Shovel Knight

Developer: Yacht Club Games
Publisher: Yacht Club Games
Release Date: June 26, 2014
Genre: Indie, Platformer
MSRP: $14.99
Platform: PC, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U

And they said shovelry was dead

In the days of micro-transactions, subscription paywalls, next-gen consoles and over-performing PC’s, it’s great to behold a game that opens a magic door to our youth while shrugging off high-def graphics for some old-fashioned dash-and-slash platforming fun.

That’s exactly what Shovel Knight does, and it does so with effortless grace.

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Shovel Knight is a love letter to old-school gaming, and resonates with classic sentiments found in beloved platformer greats like Mega Man, Castlevania, The Legend of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and Duck Tales.Yacht Club Games takes players on a timeless journey back in time to the glory days of childhood gaming: brightly-lit backdrops, bit-style graphics, big boss battles and tediously timed jumps — all of which culminate in a grand adventure to the heart of nostalgia itself.

The game pulls you in and never lets go, and players find themselves whisked away to a world of infinite charm and splendor — one that brings back a host of memories in its wake. But it’s not only wistfulness that keeps us within the colorful dungeons of the game.

The mechanics, which resemble a cherry-picked selection of all the best elements from a whole generation of platformers, are extremely absorbing and easily shine as bright as those decades-old classics.