Family Video Gaming Recommends: Shovel Knight

Gloriously Frustrating.

I can't think of a better why to describe Yacht Club Game's 2D sidescroller, a love-letter to 8-bit gaming. In Shovel Knight you are, of course, a knight with a shovel, on a mission to defeat an enchantress and reunite with your lost love. The game plays out the you both expect and want it to, with great platforming levels, hidden treasures, ridiculous enemies, tons of risk and reward, and failure. Lots and lots of failure.

What makes Shovel Knight great, is its balance. It isn't difficult because old-school gamesin the way that old-school games used to be difficult. You will attempt the same section over and over, getting closer each time, only to fail again...and when you finally clear, the feeling of accomplishment is well worth the time and frustration.
used to be difficult. It's difficult

The game oozes nostalgia, from the villagers and villages, to the fonts, bosses, and the glorious 8-bit music. Yet for all it's throw-back glory, it still feels fresh, and the game play is extremely smooth.

The game is available now for the WiiU, 3DS and Steam. Coming soon to the Xbox One and PS4.

Fact Sheet:
  • Developer: Yacht Club Games; Based in Valencia, California
  • Release Date: June 26th, 2014 (Windows/Steam/3DS/Wii U), OSX (9/12/14), Linux (10/9/14), PS3-PS4-Vita (4/21/15), Xbox One TBD
  • DLC Content: free updates (date TBD): battle mode, challenge mode, gender swap, and playable bosses
  • Platform Pages: Steam, Steam Greenlight, Wii U, 3DS
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  • Price: USD 14.99
  • Availability: Digital Download on Wii U/3Ds eShop, Humble Store, Steam,
  • ESRB: E for everyone.