Shovel Knight Review

Shovel Knight Review

The tale begins with Shovel Knight returning from a time of isolation in the farmlands he once journeyed with a female companion named Shield Knight, until disaster at a fortress known as the Tower of Fate caused a cursed amulet to make her disappear, ”Ohhhh Noooo”.

Not just vanish like a magic trick. Mind you what actually happened is never outright explained, but it does do a good job of setting the stage for the game’s simple retro experience. The event has caused Shovel Knight to retreat from the spotlight until the evil Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter took over the land.

Now he must stop that team of villains. It’s not a high-concept premise, but it’s all Shovel Knight needs to put you right down into the action. Countless games have attempted to exploit our nostalgia for the 8 and 16-bit golden age, but none have cherry picked the era’s best attributes as judiciously as Shovel Knight. It’s the stuff our childhood dreams were made of, assuming you dreamt of combining your favorite platformers from the ’80s and early ’90s into a single, streamlined package – this game certainly does this straight from the moment the music kicks in.



The music on this game is so good it has had me tapping my feet while I was slapping a few mobs and beating the living life out of a dragon which was trying to sleep. All of this game is magical! Yes I understand that I am 30 years plus, but when you get to my age you don’t take anything for granted – games back in the day were all like this and I loved every minute of this game, it sparked off a few memories of games from the early 80’s.

Every level is completely different from the last, with new traps like falling chandeliers and spurts of lava being regularly introduced. It’s a fun way to drive you to play “just one more level,” to see and conquer the new features of each one. They’re each themed on a member of the Order of No Quarter, a board of knights with varying elemental abilities.


This variety carries over into the end of level bosses themselves. Each stage is capped with a battle against one of the Order’s knights, whose personality matches his home level. Just as you’re driven to see what each level offers it’s a thrill seeing a new knight in battle.

This game from start to finish will have you praying you can get all the achievements and will have you playing it over and over again.

The cost of this game is £11.99 on the Xbox Store. I think personally this may be a bit of a high price for the game, but other than that the guys at Yacht Club Games have done a spankingly good job with this game.


  • 9/10
    Gameplay - 9/10
  • 10/10
    Sound - 10/10
  • 7/10
    Graphics - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Longevity - 7/10
  • 6/10
    Value - 6/10


This game is so much fun i really cant wait to play it again and again i really think the price of the game might be over priced again but on a serious note kinda is worth it…check it out guys it really is a enjoyable play.

Colin Cashin

i am 37 years young with one wife one daughter and one Xbox one console living the dream.

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