With the PS Vita version of Shovel Knight up for pre-order, and with physical copies of the Wii U version becoming harder to find at retail, I’m surprised that the game is even on sale for less than £15.
A classic platformer that rekindles memories of Duck Tales on Nintendo’s NES, some have argued however that the game appears a bit too “retro” for their liking. But with Shovel Knight‘s graphical simplicity having been deliberately engineered, this has done little to stop critics from falling over themselves in appraising the game – with Polygon scoring Shovel Knight 9/10 and arguing that “There is a reason we can all remember so much from games that are almost 30 years old, and Shovel Knight has tapped into that reason in a profound way. We don’t love the brands of our youth; we love the characters, the settings, the way actually playing those games made us feel. Shovel Knight doesn’t settle for acknowledging those aspects; it includes them around every single corner. Shovel Knight is so much more than a love letter to the genre — it is, in fact, the kind of game people write love letters about“.