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 (4,293 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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January 27

Version 1.2.3B - Minor Controller Fixes

A tiny update today which address two input issues:

Fix: Unable to enter bindings menu with a controller while another device is detected as disconnected in slot zero. Pretty common with Bluetooth devices.
Fix: Mac bindings for Retrobit NES USB adapter didn't include bindings for the dpad.

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January 9

Version 1.2.3A - More Technical Fixes

A new technical fix update is here. I hope your new year is off to a pleasant start!

•Fix: “shaking” movement on map which could occur when playing with VSync disabled.
•Fix: Defeating a wandering encounter while on the sides of the screen could result in a bugged cinematic with the player running endlessly off screen. That’s ice cold, SK. At least stick around long enough to their departing dialogue!
•Fix: German typo in opening text.
•Linux: Improved audio configuration. For more check out Linux Audio Troubleshooting Thread
•Additional controller support. Thank you for continuing to submit your devices!
•Controller bindings made from within Steam (Big Picture, etc) are no longer overridden by bindings within the game’s controller database.
•Fix: Crash when a large number of controllers are connected.

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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
36 of 41 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
25.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Shovel Knight is one of those games that you instantly fall in love with. It borrows from all the best games (Zelda 2, Megaman, Mario 3, Ducktales and Castlevania) while retaining a style and humor all its own. It has incredible platforming, a lot of items, but the thing I loved the most was the design of each one of the characters from The Order of no Quarter. WOW! The environments and characters have so much detail and personality to them, it's surprising to see that level of detail in an NES 8-bit style game. Yacht Club did such an amazing job with this game. It gives the nostalgia off the NES and it does it by it's classic-style game play. If you like Mega-Man, Link's Adventure, and other 8-bit adventures, then this is for you.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
9.1 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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25 of 29 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people 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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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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17 of 23 people (74%) 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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