Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

NES-inspired platformer Shovel Knight is getting a NES-inspired add-on: the three heroes from ultra-hard '90s beat 'em up series Battletoads are leaping into the game.

Rash, Zitz, and Pimple have been exclusive to Xbox One for the past two years but now you can stomp them on PC during three optional boss battles. The green amigos arrive in a free update, and players controlling Shovel Knight can find them in a secret room off the Hall of Champions (hint: go right). 

Defeat them one by one in levels that are full of homages to the Battletoads series and you'll be rewarded with some new armour and the chance to befriend the trio.

The update also allows you to bind your mouse buttons to in-game actions (I can't really imagine playing it with a mouse, but there you go), fixes some bugs and improves controller support. The full change log is here.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (the complete edition of the game) is £18.99/$24.99 on Steam, Humble Store, GOG and the Windows Store.

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Dominic Tarason)

Shovel Knight x Battle Toads

The Battletoads have escaped the confines of Microsoft’s corporate grasp and have made their way to the greater PC audience through Shovel Knight [official site] update. You can now meet, battle and befriend the burly amphibian trio in a whole new level. This was initially exclusively to Xbox then spread to the Windows 10 version, and thanks to last week’s update (full patch notes here) everyone on PC can now play it.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - Yacht Club Games


After having finally saved up enough jet fuel, the intergalactic journey of the ‘toads has brought them to Steam! After all that space travel, they’re just dying to get out and stretch their frog legs. Oh, that’s right. We’re very excited to announce that you can now brawl with the best of them! Rash, Zitz, and Pimple are all dropping in for an extra radical encounter!



Change Log
  • New: The Battletoads join the fray! While playing as Shovel Knight, kick off this very special encounter by uncovering a double secret room in the Hall of Champions.
  • New: Japanese language options added (Kanji and Kana).
  • New: During end game credits, an icon will be displayed next to stages which have successfully had all checkpoints broken.
  • New: Device detections and icons for Switch controllers (Pro Controller and Joy-Con) as well as Xbox One controllers.
  • New: Mouse buttons can now be bound to gameplay actions. LMB, RMB...you name it!
  • Fix: PS4 controller now properly displays “Share” as Select, instead of incorrectly displaying the Touchpad icon.
  • Fix: Teethalon sometimes moving slowly throughout the entire chase sequence.
  • Fix: Incorrect fullscreen monitor displaying in the Options Menu.
  • Fix: Player 2 resetting controller bindings to default would resets Player 1’s bindings as well.
  • Fix: Using the number row to change relics in co-op would change both player’s active relic.

Shovel of Hope
  • Fix: Alternating between Toad Armor and Dust Knuckles would create inconsistent punch flips.
  • Fix: Completing the game with no items collected would round up to a 1% item completion. It should now display 0%.
  • Fix: Playing certain songs at the Bard resulting in erroneous playback when transitioning indoors or underground.
  • Fix: Aerial Mobile Gear could be interrupted by Tinker wrench.
  • Fix: Initially unable to use subweapons during battle with Mr. Hat.
  • Fix: Crash would occur when changing a single Body Swap setting for a boss, failing at that boss, and then revisiting the encounter.
  • Fix: Respawn point drifting farther back during many repeated deaths at the Hall of Champions boss.
  • Fix: Bugs in certain lines of dialogue while playing and changing settings in Body Swap mode.
  • Fix: Crash when changing Body Swap settings for only a single Boss, while fighting that Boss, falling in battle, and then retrying the encounter.
  • Fix: Minor text error when changing game’s language under certain Body Swap conditions while on the Level Map.
  • Fix: Random armor cheat sometimes resulting in an unusable armor set.
  • Various improvements made to co-op play.
  • Various text fixes for Body Swap mode.
  • Various improvements made to Battletoads encounter and rewards.

Plague of Shadows
  • Fix: Rematch: Shovel Knight alchemy power meter never fully refilling.
  • Fix: Erroneous screen transition when falling into the right most pit in the final anchor room of Iron Whale.
  • Fix: Liquid Samurai could be pushed off ceilings by Vat arcana.
  • Fix: Plague being invisible and immobile when caught in a double KO with the final boss.
  • Fix: Failing to defeat Black Knight on the world map could sometimes lead to multiple encounters occupying the same space.
  • Fix: Shadow blocks being destroyed by having an orbit bomb active during the penultimate boss battle.

Specter of Torment
  • Fix: Curio Upgrade menu can now be advanced with the Start button, similar to other menus that don’t use Start for another action.
  • Fix: Using Cold Shoulder after a certain dancing scene would pause the animation (the coldest of shoulders).
  • Fix: Specific timing would enable movement while still in a nearby shop after speaking with Red.
  • Fix: Defeating Tinker Knight very, very fast with cheats resulting in unintended behavior.
  • Fix: Being killed by Propeller Knight moments before a phase change would bring Specter back with no health.
  • Fix: Reize would appear incorrectly when defeated mid-teleport.
  • Fix: Plague Knight would sometimes appear without contact damage active after a teleport.
  • Fix: Performing a unique pose in a certain armor set is now duplicated by Blood Mirror (Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!)
  • Fix: Getting hit right when beginning a rail grind would cancel out death.
  • Fix: Specter Knight losing active attack frames when releasing a charged slash at the very end of a rail.
  • Fix: Starting Black Knight, Phantom Striker, or Treasure Knight with Skeleton Sniper or active lantern flames causing erroneous behavior.
  • Fix: Luan jumps prioritized better when backtracking through a room.
    Change: Adjusted visibility of certain background tiles found in Tower and Flying Machine stages.
  • Various localization and menu prompt spacing fixes.
  • Improvements to keyboard key icons so they take up less space.

Our immense and most enthusiastic “Thank You!” to everyone at Rare, Microsoft, and Xbox for not only making this most unexpected dream mash-up a reality but for also sharing the fun with players everywhere.

We hope you all got a mighty big kick out of the update!


Shovel Knight OST has become the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Soundtrack Collection
http://store.steampowered.com/app/339330/Shovel_Knight_Original_Soundtrack/
We keep making Shovel Knight even better! New characters, campaigns, modes, and especially new music too! Today we're updating "Shovel Knight Original Soundtrack" to become "Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Soundtrack Collection". It now includes the original soundtrack for Shovel Knight, Plague of Shadows, and Specter of Torment! That's a lot of music and now you won't need to find Oolong just to hear your favorite alchemical tunes!

Introducing Shovel Knight: King of Cards

By decree, you are royally invited to the unveiling ceremony of Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove’s final adventure! Be sure to check out our Shovel Knight: King of Cards preview! We can’t wait to tell you more about it!
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

The final campaign of fab platformer Shovel Knight [official site] will arrive in 2018, developers Yacht Club Games have announced. Like the Plague of Shadows and Specter of Torment bonus campaigns before it, King of Cards stars one of the main game’s villains on an adventure of their own. This time it’s the dastardly King Knight, who’ll bouncing and bopping his way through four worlds and over thirty courses. It was previously expected some time in 2017 but now 2018 is the lucky year. (more…)

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - Yacht Club Games

Summon Thy Scythe! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is here!

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a free update to Shovel Knight! Along with this update Shovel Knight is now Shovel Knight:Treasure Trove!

What's Specter of Torment? It's the action-packed prequel to Shovel Knight! With his scythe and preternatural agility at the ready, he can glide across the ground, clamber up walls, and command an arsenal of curious weapons.

If he carries out his duties to the Enchantress, Specter Knight may have a chance at regaining his lost humanity and breaking his chains of servitude. But what cruel tricks might the Enchantress have up her sleeve?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRwP0P5j05g
Create a new profile to begin! We hope you enjoy this all-new adventure!

Features
  • Climb walls, leap over gaps, and dispatch enemies with the Dash Slash. Specter Knight’s playstyle brings motion and action to the forefront!
  • Collect and upgrade Curios to unleash all new special attacks.
  • Test your scythe skills with Feats and Challenge Stages featuring Boss rematches, platforming challenges, and more!
  • Awesome 40 song soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman!
  • A somber tale told with a light touch to narrative with humor, levity, and heart.
  • Crazy bosses and lovable characters.
  • Take on a new challenge and uncover all of the world’s secrets with New Game+!

New Modes!
Shovel of Hope Body Swap Mode: Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a guy? Well, now you can change them all around however you want, with brand new designs for all of the main characters in Shovel of Hope!
Shovel of Hope Local Co-op! – Grab a friend and play through Shovel of Hope as a fully cooperative adventure!
Sound Test! Listen to all your favorite tracks all in one place!
New Challenges! Five new Plague of Shadows challenge stages and all new Specter of Torment challenge stages!



Change Log
  • New: The "Shovel Knight" game, with all character campaigns and modes included, is now "Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove"
  • New: Specter of Torment is now available! Enjoy an entirely new prequel adventure starring the shadowy scythe spinner himself!
  • New: Specter of Torment Challenges! Clear the game as Specter Knight to unlock.
  • New: Sound Test is now available! Sound Test will be unlocked for each campaign after they have been cleared.
  • New: The original Shovel Knight campaign is now referred to as Shovel of Hope.
  • New: Body Swap Mode is now available in Shovel of Hope!
  • New: Local Co-op is now available in the Shovel of Hope campaign!
  • New: Five additional Plague of Shadows challenges have been added. Hit the books and brush up on your alchemical knowledge.
  • Subweapon Input type can now be configured based on character. For example: Shovel Knight can be set to activate Relics with Up+Attack, while Specter Knight can activate Curios on it's own button.
  • Change: Subweapon button now behaves like the Attack button when within menus.
  • Fix: Challenge clear being interrupted by goo bounce in certain challenge states
  • New cheats have been added.
  • Additional controller support.
  • Various bugfixes across the game.
  • Various localization and text improvements.
  • Various changes across the game for displaying Treasure Trove, Specter of Torment, and Shovel of Hope.
  • Change: “Saving” prompt has been reduced in size.
  • Change (Shovel/Plague): The wandering encounter Reize will no longer cross over into the second tier of stages if the game time is below 25 minutes...
Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove - Yacht Club Games


Blight the Earth! The next adventure in the Shovel Knight saga is near! Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment be arriving as a free update on April 5th! Along with this update, Shovel Knight will automatically become Shovel Knight:Treasure Trove!

What's Specter of Torment? It's the action-packed prequel to Shovel Knight! With his scythe and preternatural agility at the ready, he can glide across the ground, clamber up walls, and command an arsenal of curious weapons.

If he carries out his duties to the Enchantress, Specter Knight may have a chance at regaining his lost humanity and breaking his chains of servitude. But what cruel tricks might the Enchantress have up her sleeve?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRwP0P5j05g
  • Climb walls, leap over gaps, and dispatch enemies with the Dash Slash. Specter Knight’s playstyle brings motion and action to the forefront!
  • Collect and upgrade Curios to unleash all new special attacks.
  • Test your scythe skills with Feats and Challenge Stages featuring Boss rematches, platforming challenges, and more!
  • Awesome 40 song soundtrack by Jake “Virt” Kaufman!
  • A somber tale told with a light touch to narrative with humor, levity, and heart.
    Crazy bosses and lovable characters.
  • Take on a new challenge and uncover all of the world’s secrets with New Game+!

Also arriving in this update:

Shovel of Hope Body Swap Mode: Did you ever wish Shovel Knight was a lady, or Shield Knight was a guy? Well, now you can change them all around however you want, with brand new designs for all of the main characters in Shovel of Hope!
Shovel of Hope Co-op! – Grab a friend and play through Shovel of Hope as a fully cooperative adventure!
Sound Test! Listen to all your favorite tracks all in one place!
New Challenges! Five new Plague of Shadows challenge stages and all new Specter of Torment challenge stages!

Want to learn even more? Check out the Specter of Torment Instruction Manual

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Nice.

Specter of Torment, the next add-on coming free to cracking throwback platformer Shovel Knight [official site], should be bouncing our way in April. That’s the word from developers Yacht Club Games, who previously said more broadly that it’d arrive in spring. Like the Plague Knight expansion, Specter of Torment will bring a campaign starring another knight, this time Specter Knight with his swish wall-climbing and air-dash attacks. Here, check his moves out in this trailer from December: … [visit site to read more]

PC Gamer

Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is the latest in an ongoing series of post-launch campaigns for the very beautiful and very fun platformer. Announced last month as part of a (rather confusing) re-structure of how DLC will be doled out for the game, Yacht Club Games has announced that Specter of Torment will release in April – though it'll most likely release first for the Nintendo Switch next month.

The announcement was made on Twitter, where a nice animated .gif also featured. In case you missed the news last month, Yacht Club Games is splitting each of Shovel Knight's campaigns into standalone games, though people who already own the base will continue to get the expansions for free. Other bonuses are afoot as well, including local co-op and a local "battle mode".

PC Gamer

Some big changes are coming to NES-inspired platformer Shovel Knight, beginning with a new name, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which will contain the original Shovel Knight campaign, now known as Shovel of Hope, as well as the Plague of Shadows campaign and the upcoming Specter of Torment. To break that down a bit: Plague of Shadows was a free DLC campaign first released in September 2015, while Specter of Torment is all new.

The renaming was necessary because developer Yacht Club Games will soon offer each campaign, which were originally intended as free updates, as separate, standalone games.

"We want to keep our promise of releasing free content for all players. We also want to continue building these campaigns and features to be the best! Somewhere along the way, the game has simply gotten too big!" Yacht Club said in the Treasure Trove FAQ. "It’s difficult for many players out there to find everything or even know that these campaigns exist. We believe that providing standalone versions will provide better entry points for different types of players and allow more people to continue enjoying each adventure on their next favorite platform." 

Yacht Club also announced plans for a new, not-yet-officially-named four-player "Battle Mode" (local only, not online) and a fourth campaign for the King Knight, which it described as "a crazy campaign with the gilded goob himself." Both are expected to be ready for release later this year, and will be included with the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove.

Another bonus: local co-op, previously only available on Wii U, is coming to the PC for free, too.

All existing Shovel Knight owners will automatically be updated to the Treasure Trove edition, "and will continue to get each of the planned free campaigns and features via updates." The price of Shovel Knight will be going up sometime in the spring, but until it does, purchasing it at the current price ($15/£11/€15) will get you the Treasure Trove upgrade. If you want it, in other words, better to do it now than later. 

Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Brittany Vincent)

Everyone’s favorite game about a knight with a highly undignified weapon is getting a prequel, and how! Starring Spectre Knight as its playable character, the ‘Specter of Torment’ campaign will arrive as a free update to Shovel Knight [official site]. We’ve had a peek at his swift moves before but a new trailer shows a lot more of what we should expect when Spectre Knight leaps out in spring 2017. … [visit site to read more]

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