Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight
Developer Yacht Club Games
Genre Platformer, Action
Release Date June 26, 2014
Platform(s) Wii U, 3DS, PC (via Steam)

Shovel Knight is a retro-styled action platformer developed and published by Yacht Club Games in 2014. It is inspired in part by classic NES game franchises such as Mega Man, Castlevania, DuckTales, and Super Mario Bros. 3.


Shovel Knight begins with the tale of the titular character and regales how he accomplished many great feats with his partner and love interest, the female Shield Knight, until one day, the two fell to the dark power of a cursed amulet in the Tower of Fate. Upon reawakening, Shovel Knight finds the tower sealed and Shield Knight missing. Falling into despair, our hero retires and secludes himself from the world, only for an enemy known as The Enchantress to rise in his absence, unseal the Tower of Fate, and conquer the land with her 8 knights of The Order of No Quarter. Upon hearing this, Shovel Knight takes it upon himself to journey to the tower and stop The Enchantress as well as hopefully rescue Shield Knight.

Read on for specific story details and the ending.

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Official GP Review - 9 (out of 10)

Jason reviewed the game on GP and gave it a fantastic score. He praised the game's charming plot, its boss fights, retro-inspired visuals, soundtrack, and amount of content, adding that "what makes it truly amazing is the fact that it combines the best aspects of [the classic NES games like Mega Man and Castlevania] and creates something truly special." However, he did feel that some levels went on a little longer than they probably should have.

Final Say: "Shovel Knight is a great new property by Yacht Club Games that plays like a retro game yet feels modern and fresh at the same time, and is easily one of the best games of 2014 so far."