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Shovel Knight, Can Ya Dig It?
By Kevin on Mar 25 2013 11:38 AM
You won't be digging up any shovelware with Shovel Knight.
Shovel Knight — a current Kickstarter project proposed by Los Angeles, CA independent (indie) game developer Yacht Club Games — is an upcoming video game scheduled to be released for the Wii U and 3DS eShops and Windows PC. In Shovel Knight, you'll fill the deep boots of a pint-sized knight who's about to take on a planet-sized quest. This is no ordinary knight. By wielding a multipurpose weapon called the "ShovelBlade," his goal is to slice through evil, traverse through tricky platform stages, and rescue his loved one from the evil clutches of the Enchantress — an evil magic-casting witch. When the going gets tough, the tough get digging. Or, something like that.
What else is so great about a shovel-wielding knight in search for a helpless princess?
How about the fact that it's slathered with a beautiful coat of 8-bit polish? How about the fact that it has platforming and gameplay characteristics similar to those found in Mega Man, Castlevania, Dark Souls, and even Zelda? How about the fact that there's themed bosses and levels and features a super-sensational music score that'll be chiming through your brain, even when sleeping? Fun fact: Jake â€œVirtâ€ Kaufman is the audio composer for the Shovel Knight soundtrack. If you've played Mighty Switch Force!, Contra 4, Shantae, or Double Dragon Neon, you've heard what the man is capable of producing.
The Shovel Knight Kickstarter project has a $75,000 goal, which needs to be met on, or prior to, Saturday April 13th at 10:59pm EDT. At the time of this writing, the project has funded $54,771 with the support of 2,384 backers (people who contributed to the project by pledging at least a $1). With the support from fans, Shovel Knight can become a reality for us all. If you're a fan of brilliantly created indie games and would like to see Shovel Knight make landfall, I'd suggest showing your support. Without you, terrific games like this would never be a possibility.
I could go on and on about how incredible this game looks and sounds, but here's a short video that gives you a good taste for what the game is all about.
Can you dig it?
View the entire Shovel Knight Kickstarter project.
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