History VideoGame / ShovelKnight

1st Jan '18 5:24:26 PM qpa
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''Shovel Knight'' is a 2D PlatformGame by Yacht Club Games, an Indie developer consisting of former employees of Creator/WayForwardTechnologies. Featuring a {{Retraux}} 8-bit graphical style and inspired by the likes of ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', ''Shovel Knight'' is a game that seeks to pay homage to [[UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames the 8-bit era]], while also...ahem, [[ObligatoryJoke digging]] out its own place in the VideoGame landscape.

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''Shovel Knight'' is a 2D PlatformGame by Yacht Club Games, an Indie developer consisting of former employees of Creator/WayForwardTechnologies. Featuring a {{Retraux}} 8-bit graphical style and inspired by the likes of ''Franchise/MegaMan'', ''VideoGame/DuckTales'', ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'', and ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', ''Shovel Knight'' is a game that seeks to pay homage to [[UsefulNotes/The8bitEraOfConsoleVideoGames the 8-bit era]], while also...ahem, [[ObligatoryJoke digging]] out its own place in the VideoGame landscape.



* CreatorCameo: The Bard is quite obviously the game's composer, Jake Kaufman, in a suit of armor.

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* CreatorCameo: The Bard is quite obviously the game's composer, Jake Kaufman, Creator/JakeKaufman, in a suit of armor.



* MusicalNod: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdVfnKCYdJ8 Lost City's theme]] contains a brief snippet of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71lLnE8gJnU Dance Through The Danger]]" from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}: Half-Genie Hero.'' Both games' soundtracks are composed by Jake Kaufman.

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* MusicalNod: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdVfnKCYdJ8 Lost City's theme]] contains a brief snippet of "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71lLnE8gJnU Dance Through The Danger]]" from ''{{VideoGame/Shantae}}: Half-Genie Hero.'' Both games' soundtracks are composed by Jake Kaufman.Creator/JakeKaufman.
17th Nov '17 6:44:12 PM AnotherGamer
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** Specter Knight gets the Ghostly Garb instead of a gold outfit, but the effect is the same just replace being shiny with being scary/cool: he skates along the ground instead of running, he has SpeedEchoes when moving and his Dashing Slash makes him disappear briefly.

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** Specter Knight gets the Ghostly Garb instead of a gold outfit, but the effect is the same same, just replace being shiny with being scary/cool: he skates along the ground instead of running, he has SpeedEchoes when moving and his Dashing Slash makes him disappear briefly.
17th Nov '17 5:02:12 PM EdwardGil
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* GuestFighter: [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Kratos]] is a boss in the [=PlayStation=] ports of the game while the Battletoads will be in the Xbox One version.

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* GuestFighter: [[VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries Kratos]] is a boss in the [=PlayStation=] ports of the game while the Battletoads will be in the Xbox One version.and Steam versions.
15th Nov '17 3:11:03 PM Etheru
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* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: [[DownplayedTrope A rather mild case]], although Yacht Club [[https://twitter.com/YachtClubGames/status/928085617254178816 made fun]] of the fact their game contains upwards of at least 32 named characters by the time ''Specter of Torment'' came out.



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15th Oct '17 8:55:20 PM TheTropper
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6th Oct '17 12:49:47 AM jormis29
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* {{Cameo}}: Shovel Knight has made numerous cameos in a wide variety of indie games including the UsefulNotes/WiiU exclusive ''VideoGame/{{Armillo}}'' (which released around the same time as Shovel Knight), ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt 2;; (via Amiibo), ''VideoGame/RoadRedemption'', ''VideoGame/{{Indivisible}}'', and ''VideoGame/YookaLayle''.

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* {{Cameo}}: Shovel Knight has made numerous cameos in a wide variety of indie games including the UsefulNotes/WiiU exclusive ''VideoGame/{{Armillo}}'' (which released around the same time as Shovel Knight), ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt 2;; 2'' (via Amiibo), ''VideoGame/RoadRedemption'', ''VideoGame/{{Indivisible}}'', and ''VideoGame/YookaLayle''.''VideoGame/YookaLaylee''.
6th Oct '17 12:49:09 AM jormis29
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* {{Cameo}}: Shovel Knight has made numerous cameos in a wide variety of indie games including the UsefulNotes/WiiU exclusive Armillo (which released around the same time as Shovel Knight), Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 (via Amiibo), Road Redemption, Indivisible, and Yooka-Layle.

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* {{Cameo}}: Shovel Knight has made numerous cameos in a wide variety of indie games including the UsefulNotes/WiiU exclusive Armillo ''VideoGame/{{Armillo}}'' (which released around the same time as Shovel Knight), Azure Striker Gunvolt 2 ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt 2;; (via Amiibo), Road Redemption, Indivisible, ''VideoGame/RoadRedemption'', ''VideoGame/{{Indivisible}}'', and Yooka-Layle.''VideoGame/YookaLayle''.
30th Sep '17 2:50:50 PM Etheru
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** Luan, Donovan's partner who is only shown in flashbacks, doesn't appear in the main campaign to raid the Tower of Fate. With this in mind, it's clear he won't leave the tower alive.

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** Luan, Donovan's partner who is only shown in flashbacks, flashbacks in the first raid of the Tower of Fate, and doesn't appear in the main campaign to raid the Tower of Fate.campaign. With this in mind, it's clear he won't leave the tower alive.
27th Sep '17 11:48:01 PM Etheru
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* DenserAndWackier: Appears to take the silliness already inherent in ''Shovel Knight'' and runs with it, resulting in new gameplay elements such as Iron Sumos, the Propellor Rats lifting King Knight out of levels, and King Pridemoor getting into armor to ''throw down'' with King Knight.

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* DenserAndWackier: Appears to take The campaign takes the silliness already inherent in ''Shovel Knight'' and runs with it, resulting in new gameplay elements such as Iron Sumos, the Propellor Rats lifting King Knight out of levels, and King Pridemoor getting into armor to ''throw down'' with King Knight.
27th Sep '17 11:47:17 PM Etheru
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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Shovel Knight and Plague Knight have a goal involving someone they loved, Specter Knight's goals involve escaping the Enchantress's employ, making him much more selfish, impulsive, and cynical, but not incapable of altruistic acts, in spite of starting as a petty thief. [[spoiler: Averted in the end when he remembered the promise he made to protect Reize.]] His gameplay also has a great emphasis on movement and speed, with his movement options not as limited as Shovel Knight's, but he isn't as powerful at traversing terrain as Plague Knight is with his bomb jumps.

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* ContrastingSequelMainCharacter: Whereas Shovel Knight and Plague Knight have a goal involving someone they loved, Specter Knight's goals involve escaping the Enchantress's employ, making him much more selfish, impulsive, and cynical, but not incapable of altruistic acts, in spite of starting as a petty thief.an adventurer like Shovel Knight himself. [[spoiler: Averted in the end when he remembered the promise he made to protect Reize.]] His gameplay also has a great emphasis on movement and speed, with his movement options not as limited as Shovel Knight's, but he isn't as powerful at traversing terrain as Plague Knight is with his bomb jumps.



* DoomedByCanon: Specter Knight himself. His main goal is to just recruit the Order, and then leave to attend to his own devices, but since he's one of the first three bosses you fight in both ''Shovel of Hope'' and ''Plague of Shadows'', it's clear that the campaign will end in failure.

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* DoomedByCanon: DoomedByCanon:
** Donovan, aka
Specter Knight himself. His main goal is to just recruit Knight, will be stuck with the Order, and then leave to attend to his own devices, but since he's one Order up until at least the end of the first three bosses you fight main game, which means his goal to be free is doomed from the start.
** Luan, Donovan's partner who is only shown
in both ''Shovel flashbacks, doesn't appear in the main campaign to raid the Tower of Hope'' and ''Plague of Shadows'', Fate. With this in mind, it's clear that he won't leave the campaign will end in failure.tower alive.


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* DenserAndWackier: Appears to take the silliness already inherent in ''Shovel Knight'' and runs with it, resulting in new gameplay elements such as Iron Sumos, the Propellor Rats lifting King Knight out of levels, and King Pridemoor getting into armor to ''throw down'' with King Knight.
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