The team over at Yacht Club games must be dancing in there office chairs over the success of Shovel Knight, since its release on steam on June 26th 2014 (and they should be!). This nostalgic action adventure game has the look and feel of the Mega Man series and introduces a hero with an unusual, yet versatile weapon….the shovel? This weapon not only allows you to attack enemies in various ways, but can also be used to dig, and help you perform a double jump like maneuver by bouncing off objects and enemies. Throughout the game you can collect a ton of different weapons, armor, relics, and magical abilities to help you shovel your way though hordes of baddies. The levels are beautifully detailed with a handcrafted modern 8 bit style, vibrant backgrounds, and animations. Stage selection is an homage to Super Mario Bros 3, where you can move along a gigantic world map and select the area you’d like to tackle next.
- Gameplay - 9.5/109.5/10
- Controls - 9.5/109.5/10
- Music - 9.5/109.5/10
- Fun Factor - 9.5/109.5/10
[…] Shovel Knight brings back that classic gameplay, running, jumping and pummeling enemies in ways that give the Blue Bomber a run for his money. I’m pretty sure we’ve seen that Drop Spark before, and the full-health requirement reminds me of another classic NES title, something about the legend of a narcoleptic princess and the adventures of her orphaned, speech-impaired friend. Now if only we could get Shovel Knight in a Brawl title to see what he could really do. […]