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 (4,435 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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“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!


  • 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

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • 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
44 of 49 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
A game which people will write love letters about.
A fantastic work of art which takes you back to the 'golden age' of gaming.
Simply a must buy.

Developer: Yacht Club Games
Publisher: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: 26 June, 2014

Kickstarter is something really fantastic isn’t it? I can’t count how many times it has given us good games. Not to mention that those games wouldn’t have never seen the light of day if it wasn’t for Kickstarter and all of the Backers. Just another reason to thank those Backers.

Shovel Knight is like a dream come true. It looks, feels and plays itself like a game from the, how I like to call it, golden age of gaming. The NES/SNES Age. Actually I’d go as far as to say it’s a love letter to the genre itself … just like Axiom Verge.
Or no I’d even go as far as to say that Shovel Knight is a game people write love letters about.
It’s beautiful. It’s magic. It’s so much more.

Now let’s get into it shall we?

You slip into the role of the one and only Shovel Knight. A Knight wielding a Shovel as his weapon. Sounds crazy right? You’re on a journey with Shield Knight as you stumble upon the Tower of Fate. Inside both Knights find an amulet, a cursed one, and Shovel Knight passes out. Upon awakening Shield Knight is nowhere to be found. Thus, he starts to live a depressing life in solitude up until the day on which the Evil Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter show themselves to take over the land.
Will Shovel Knight take up his Shovel and face evil? Or will he continue to live his life in solitude and forget about Shield Knight?

Well that’s as much as I’m going to spoil the Story for you.

Oh where do I begin? The sound, the look, the feel, the gameplay … a perfect harmony. There’s not one point which I could point at and say ’You don’t fit in here! Begone fiend!’. Really everything works together.
If you grew up with the NES/SNES or games like this you’re also struck by Nostalgia. The game certainly has it’s charm, not only for veteran players, but for new players as well. There’s so much love and detail in every character and level that you just happen to fall in love with the game.
But don’t get me wrong. Shovel Knight knows exactly when to be cool and stay old-school and when to be hip and defer to a more modern approach. The larger sprites and the variety of colours is something you wouldn’t be able to find and enjoy on a NES/SNES. That’s one advantage of being able to develop and play a Retro game like this on the PC.
I grew up in the 90’s and let me just say that back in the day this game would have been acknowledged like a work of art. The way enemies behave, the more than fitting and catchy tune of each level and not to mention the boss fights … It just takes you way back in time and you just remember games like Mario, Mega Man or Castlevania.

Pretty straight forward. In the beginning it’s you and your Shovel vs the World. You can jump, of course, and you do have two different kinds of attacks. By pressing the Attack Button you, obviously, attack and by jumping and pressing down you perform a drop attack. But wait there’s more!
After some time, and collections some treasure, you’ll be able to buy Magic which helps you to defeat enemies or even a Fishing Route, which you can use on specific places for some treasure.
That’s actually pretty much it there’s to say about the gameplay. The game’s really pretty straight forward just like the games used to be back in the day. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to learn or that the game is for babies. Au contraire mon frere! You’ll have to learn and memorize the movement and attack pattern of the enemies in order to slay’em.

While I might have talked ‘bout it earlier let me again get into it.
The game’s a work of Art. It looks beautiful and it’s a perfectly example that pixel games aren’t dead and should never die!
There’s just something else ‘bout games with such a retro feel and look. Especially nowadays where everyone’s focusing on making their games as real and photorealistic as possible.
While this isn’t a bad thing per se … I feel like even if you don’t like games with an art style likeShovel Knight you’re missing out on so much by default. Play the game. But don’t only play it. Feel it. Embrace it. Get lost in it. There’s so much love and detail in every character and in every level that I can’t describe how important it is to just play and enjoy it.

What else can I say?
To be honest with you folks … I could say so much more about the game but I believe I’ve made my point. That point would be:
Buy it. Play it. Feel it Love it. Enjoy it.
The game is worth every penny and if you happen to see it on sale go ahead and buy it on the spot. It’s a game which deserves your money. It gives you so much back in return.
It’s seriously a game which you either end up loving or writing love letters about.
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30 of 37 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
This game is a perfect tribute to the 8 bit glory and the best freakin platformer i've played in a while.


+Simple and easy controls
+Amazing 8 bit music
+Perfect Retro gameplay and mechanics
+Lots of Magic, armor, weapon and health upgrades
+Gold farming mini game
+Creative boss battles

-Boss battles and the game in general is too damn easy
-Short :(
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
22.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Platformer perfection. A love letter to days of gaming past where games were challenging but not unforgiving and stories didnt take themselves too seriously, only rather than just be a love letter, they improved on every aspect of platformer gameplay and made what might be considered the most perfect game of all time. Literally perfection.

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22 of 32 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Shovel Knight begins as most adventures do. Two adventurers, Shovel Knight and Shield Knight, are off on a journey when they come across the Tower of Fate. Inside they find a cursed amulet, which knocks Shovel Knight out. When he wakes up, Shield Knight is nowhere to be found. Shovel Knight becomes depressed and begins living a life of solitude, until one day the Evil Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter arrive to take over the land. Shovel Knight takes up his trusty shovel and makes his way to the Tower to defeat the Enchantress and her Order. Why he’s got a shovel in particular is never really made clear, haha.

While simple, the story does it's job. It keeps you interested and gives you a purpose. This of course is accented by amazing gameplay inspired by old school retro classics such as Mega Man, Castlevania, The Adventures of Link, Super Mario Bros, and even Ducktales. Shovel Knight borrows a few mechanics from some of the aforementioned game, but succeeds in making them its own. You can use your shovel to attack enemies, as well as dig up piles of dirt to find treasure, gems, and coins (these serve as your currency). You can also do a downward plunge attack, very much like Scrooge's pogo stick in Ducktales. This is pretty much all you can do, that is until you get your first relic. Relics are your sub-weapons, similar to Castlevania, with each use costing Magic to use. You can swap between relics at anytime via the inventory screen. They each have a specific use, like the Phase Locket allowing you to temporarily become invulnerable, or the Fiery Wand, which allows you to shoot fireballs in a straight path in front of you. Relics are found in one of two ways: either by finding the NPC Chester hidden in each stage, or by buying it from Chester in the first town. Buying it from him in town is more expensive though! In addition to these attacks and relics, you can aslo purchase abilities and armor upgrades in a later area.

The range and variety of enemies is impressive for any game, retro or otherwise, and there are some particularly good Mega Man-inspired boss battles. They all have their movement patterns to learn, but rather than just shooting a red flashing body part three times each encounter always has a more complex puzzle element. In Shovel Knight boss battles are things you actually look forward to as a culmination of the level’s ideas – not a semi-interactive cut scene before the next stage. Where the game doesn’t excel quite as well is the level design, which vacillates between making clever use of the shovel and more generic 2D platform arrangements. There are a lot of cleverly hidden secrets and shortcuts though, which together with the fact that you have to collect dropped gold from your corpse when you die is as reminiscent of Dark Souls as it is Super Mario World. Instant death whenever hitting a spike pit seems excessive punishment though and even if the checkpoint-ing is relatively generous the platforming gets so difficult by the end that it still won’t be enough for many less experienced gamers. Shovel Knight himself is also quite heavy for a platform character, although after an hour or so play you simply adjust to his slightly slower rhythm.

In most cases the game understands exactly when to stay old school and when to defer to more modern design theories. Even the visuals aren’t really anything like a NES. The number of colours and larger sprites are PC Engine level at least, which may seem inauthentic but allows for much more interesting visuals while still maintaining the retro tone. Shovel Knight’s creators clearly understand that while graphics are never entirely timeless good gameplay is, and if Shovel Knight really had been released back in the early ’90s it would’ve been rightly acknowledged as a great example of its art. The soundtrack for the game is fantastic. Each level has their own catchy tune, as does each boss fight. As you collect songs from the stages, you can sell them to the Bard in town for 500 gold each. Then at any time, once you've returned a song, you can request that the Bard play it in town for free! Good times are had by all.

Shovel Knight is a fantastic call to nostalgia and is a well-designed game overall. There's also a New Game+ feature where enemies deal more damage to you, and 45 achievements to collect in all! Thankfully you don't even need to open the Steam overlay to see what achievements you have, because at the main menu you can select "Feats" so see all of your accomplishments. The game is playable both with and without relics, so the game is as challenging as you want it to be. Can you dig it? I sure can!

A Must Play

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
One of the best platformers to come out in years and it's just perfect!
other than the fact that it's a little bit short i can't complain about anything in this game,it has great and addictive gameplay,pretty visuals,interesting characters,cute story and awesome soundtracks! it's like everything in Shovel knight is in rhyme with each other (i'm not even sure if that makes sense but still... :D ),you just have to finish the first level and then you find yourself in love with the game.
i recommend this game to EVERYONE,doesn't matter if you're not a fan of side-scrollers and 8-bit games,this game will charm you...

and if you have a 3ds,i highly recommend playing Shovel Knight on that,the 3D effects/visuals are so well done in the 3ds version.

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