Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scrolling platform game developed and published by Yacht Club Games. Following a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, the game was released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in June 2014. The game was ported to OS X and Linux in September 2014, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita and Xbox One in April 2015, Amazon Fire TV in September 2015, and Nintendo Switch in March 2017. Shovel Knight is inspired by gameplay and graphics of platformer games developed for the Nintendo Entertainment System.
The game has received critical acclaim, won various awards and is considered one of the best games of 2014. Following the release of additional campaigns, the original story received the retronym Shovel of Hope. The full game (released in December 2019) is referred to as Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, which includes three other campaigns: Plague of Shadows, Specter of Torment, and King of Cards, along with a multiplayer fighting game, Shovel Knight Showdown. On August 28, 2019, a spin-off sequel to the original game entitled Shovel Knight: Dig was announced, which will be developed by British company Nitrome. On February 27, 2020, another spinoff, named Shovel Knight: Pocket Dungeon was revealed.
Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scrolling platformer with an 8-bit graphical style in which players control the eponymous protagonist as he collects treasure and fights against the Order of No Quarter. Shovel Knight's primary means of attack is his shovel, which he can either use to attack enemies head-on and dig up treasure, or aim below him while jumping to bounce on enemies, similar to the pogo jump from DuckTales or the downward thrust from Zelda II: The Adventure of Link. By finding a salesman named Chester hidden in most levels, the player can purchase secondary items known as relics that can be used with a limited supply of magic. These include long-range projectiles, gloves that can punch through dirt blocks, and a locket that makes the player invincible for a brief period.
Screenshots from the game Shovel Knight
System requirements Shovel Knight for Mac Os:
- OS X 10.6 or later
- Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 ghz
- 2 GB RAM
- 250 MB hard drive