When I heard that an indie game called Shovel Knight was coming to Nintendo platforms, I was kind of skeptical at first. When I hear the word “shovel”, all I can think of his shovel-ware. Which Is something that the Wii U and 3DS did not need more of. But once I found out that this title would be a 2-d side-scrolling game that featured 8-bit graphics, I was giddy with excitement.As a big fan of games like Mega Man and Duck Tales, I was curious to see how this game would tie in the similarities. I’m happy to say that Shovel Knight draws influence from other “retro” games but still manages to have It’s own identity
So In Shovel Knight, you play as… you guessed It, a Knight with a deadly shovel. You use this sharpened tool to dig up treasures, bounce off enemies noggins, and to destroy whatever gets In your way. You will trek through various “stages” to eventually reach boss fights at the end. You will be facing off against terrifying foes like Propeller Knight, Polar Knight and even King Knight.
The game play is as rewarding as It is difficult, But don’t let that stop you from playing this indie hit. The game can get hard from time to time, and you will die a few times from annoying enemies that push you into deathly pits, but It’s fair. The game won’t punish you greatly for dying and when you die, It’s nobodies fault but yourself. Along your journey, you can use treasure you find to purchase health and attack upgrades. You can even purchase alternate attacks for your knight. Like a fire-rod from Zelda, or a hammer Ala Castlevania.
The chip-tune soundtrack of the game Is also something to drool over. I found myself tapping along to the catchy tunes of each boss area, without even thinking, The soundtrack was composed by Jake Kaufman, with two song contributions by the one and only Manami Matsumae, who happens to be the composer of Mega Man.
With It’s 15$ price tag on the Eshop and on PC, I can recommend this game to any retro 2D video game lover out there. If you like Mega Man, DuckTales or the old Castlevania games; you will surely be liking this one.
With free updates coming throughout the year, adding more playable characters/campaigns, and a 4-player multiplayer mode, there’s no reason to not dive in to Shovel Knight; so far one of the best games to be released In 2014.
Reviewed By: Greysun Morales
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