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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 Jump on shovel
Shovel Knight Windows Gotta show your pal who's NUMBER ONE!
Shovel Knight Windows That's usual procedure with most people... They're all TALK, but very little ACTION...
Shovel Knight Windows My favorite thing when playing co-op - bouncing of my partner's head. It's just so satisfying.

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Shovel Knight Screenshot
Shovel Knight Screenshot
Shovel Knight Screenshot


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 (43094)

Critic Reviews

Garage Band Gamers PlayStation 4 Apr 24, 2015 10 out of 10 100
Gaming Age Nintendo 3DS Jun 26, 2014 A+ 100
GamesReviews Wii U Jul 04, 2014 10 out of 10 100
Gamegravy Wii U Jun 26, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
RETRONUKE Windows Jul 31, 2014 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Chums PlayStation 4 Apr 24, 2015 9.2 out of 10 92
4Players.de Nintendo 3DS Nov 11, 2014 83 out of 100 83
4Players.de Wii U Nov 11, 2014 83 out of 100 83
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Wii U Jul 03, 2014 8 out of 10 80
Sharkberg Wii U Jun 30, 2015 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80


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