Awesome: Shovel Knight

In-Game Moments

  • The final boss has Shield Knight fight alongside Shovel Knight once more.
    • The dialogue before the fight is great
      Shield Knight: When the amulet shattered, the magic within it was released! It's already gathering. It will escape and wreak havoc on everything...
      Shovel Knight: Unless we stop it.
      Shield Knight: Unless we stop it! We can destroy it for good, here and now!
      Shovel Knight: But we're both weak from battle!
      Shield Knight: I've never been more ready. Come on, Shovel Knight, let's fight together, like old times. Now... stay close to me!
  • The duels with Black Knight are all awesome, but Yacht Club Games saved the best one for last. Black Knight, now revealed to be good, is forced by The Enchantress to fight via mind control. Eventually, Black Knight begins to sprout wings and rain meteors down on Shovel Knight. It's an exhilarating, amazingly epic conclusion to the rival fights.
  • Every boss fight is pretty awesome, but special mention goes to Tinker Knight's fight. It starts off very simple and embarrassingly easy. Then, after you completely deplete his health, the floor collapses and tiny little Tinker Knight leaps into a Humongous Mecha!
  • Shield Knight surviving her You Shall Not Pass moment in the end. Also, she didn't need Shovel Knight to catch her. It's appreciated, but she can take a fall. She's not the Damsel in Distress, they're partners.
  • Fighting Shovel Knight as a boss in Plague of Shadows. He uses his relics against you (Flare Wand, Throwing Anchor, War Horn, Phase Locket, Chaos Spheres) and even recovers his health with an Ichor of Renewal. The fight is every bit as awesome and frenetic as you'd expect.
  • Plague Knight's final boss starts off fairly simply, but brilliantly with a shadow clone Mirror Match against the original Plague Knight boss fight. If you thought it was was frantic the first time.... Followed by the second phase: A giant, demonic bird version of Plague Knight, riding on some sort of alchemical machine that guards its weak point.

Out-of-Game and Meta Moments

  • Really now, the fact that Shovel Knight, one of the most successful indie game protagonists to date, can take on Kratos and the Battletoads, AAA-gaming mascots, is one.
    • The Battletoads appearing at all is an awesome moment in itself, since they hadn't been seen for a long time prior to their appearance.
  • The game had been subject to some severe schedule slip before finally reaching the target release on the end of June 2014. Why? Because they finished the Alpha build around January. And by Alpha build they mean THE GAME IS PLAYABLE FROM START TO FINISH! The devotion they have to making it perfect is astounding.
  • Shovel Knight not only has its own amiibo, but it's also both the first third-party amiibonote  and amiibo for an indie game.