• Developer: Yacht Club Games
  • Publisher: Yacht Club Games
  • Release Date: December 10th
  • Platforms: PC, PS3, PSVita, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, 3DS, Wii U, Nintendo Switch
  • Price: 39.99
  • Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
  • Review Copy Provided: No

On March 12th 2013, a kickstarter trailer for a game called Shovel Knight appeared on the website. Now, after multiple delays, over the course of 6 years, that started as a dream for a couple ex – WayForward employees, is now finally fully here to play. Boasting 4 Full 2D platformer campaigns, a card game, a fighting game, as well as a myriad of cheats to keep the game fresh.

Size wise, Shovel Knight is only a tiny 297 MB, which while compared to your average AAA game, over even other indie games like Stardew Valley or Untitled Goose Game, doesn’t mean it’s a slouch by any means. The Amount of Content in Shovel Knight Treasure Trove is staggering for a game this small, with 4 main Shovel Knight Campaigns, Shovel Knight Showdown, a card game, 100+ Songs, 100+ Challenges, GenderSwap Mode, an Amiibo Campaign for Nintendo Owners, an Achievement System, and cheats galore, this game has more content than expected of most first timer games from a brand new studio.

One thing Shovel Knight Treasure Trove takes from NES games, is it’s simple yet charming story, of all 4 of its campaigns. Shovel Knight wants to save Shield Knight, Plague Knight wants to craft the ultimate potion, Specter Knight recruits the Order of No Quarter to get his life back, and King Knight wants to become the King of Cards.  

The gameplay of Shovel Knight is another thing taken from the NES days, taking inspiration from some of the great 2d platformers from the 80’s and 90’s like the Pogo Bounce from Ducktails, the 8 boss structure from Mega Man, and the world map from Super Mario Bros 3. While they may be under the same game, the 4 campaigns all play and feel distinct from each other:

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– Shovel of Hope plays it more close to the chest, the honorable knight prefers close combat mainly consisting of attacks from his trusty shovel blade. The classic campaign is where you’ll learn the basic mechanics of the series

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– Plague of Shadows has a more mobile gameplay, with the explosive anti hero preferring bombs over a close quarters weapon, allowing him more mobility like having access to a 2nd and 3rd jump.

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– Specter of Torment is all about parkour of the dead, whether it’s running up walls, grinding the rails, or slashing through obstacles or enemies to gain extra height, this campaign is all about more quicker gameplay and movement

– King of Cards tells you that sometimes the best way to solve this is through bashing and drilling, cause this King doesn’t need a weapon when his body is the perfect weapon, just getting a good run will turn this crowded child into a top, allowing you to drill into your enemies or to bounce to victory.

As well as these 4 campaigns of 2D platforming goodness, there is also Joustus, a simple to pick up and relaxing game of cards that gave me a good relaxing change of pace when playing it compared to the rest of the games. Plus Shovel Knight Showdown, Shovel Knights 4th jump into the platform fighter scene, but this time, it’s all Shovel Knight. Featuring 20 characters and 29 stages, as well as MANY different modes thanks to Chesters Choice, this game can satisfy both Casual and Competitive gamers with its customizability.

For you Nintendo Owners, there is also a bonus if you buy the Shovel Knight series Amiibo. For Shovel Knight, he gives access to the Amiibo campaign as well as the ability to get a Shovel Knight Fairy Companion. For the other 3 Knights, you get access to Special Costumes and Fairies of their own. 

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In my time of playing Shovel Knight, I’ve played it over multiple consoles and just adored playing it. It’s always such a joy to revisit this game and mess around with it in new and different ways, especially with cheat codes. My favorite cheatcodes being AYNRZQGV and WSWWAEAW, I won’t spoil them, there pretty fun. Shovel Knight is one of the best platformers of all time and it is just the start of what is to become as a series and an icon to not only indie games, but gaming as a whole.

Shovel Knight Treasure Trove gets a 10/10

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