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 (2,281 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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September 19

Version 1.2 - Around The World!

Shovel Knight goes international! Now you can play the entire game in English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish! Swap between languages at any time within the Options Menu. Whether you're playing the game for the first time, picking up a new language, or just trying out a new flavor of the Shovel Knight adventure -- we hope you enjoy it! Thanks to the team at Words of Magic for their tireless work in translating the Shovel Knight spirit. Squeezing puns into fixed-width NES font space is no laughing matter!

Mac Players:
Shovel Knight 1.2 now runs on a wider range of earlier OS versions. Mavericks not required!

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September 12

Shovel Knight - Now Available on Mac!

The Mac version of Shovel Knight is OUT!! Get your shiny device ready for the best app to hit Apple yet!!

For those in the realm of Windows, you might have also noticed a minor build update on your side too! This addresses the following:

•FIX: Mouse cursor now draws behind the game window once again.
•Minor changes to some UI elements for upcoming international language support.
•A whole bunch of additional controllers now supported.

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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

    • 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 10.6 or later
    • Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz or equivalent
    • Graphics: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
767 of 834 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
I've kickstarted this game the very second I saw it and I was not let down.

This game really brings back the memories of how games were when you and I was only children.
The nostalgic "8/16 bit" look makes you think of the old NES/SNES and MSDOS days when you sat up hours straight because you could not save or you just could not stop (just one more level). This has all that and more. Remember the annoying sounds and music that some games had due to the very primitive soundboard. Well forget about that with Shovelknight because the music is just beyond awesome. Everything about it screams well done, and there is also a person in the very first town that you can talk to if you want to change the music in case you find it repeatative. Just gather more notepages and he can play more songs.
This game is filled with hidden treasure, fun jokes, awesome characters (a horse in a dress!), lovely artwork, great enemies and very well done boss fights.
The game is like a combination of Duck Tales, Super Mario, Mega Man, Faxanadu and many more epic titles + more. If you are looking for anything to tickle the old nostalgic nerve this is the game for you. Even thou I have tried words can't describe how awesome this game is. Try it for yourself. You won't regret it.

TL;DR 10/10 this game is awesome go buy it!
Posted: June 25
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1,856 of 2,127 people (87%) found this review helpful
6.4 hrs on record
I cannot recommend Shovel Knight enough because it fails at being bad so hard. You might as well grab 15€ from your wallet and burn it if you are a fool. You will get no joy from this if you don't have what it takes, you little piece of garbage. I don't want to go anywhere near this game if I don't have enough time to sit back and properly enjoy it again. I assure you that you will feel the same. The 8-bit music will drive you insane with nostalgia, the controls are disgustingly good, especially if you have a decent controller, the art looks like it was made by an 8-year-old prodigy genius blessed by angels. All in all, I rate this game 1 if we're using a simplistic binary rating system where 1 means 'recommend', and 0 means 'do not recommend'. Buy Shovel Knight if you are a sucker for games that are good.
Posted: July 10
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1,217 of 1,432 people (85%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Dig a hole, throw in Zelda 2, Mario 3 and the ghost of Mega Man. Fill that whole with gorgeous 8-bit graphics and sublime chiptune music. Then jump in the hole, point your shovel to the sky and rejoice, my brothers and sisters, REJOICE!!
Posted: June 25
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3,154 of 3,998 people (79%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
The idea of a Knight with a Shovel is, ground-breaking.
Posted: June 25
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633 of 795 people (80%) found this review helpful
9.3 hrs on record
Mega Man + Duck Tales + Mario 3
This game is terribly charming and pure joy to play.
Posted: June 25
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