Yacht Club Games has been promising to dispense some shovel justice since reaching their Kickstarter goal for Shovel Knight. Being able to use your shovel as a pogo stick immediately brings up memories of DuckTales, but Shovel Knight draws from a number of classic games.
The game is unapologetically retro, featuring a HUD and 8-bit level design that’s reminiscent of many old-school NES titles. And the idea is simply to move from room to room, survive enemies with familiar patterns, jump across platforms, and reach the boss at the end. It’s a classic formula that’s time-tested.
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Shovel Knight preview: can you dig it