Dig yourself a hole with Shovel Knight


Just when you thought it was safe to delve back into the ID@Xbox program. I’m back, this time looking at Yacht Club Games’ retro-looking Shovel Knight.

Think of a cross between Ghosts ‘n’ Goblins, Rick Dangerous and the playability of Chuckie Egg and you won’t be far from the mark. Shovel Knight takes the playability level and wraps a shovel around the back of it’s head for good measure. Take on huge bosses, jump, climb, fight. Listen to the infectious in-game music and laugh whole-heartedly at the humour and levity, lest Shovel Knight comes after you.

This appeals greatly to my gaming instincts and if you’re not convinced then take a look at the trailer, turn your gaming instincts on, fetch your man-at-arms and have your seconds deliver a challenge. I’ll be happy to prove the folly of your ways upon the tourney field, knave.

Now, as if that wasn’t reason enough, Yacht Club Games have announced an appearance by some special guests. Have a look at the snippet below and see if you can guess who. The rumour is, this might not be their only appearance in a game in the near future.