and would be more than happy to ditch any of this holiday seasons major releases in favor of going back to Shovel Knight a few more times.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
Amazing Game, bought it yesterday. already got 6 hours and I don't even think I got that far! it's a retro old school style game, I'll call it a mix between Zelda 2/Megaman and Castlevania, and yeah, the music is awesome as well! 10/10!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
I was saving up some money till the holiday sales, and I really wanted Shovel Knight, but then the cash appeared and I could buy it at Full Price, at first I thought I was hasty and wasted cash, but after playing it, I can safely say that this is my favourite game of 2014. Not only did it fulfill what I expected, it actually exceeded my expectations, it's challenging, you'll rely a lot on skill, the level design is so amazing I haven't been this frustrated ever since I played megaman again 3 years ago. It is a delicious mix of Castlevania, Megaman and Ninja Gaiden. The Retro graphics are enjoyable and the pixel art is amazing, its pretty hard to sprite in that style without making it look out of place due to the lack of limitations.
Yatch Club Games really nailed it with this game. If they ever announce a Sequel, I would gladly play it if its as enjoyable as this game was. Sincerely, best Ten Bucks I ever spent. Worth a lot more than AAA games I bought this year.

tl;dr 10/10 megaman knight ninja belmont play it would pay twice the actual price
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
It feels pretty much like ducktales and rockman, but you already know that. But oh god, this game is darn good. Lots of silly puns too, wish i could think of a good one to insert here.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 12
"For Shovelry!" This NES-esque platformer captures the spirit of retro gaming by combining quirky characters, iconic gameplay elements from Castlevania, Ducktales, and Zelda II, and a FANTASTIC soundtrack that I still listen to every day (kudos to one of my favorite VGM composers, Jake Kaufman)!

Forgiving in the way that there are no game overs and plenty of ways to get past each screen, ranging from pure shovel tactics to using an invincibility charm to bypass it altogether if something gets too frustrating. For the hardcore (like me!), the game offers plenty of freedom to make your playthrough VERY hard through its achievements! I cannot describe how awesome it felt to hear the staff roll theme reprise after completing the game without dying.

Pick it up for yourself and your friends! Let's all appreciate the EPIC homage to retro gaming that is present in Yacht Club Game's SHOVEL KNIGHT!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
i have no nostalgia for the NES, i grew up on a diet of playstation with a smattering of mega drive.
it's important to bare this in mind, as many of the 8-bit style nostalgiafest indie games out there really don't do it for me, due to the fact that they cater exclusively to nostalgia.
This, however, bucks that trend. Shovel knight is just... everything about it is perfect. the controls are sharp, responsive and precise; the game itself is challenging without ever feeling unfair; the music is some of the best i've heard in a videogame and the level and character designs are nothing short of pure genius. usually i can think of a single bad thing to say about a game, but this time? no. nothing comes to mind, infinitely replayable, beautifully made and just so satisfying to play- Shovel Knight is better than most of the big-name games that you see in the shops for £40.
if you haven't already bought it then you are seriously missing out, so fork out that money, yacht club deserve it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
Do you like megaman? Do you like knights? Then enjoy this game, which is essentially knight megaman! While many games will throw in some pixellated graphics and say "there it's retro", Shovel Knight seems to have been made by people who actually get what made these retro games fun.

The controls feel solid, yet I do find it easy to sometimes accidentally use an item when I didn't want to. That could just be me however. The soundtrack is done true to style and incredibly well, you'll most likely be looking up the songs pretty quickly after hearing them.

The story is basically any NES game's story, a simple tale of saving the kingdom from an evil force. Nothing much, but then again, that's intentional! Not every game needs a sweeping plot full of twists and turns, after all. The dialogue is full of humor, whether intentional or not.

The game may be a little too difficult for some, full of moments in which you'll be thrown into bottomless pits by knockback. The difficulty is just as retro as the rest of the game, which isn't always something people go for.

All in all, if you enjoyed the platformers of the NES days or are just looking for a difficult yet fair platforming game for the PC, get Shovel Knight.

P.S.: Use a gamepad.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
CAN YOU DIG IT, SUCKA?

I'm sorry. I had to.

This is the best Megaman game that's been made in nearly 2 decades.

This game is a very very high-quality tribute to the games were popular during the late 80's/early 90's. The influences are obvious - The character itself, the level design, boss fights, graphical style and music are very reminiscent of the early Megaman games. The level selection pays tribute to the slightly-less-than-linear level select screen of Super Mario Bros. 3, where there is a general direction of progression, but you may be given the opportunity to stray from the path at times. The shovel jump mechanics are a less-than-subtle throwback to the pogo stick in Ducktales. Most importantly, however, is that the controls are both simple and responsive. If you miss a jump, it'll always because you missed the jump, rather than the game itself boning you. As with most 2D platformers on PC, I would strongly recommend a controller (with the Xbox 360 controller being the standard).

The difficulty of this game is often spoken about. The game is fairly difficult, but I do have to stress that this game is NOT Nintendo difficult. The difference is mainly that although Shovel Knight does have challenging sections, there is rarely a point in the game that is strictly unfair. Most of the time when you die, it'll be more of a "dammit, I messed up" than a "this game is ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥" type of thing. Furthermore, unlike many NES games of old, there is no limit to the number of lives you have. Instead, dying causes you to lose a portion of the gold you've collected, which gets left at the point at which you died. You then spawn at the latest checkpoint and have an opportunity to obtain the money that you dropped. This means that there are rarely any parts of the game that require extensive replaying of the same areas over and over again. Seasoned platform gamers (for which this game is most likely targeted at) will probably get through this game without too much of a struggle. Newer gamers however are likely to get stuck and potentially frustrated at various segments of the game. With that said, regardless of how difficult you may find the game, each level you complete will feel like an accomplishment.

As previously mentioned, both the graphics and the music in the game are very much influenced by game such as Megaman. The graphics are, in a sense, "beautifully ugly", in that it is an 8-bit style game done in high resolution. The music is more or less the type of chiptune that you'd expect from a game like this. It's catchy, yes, although I found the music less memorable than the NES titles that inspired this game.

Overall, I would recommend this game to anyone looking for a good NES-style 2D platformer. Yes, the price of this is currently relatively steep for an indie game (as it has never been bundled or, to my knowledge, gone on special for any significant amount to this date). With that said, as PC gamers, we are spoilt for choice. We live in an age where, on Steam, and with the overabundance of bundled games, we are able to get decent-quality games for very cheap. From a value-for-money point of view, I would recommend getting much cheaper-but-high-quality 2D platformers such as Super Meat Boy, Limbo, Braid, Spelunky and a host of other games well before you got this one. However, if you're like me and time is a considerably more limiting factor than money, then Shovel Knight is the best value.

In other words, I strongly believe that Shovel Knight is the best 2D platformer currently on Steam, bar none.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
This game... I just can't put into words...
I've never felt so pleased and satisfied like this in a long time. For such a short game, it left a HUGE impact on me!
Im happy to say, its now a new member to my family of top 10 favorite video games of all time~ (; w ;)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Did you have a good childhood as a gamer?
Buy this game immediately.

Did you have a s***ty childhood as a gamer?
Buy this game to make up for lost time.

Are you still a child yourself?
Beg your elders to buy this game for you.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
I really like this game! :):) hahar
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
The only problem i had with this game is that i wish it was longer. Other than that it is perfect. this game brings back all of the feelings of playing castlevania with the look and flow of playing a megaman game. if that sounds good to you buy it now.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
Difficult but not frustrating platformer in the style of Megaman meets Castlevania.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
DO YOU LIKE PIXELS? DO YOU LIKE RAGE!!!???? DO YOU, LIKE, SHOVELS??????!!!!!!?!?!?!?!? THEN YOU BETTER GET THIS RAGE ENDUCING GAME IF YOU LOVE RAGE SO MUCH!!! But the music is good! get this game!
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