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 (2,518 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.

•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!

•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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“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 10.6 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
45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
8.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 30

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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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Shovel Knight is fantastic. I'm sure you've already heard that a million times by now because this game has been hyped up by just about everyone that has played it. Well, there's a good reason for that. The reaosn is... it lives up to the hype. It's one of the best games made in year. Perhaps one of the best game EVER.

Shovel Knight is a 2D platformer where you run and jump around swinging your shovel at enemies and objects. You can also use your shovel to bouce off of enemies and objects as well. The gameplay is very similar to that of Mega Man and Ducktales. You also get some pretty cool powerups along the way, by them secondary items that use magic, or just upgrades to your main gear. You get them by buying them with gold. You get this gold by collecting gems throughout the levels. When you die, you lose some of your gold and get sent back to your last checkpoint. However, if you get back to the place where you died, you can reclaim your gold as it is separated into three floating sacks. Pretty nifty way to punish you for dying without limiting you to a number of lives. The levels are picked from an overworld map very similar to the style of Super Mario Bros 3. There are even some enemy encounters on the map that aren't associated with specific levels or locations. There are also a few towns to visit, which is the root of a lot the game's humor along with serving as the main hubs for shops.

The great thing about Shovel Knight is how it really commits to the retro style. It's all pretty faithfully 8 bit in visuals, sounds, music... almost everything. It also controls like a dream. It might be intimidating at first, and you might assume it will be classically NES hard. Well, it's not too tought. Believe me, there are harder games out there. I may not be able to beat most Mega Man games, but Shovel Knight wasn't too much of a problem. The game can get tricky, even a little frustrating at times, but it keeps things interesting by constantly throwing new things at you and I never found any part of the game to seem hopeless. Whenever I had trouble with a part, I knew it was because I was doing it wrong, not necessarily because it was just incredibly tasking. The balance is great and is only further aided by the tight controls. There are also a good number of secrets for you to keep your eyes peeled for.

The presentation is wonderful. The 8 bit art style is very charming, and the setpieces are very detailed. Not to mention all the pretty colors used. The sound effects are very satisfying, from jumping, to hitting enemies, so collecting treasure. The music is amazing. Just listen to the title theme and try not to get totally pumped for this game! (SPOILER ALERT: It can't be done.) Everything just comes together in one glorious package of pure awesomeness.

Complaints? I guess I have a few, though they are very minor... but... well no game is perfect, Not even this masterpiece. For as retro as most of it is, a few things are modernized. The scrolling background and some of the colors and sound capabilities... plus a lack of slowdown... most of that might have been a bit much for an old NES game to handle. Also, there are lots of checkpoint, which isn't very classically inspired. You CAN destroy them for gold so that there aren't checkpoints but... they are there by default. There's also autosaving and achievements which can't be turned off. These things aren't bad. In fact, they are all here for a reason, but they DO break the retro style a tiny bit. That's all. Also, there's no multiplayer options. I mean, online would also be breaking the retro style, but local mutliplayer, co op, or switching off on deaths or something... that would've fit just fine. However, I assume the game would need to be made a lot differently if two players were involved in the quest, so I can't really complain for something the game didn't do and honestly didn't need to do. Perhaps in a sequel, eh? ;)

Overall, this game is great. The controls are so tight and are coupled with fun and intersting gameplay. The difficulty curves quite nicely. The presentation is incredible. Even little details are well done, giving each boss knight their own personalities rather than just having them be generic themed bosses at the end of themed levels. There's a certain cohesiveness. This game is amazing. It costs $15, and is well worth it. It's worth even $20, honestly. In fact, if this game had a physical copy, I'd be willing to pay $30 for it! It's THAT good. It's a must have, and even now is making me reconsider what my favorite game on Steam is because it's just so great. Buy it now. Don't bother to wait for a sale. The sooner you get this game and start playing, the sooner you will be happy. You're welcome.

10/10 Would shovel again.
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
This game has 1 of the best soundtracks ever.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Great throwback and homage to the old games we all grew up loving. Games like zelda, metroid, castlevania, even mario elements are present. The game has beautiful graphics, amazing RPG-like gameplay elements like magic items and armor upgrades. The action is intense and impressive for a rouge-like indie "throwback" game. If you have a 3DS or WiiU, i recommend also picking it up on them as well, as playing on the circle-pad or on the Gamepad controller feels like playing mario as a kid again.

Literally a perfect game, i have no issues with it at all and am looking forward to what the devs bring next, hopefully in the form of a Shovel Knight 2.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
One of the best games I've ever played.

A brilliant retro throwback that combines the best elements of NES-era video games into one fantastic experience. This is one of the best platformers of all time. A treat from start to finish.

Be warned however: this game will make you it's ♥♥♥♥♥ if you aren't prepared. A level of difficulty that pushes your skills but never feels too overwhelming.

I can't wait to tackle New Game+.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
One of the best 2D platformers I've ever played!

If you like retro games, platformers or shovels, you need to play this game! even if you don't... play it anyway, it's that good.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
The tight controls and unique level and boss designs make this one of the greatest platformer games ever created. I also thought the story would be extremely cheesy at first with the whole world revolving around shovels, but it's not. The characters actually talk like knights as well, which many games such as Skyrim lack. The small details and attention to every bit of the game make this a must-have for anyone who enjoys platforming games.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
Oh boy, this game. Shovel Knight is a superbly developed platformer that adds various genres from older games into the mix; You have some influence from Megaman regarding your freedom of choice in which stage you can pick first, Super Mario (for obvious reasons), a little Metroidvania in there, and some LoZ. While it may be quite a task to list which game mechanics have been inspired by specific games of the genre that I've aforementioned, I'll spare you the details and point out the good points of this phenomenal revival of the classic platformer.

-Good story, with the cliche of saving the "princess" (Shield Knight), but nevertheless a good story

-An expanse map that features the areas and territories governed by other enemy knights you have yet to face. Plus, side quests of all difficulties can be accessed, allowing for more replay value even after you beat the storyline!

-There is a Mana mechanic included, which allows you to pull off special moves during any tough situations!

-Digging and harvesting jewels is practically the backbone of this game. While this may sound like an effort, it's actually quite addicting (and easy) to rack up thousands of jewels in-game. Plus, you can reward yourself by upgrading Shovel Knight with more health and mana! However, it's just as easy to lose money as it is to gain; the difficulty of the game is reasonable, and if you're not careful, you may find yourself losing scores of that hard earned cash.

-Armor Upgrades that alter your defenses, attack capability, and general physics in platforming. Each one has its pro's and con's well balanced in such a way that no armor is "stronger" than the other.

-In addition to your Armor Upgrades, you gain access to Shovel Upgrades as well during that same point of the game. Again, each has its pro's and con's. These moves deplete your mana bar varying in strength of the attack respectively.

-Each knight that you battle is equipped with a quirky personality, generally regarding it's motif. This results in commendable characterization. And the dialogue is memorable as well.

-Amazing soundtrack that captures the moment of each stage setting.

Ultimately, this game is a must-have for all you avid old-school gamers out there. As stated before, a little bit of everything from the classics have been incorporated into this game, so it never grows stale. Would highly recommend!

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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
At the time of writing this review I don't have much time played due to not owning the game on Steam until now.

Shovel Knight brings back all those fond memories of longpast games, but still manages to be fun in it's own right. It borrows from games that came before it but never feels like a clone or a cheap copy. The pixel graphics are gorgeous. From animation to colors it all comes out looking absolutely beautiful.

This is the game most indie studios wish they could release.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
I bought this game for my steam library after beating it on my friend's Wii U. He went back to his house and took it with him so I figured I would buy it again.

As mentioned above this game is good enough for me to be completely okay with beating it and then buying it again with the intent to finish it a second time.

The gameplay is very reminiscent of your classic 2D 8-bit platformer and it gives gamers of that era a feeling of nostalgia and the art is delightful and vividly colored. The music is catchy and really incredible, again, with the 8-bit sound.

10/10 would recommend to anyone.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
What if Mega-Man, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Duck Tales had a baby that was a knight weilding a shovel?
Answer: Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight is this great retro, platformer mash-up that's fun, funny, and fantastic.

+Controls feel tight
+Good combat variety
+Enjoyable platforming
+Fun to use items
+Funny story
+Interesting (optional) side-levels/battles
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
21.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Amazing backstory, stellar ending, mastered soundtrack, and personally my favorite low budget game ever.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
15.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
If you love shovels,
and digging things up with shovels,
and hittings things with shovels,
then you should buy this.

Also the game is enjoyable.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I dig it
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
This is the best version of digman yet. Buy this game brother. ten/10
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
23.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
i belive this is a amazing game people will say its hard because they play stuff like c.o.d but its a really fun addicting 2d retro style platfromer
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Such an authentic retro experience, it feels like I should be playing it in my parents' basement!
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
This game is reealllyyy good. Not only it is good as a platformer but also as a standalone game. I feel like the difficulty is pretty balanced and hard for most of the time with some exceptions wich have either a difficulty that is way too hard for the moment of the game (Plague Knight being the prime example) or just way too easy (the entrance of the tower of fate).I really enjoyed most of the spells, but some of them, even tough they´re fun to use,they are terribly bad against 99.9 % of the enemies in the game.But that is pretty much all I disliked , the rest is pretty incredible , the level design is awesome, the bosses are fun to fight, the phisics are extremely well done and feel good, and most importantly, YOU CAN REMAP THE CONTROLS, USE A CONTROLER !!!
If you havent figured it out already, I love this game and recomend it if you like chalenge and stuff.
Play it !
(I seriously dont advise to do a no items run, it will KILL you !! Tough if you are a masochist, well give it a try ...)
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3 of 9 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
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