Steel Thy Shovel

By Salvador Gomez

Steel Thy Shovel

Dig into a new side scrolling adventure, as Shovel Knight travels the land and takes down the Order of No Quarter on a quest to defeat the Enchantress and save his loved one, Shield Knight.

Shovel Knight is a new game made with the latest technology, but looks like it was made in the 1990’s. Esai Morales, a freshman in Health, Science, and Environment small school said, “I think the graphics work best with this game. I love the music, and the gameplay is awesome and precise, so you feel like every mistake is your fault.” According to the Nintendo eShop, the 8-bit graphics make this game look like a true classic, as well as its flawless gameplay, incredible music, memorable characters and creative stage designs. This game makes people feel that their death in the game is their fault, not the game’s fault.

“ I love this game, because it reminds me of retro games, especially of Duck Tales,” said Morales. The game is inspired by classic games such as Mega Man, Duck Tales, Super Mario Bros. 3, and The Legend of Zelda 2: The Adventures of Link. Similar to the classic games, Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scroller that has a balanced difficulty, depending on the player’s playing skill. There are many check points in every stage that can help casual players pass the game, expert players can destroy check points in exchange for gold, but if the player dies he or she must begin from the beginning or from a previous checkpoint.

Aside from the stages, there are different towns that players can visit to acquire magic, health, armor and shovel upgrades in order to buff up Shovel Knight for the upcoming challenges. The villages are filled with many characters including Croaker the frog, Bard the musician, and the Troupple King. Morales said, “The game is a medium or hard difficulty depending on the player’s skills, because players can destroy a check point in exchange for gold, but once the player destroys it; if they die they must start the stage from the last check point or the beginning, it is a factor of risk vs. reward which expert player might most likely take.” Shovel Knight is a great game that anyone can pick up and enjoy.

Luis Rodriquez, a freshman from Justice & Law said, “I like how the game has different items that let you do many different things, every time I search a stage and find a new relic I feel accomplished.” Shovel Knight is a game that rewards players for exploration. Every once in a while, the player may encounter weird looking walls or branching paths, with a swing of the shovel the player can unveil many secret areas that reward them with gold or relics. Relics are mythical objects that allow Shovel Knight to shoot fireballs, become invincible, throw anchors, and go fishing and much more. Shovel Knight has many secrets to uncover and collectables that add more replay value to the game.

Shovel Knight is an amazing new classic that has smooth gameplay, memorable stages, awesome music, exploration, and is packed with fun. The game is currently available on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and on Steam for just $14.99. Shovel Knight deserves a 4.9 out of 5.

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