Shovel Knight – A groundbreaking love letter to 8 bits!
Shovel Knight is a recent Kickstarter project from Yacht Club Games, which is an indie game company comprised of people that have worked on projects such as Contra 4 and A Boy and His Blob. In Shovel Knight, you play as a knight who wields a long forgotten and powerful weapon – the ShovelBlade! With his trusty multipurpose tool, he sets out on an adventure to save his beloved from The Enchantress. The animations are incredibly smooth and each enemy is uniquely designed. It looks like a great deal of fun, digging your way through dungeons, deflecting enemy magic and fighting your way to the end of a variety of themed stages, each culminating in a unique boss battle.
The game sticks to the original NES color palette, uses chiptune music and borrows from classic platforming games, such as Mega Man and Castlevania. Requiring $75,000 for successful funding, the project is already 1/3 of the way there after only several days. For only $10 (£7) you will receive a copy of the game, if you back the project. You can learn more about Shovel Knight and can check out the other backer rewards they have to off at their Kickstarter. They are also aiming to get published on Steam via Greenlight.