Game Cafe Reviews - Shovel Knight

Shovel Knight:  Available on WiiU, 3DS, and PC
version played 3DS




The Game
This game is an homage to the 8 bit era of gaming. Everything in the presentation screams it and I, for one, am thankful to Yacht Club Games for the throwback. The game itself revolves around the Shovel Knight and his quest to rid the land of evil. There are a lot of characters in this game, many of which are some form knight. This game is a platformer and as such has a lot of the platforming genre elements in it. To me one of the best things about the game is that it plays and keeps to its nostalgic 8 bit roots. Everything from the music to the button layout, to the visuals, and cheat codes will have the older gamers thinking fondly of the good ol' days. Of course right after that you will be yelling profanities at the screen being cheated out of a jump you know you cleared. Hey it happens in this game. There is a lot to love here, especially if you are a platforming enthusiast. The story isn't that bad and has comedy added in throughout.  The enemies are varied and have to be dealt with in different ways. In all honesty the game reminds me a lot of Super Mario Bros. 3, as it follows some of the same beats as that masterpiece. Especially since you gain different abilities and power ups from fallen bosses. There is one thing that I know will irritate some people and that is the difficulty. You will die and die a lot in this game. The game requires patience, as some stages have multiple paths and hidden locations that hide secrets. Sorry, but you won't be able to buy your way through this one. At least not on the version I played. Like I said earlier, this is a throwback game to the 8 bit era where your skill as a gamer was shown by how you beat the game.



For Parents
Outside of being frustrating at times, there isn't anything bad in this game. There isn't any spoken dialogue and most of the lines go way beyond cheesy. It is a download only game so you will have to purchase this one digitally.



The Verdict
This game gets a FULL PRICE. Now I will say this if you are not in to platformers you will want to stay away. This game can get very frustrating. However, if you are looking for a challenge then you will get one here.


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