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
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
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.