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TechRaptor (Apr 07, 2017)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is everything you could want in a 2D platformer, featuring mechanics from classic games brought forward in clever ways. Specter improves upon the original Shovel Knight in most regards and continues Yacht Club Games' tradition of excellence effortlessly.
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Digital Chumps (Mar 03, 2017)
Ultimately, there is very little bad to say about SoT. It’s an excellent 2D action platformer with some good RPG elements, and its balanced difficulty lets genre hacks like me struggle through while more seasoned players can still expect a good, but not overly difficult challenge. To be honest, some of the early bosses proved harrowing for me, but I liked that I could try going after the different knights out of order, find checkpoints, and have a lot of opportunities to continue at those checkpoints, too. Much like the old games its inspired by, it’s a tough, but short, and arguably more memorable than many of those older games. Additionally, with New Game+ support for more nooks and crannies to explore, as well as Feats and Challenges, there’s a solid value here for $10. The only better value would be to get SoT via the Treasure Trove release instead.
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Darkstation (Mar 21, 2017)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is one of the best launch games the Nintendo Switch currently has to offer. As far as platformers go, the only better option would be to plop money down and get the full Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove experience, which bundles this in. Specter of Torment is such a solid feature-filled game on its own that you wouldn’t guess it was a DLC expansion. Yacht Club Games has outdone itself retooling an already excellent game with new satisfying acrobatic thrills.
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WCCFtech (Mar 22, 2017)
What Yacht Club Games managed to achieve with Shovel Knight was extremely impressive, and they’ve continued their streak with Spectre of Torment. This latest expansion has overshadowed Shovel of Hope as being the best Shovel Knight game. Spectre of Torment demonstrations that with time, Yacht Club Games can create an expansion that outclasses Plague of Shadows with ease. Featuring a remixed soundtrack, a new look to each level and the coolest character in the Shovel Knight series, Spectre of Torment is better than I could’ve ever imagined. Considering what is available on the Switch right now, there is absolutely no reason for you not to own this game.
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Nintendo-Online.de (Mar 03, 2017)
Auch die dritte Kampagne „Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment“ ist ein Fest für Genre-Fans. Dabei werden die besten Elemente aus den bisherigen Abenteuer genommen, und mit den einzigartigen Fähigkeiten von Specter Knight verknüpft, sodass man jede Sekunde des Titels genießt. Es ist beeindruckend, dass das Team erneut so viel aus dem Titel herausholen kann, damit sich die Spielzeit frisch anfühlt und man nie das Gefühl hat ein bekanntes Level zu spielen. „Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment“ ist ein Pflicht-Titel für alle Plattformer-Fans, egal ob als einzelner Titel oder als Teil von „Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove“.
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GameSpew (Mar 10, 2017)
Put simply, Specter of Torment is absolutely brilliant. It’s a slice of classic platforming action that puts a smile on your face from beginning to end thanks to its engaging gameplay and pleasant presentation. If you’ve bought a Nintendo Switch and fancy a tighter, more immediate experience than the sprawling Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Specter of Torment is the game you need.
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Nintendo Life (Mar 04, 2017)
Specter of Torment is the latest in a fantastic series of games; it further cements Yacht Club Games's reputation as a developer capable of crafting experiences that are not only on par with, but often surpass the efforts of some of the largest studios in the world.
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NintendoWorldReport (Mar 04, 2017)
You’ll be doing things in Specter of Torment that literally make you say “wow” out loud. It’s a smooth, expertly-crafted platformer filled with heart. Again, it’s a free update to your Wii U and 3DS versions so there’s no reason not to play it. For Switch users, it’s absolutely worth experiencing, as is the rest of the Treasure Trove.
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Cubed3 (Mar 07, 2017)
Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is exceptional. It's always incredible to see what new ways Yacht Club Games is able to reimagine the same universe, and without fail, it does it in a way that makes the experience feel completely fresh. While the setting may be similar, Specter of Torment is so completely unlike the previous two games, both in setting and gameplay. Everything about it is absolutely addictive and impossible to put down, making it a perfect launch title for the Nintendo Switch.
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GamingTrend (Mar, 2017)
Specter of Torment puts cool new twists on Shovel Knight’s action platformer gameplay and has a fascinating story to boot. It’s challenging but very fair, and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire game. Those who already have Shovel Knight should look forward to this excellent free expansion, and those who don’t have the base game needn’t think twice about spending $9.99 for this masterfully crafted experience.
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XGN (Mar 25, 2017)
Bijna alles is tot in de puntjes uitgewerkt, op enkele elementen na die de pret niet mogen drukken. Zo voelt de game wat kort, maar het is tenslotte eigenlijk een uitbreiding. En dat zorgt ervoor dat ja na dit avontuur naar meer snakt!
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Switch Player (Mar 20, 2017)
The Specter of Torment expansion really added to the game series with a better story and more fluid gameplay. Its not particularly long, but the fun, challenging, old-school platforming makes this a game worth playing.

I would recommend buying the Treasure Trove edition with the original game and the two expansions and playing them in the order of release. It's a great package and Specter of Torment is the strongest of the set.
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God is a Geek (Mar 03, 2017)
More of what Shovel Knight fans love, and a superb entry point for people new to the series, Spectre of Torment is a great take on modernised nostalgia.
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Shacknews (Mar 10, 2017)
For those who yearn for the days of platforming yore, Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a dream come true. Some will be turned off by its lack of scope, especially when it seems like every major title that comes out is filled with lore and unbound exploration. However, sometimes it's just great to spend some time with a game that just has tight, precise gameplay that doesn't require you to deal with endless mechanics and crafting to get enjoyment. Specter of Torment is that game, a modernized version of the platforming games that we loved and loved to hate from childhood.
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Metro.co.uk (Mar 13, 2017)
Another excellent expansion for the indie classic, and arguably the equal of the original in terms of retro thrills and 8-bit mentality.
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USgamer (Mar 23, 2017)
All told, when compared to Shovel Knight, Specter of Torment feels a bit on the short side. Despite that, it's still a great 2D platformer and one that every current Switch owner should be picking up. Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment is a tightly-tuned precise platformer, just like its predecessors. On its own, it's well worth the asking price and in the Treasure Trove bundle, you're getting three of finest 2D platformers in recent memory.
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Game Revolution (Mar 03, 2017)
As a timed Switch exclusive on a console with what is currently a modest number of games, there’s little reason not to play Specter of Torment unless you’re revisiting Shovel Knight proper via Treasure Trove first (which includes them all). My recommendation? Go for that.
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GameSpot (Mar 16, 2017)
Specter of Torment is a focussed, polished, and satisfyingly challenging game that's well worth experiencing whether or not you've had the pleasure of playing Shovel Knight.
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Jeuxvideo.com (Mar 24, 2017)
Specter of Torment continue ce qu’avait entrepris Shovel Knight : un jeu fort bien construit au gameplay fun et agréable, avec une difficulté parfaitement dosée pour offrir du challenge sans frustrer le joueur. Avec un contenu plus complet qu’il n’y paraît au premier abord, il dispose de tout le nécessaire pour satisfaire votre besoin d’action-plateforme. Gratuit si vous avez Shovel Knight, pas cher en stand-alone, que dire de plus pour vous convaincre de son intérêt ?
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Slant (Mar 17, 2017)
While Specter of Torment keeps an eye glued to the past so much that it still resembles the video-game equivalent of a very good cover band, its superior kineticism also shows that Shovel Knight was an amateur’s first stab toward something a little greater.
 
FOK!games (Mar 27, 2017)
De game is prima te spelen met de standaard controllers, maar maakt helaas geen gebruik van de speciale mogelijkheden van de Switch (op de Amiibo na dan). Als je je een beetje boos maakt en niet al te veel zoekt naar de geheimen die de levels met zich meebrengen, dan speel je het binnen een uurtje of vier uit. Hoewel het een prima game is en een waardige opvolger van Shovel Knight, is het geen system seller die je nu moet spelen.