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In ancient medieval times, the land belonged to lords and heroes. In that day there was many a mighty warrior, but undoubtedly, the mightiest of all heroes were Shovel Knight and Shield Knight. Together, they made an unstoppable force of justice and shovelry ... but their journeys together came to a close when tragedy struck the duo in the Tower of Fate. Assaulted by foes, Shovel Knight fell in combat, and when he awoke, Shield Knight was gone. His spirit and will to adventure shattered by the death of his companion, he retreated to live a quiet life of solitude, until he heard word that the Tower of Fate had come to be occupied by an evil sorcerer known only as The Enchantress. With the land besieged by her agents, Shovel Knight hears the call to action and takes up arms once again to defend the land, and return to the place where his friend was felled ...

Shovel Knight is an action platformer. You play as the titular character, a legendary hero who firmly believes in the code of shovelry: "Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!" It reminds of games such as Mega Man or the older Castlevania games, as it blends combat and platforming together in a similar way. The way the knight attacks with his shovel pointing down is similar to Disney's DuckTales.

In Shovel Knight gold can be found everywhere in the game, and the player will need to pay it in spades in order to buy a multitude of items, including Relics, which can be used to aid in both combat and navigation for the fee of magic points; upgrades to one's maximum health points or magic points; and different sets of armor, each with their own effects. The player may choose to destroy checkpoints for a bonus in gold.


Shovel Knight Windows I am no slayer. I am a SAVIOR, like any true hero should be.
Shovel Knight Windows Speaking of friends, this really is a cool adventure to bring a buddy on. Just take the lead, so he's the one stuck behind smelling your butt.
Shovel Knight Windows Victory!
Shovel Knight Windows Spikes

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Alternate Titles

  • "Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope" -- Alternate U.S. title, now that expanded game has new title.
  • "ショベルナイト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Let's get shoveling... down to the NES era Windows Katakis | カタキス (39535)

Critic Reviews

Video Chums PlayStation 4 Apr 24, 2015 9.2 out of 10 92
Anime News Network Wii U Jun 27, 2014 A- 91 Windows Jul 02, 2014 18 out of 20 90 Wii U Jul 18, 2014 9 out of 10 90
Digitally Downloaded Windows Jun 30, 2014 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Nintendo 3DS Jul 18, 2014 9 out of 10 90
FNintendo Wii U Dec 08, 2014 9 out of 10 90 Nintendo 3DS Nov 11, 2014 83 out of 100 83 Windows Jul 01, 2014 83 out of 100 83
Common Sense Media Wii U 2014 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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