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Game Specs for Shovel Knight

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Title: Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight
Company: Yacht Club Games
Yacht Club Games
  • (Programming) David D'Angelo
  • (Programming) Ian Flood
  • (Sound) Jake Kaufman
  • (Art) Erin Pellon
  • (Design) Sean Velasco
  • (Art) Nick Wozniak
  • Jake "Virt" Kaufman, Manami Matsumae (2 Tracks)
Year: 2014
Release Date: June 26, 2014 (Wii U Version)
System: Wii U, Windows, Steam, 3DS, OSX, Linux, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
Genre: Adventure, Platformer
Ratings/Suitable For Age Group?: E for Everyone (Mild/Cartoon Violence)

Arcade Version?: No
Port To Other Game Systems: Wii U, Windows, Steam, 3DS, OSX, Linux, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Xbox One
Part of Franchise: No
Rarity/Availability: Not rare, available as physical copy or digital download across several systems
Add'l Game System Peripheral Needed To Play?: The Wii U offers an Amiibo Shovel Knight - an exclusive character that unlocks two-player, co-op gameplay!
Yes, the Shovel Knight Amiibo figurine. Additionally, optional controllers can be used with Wii U version.
1 or 2 Player: 1 Player (2 Player Co-Op possible with Shovel Knight Amiibo on Wii U)
Number of Reserve Players: 1 Player
1-UP's: No
Life Meter: Shovel Knight Life Meter
Yes — start with 3, can build up to 10
Shovel Knight Register Your Name screen for inputting passwords or names.

Yes (Inputting Passwords is possible, but not quite the classic sense because the game already saves progress.)
Battery: No (But, being that the game is on modern systems, it saves progress digitally.)
Continue?: Yes - Unlimited
Perspective/Orientation Gameplay: 2-D and Horizontal/Vertical (Retraceable/Freedom to Backtrack)
Number of Levels: 8 Areas Inhabited by the Order Of No Quarter Knights, the Tower Of Fate, plus the Village, the Armor Outpost, Wandering Travelers and several other landmarks on the World Map
Checkpoints?: Shovel Knight gets between 4 and 6 checkpoints per stage to save his progress.
Yes, but varies between 4 and 6 per Stage
Save points?: No, but game can be saved at any point by accessing Return To Map option
Uninterrupted Play?: Upon death of Shovel Knight, play stops and resumes from last checkpoint
Internal Map(s)?: Screenshot of Shovel Knight's World Map screen.
Yes. World Map is an interactive part of gameplay.
Score?: No
Difficulty Settings: No
Time Limit?: No
Shovel Knight
Shovel Knight portrait during dialogueShovel Knight springing to action

Shovel Knight
Of All Heroes, None Shone Brighter Than SHOVEL KNIGHT And SHIELD KNIGHT
Shield Knight

But Without Champions, The Land Was Seized By A Vile Power:  THE ENCHANTRESS And Her ORDER OF NO QUARTER!
Enchantress and her Order Of No Quarter
(clockwise from left to right: Mole Knight, Polar Knight, King Knight, Specter Knight, Propeller Knight, Treasure Knight, Tinker Knight and Plague Knight)

Portrait of the mysterious, BLACK KNIGHT
Black Knight

and various other characters
Weapons: RELICS:
Shovel Knight Relics and Gear Subscreen
  • Flare Wand
  • Dust Knuckles
  • Alchemy Coin
  • War Horn
  • Fishing Rod
  • Phase Locket
  • Throwing Anchor
  • Mobile Gear
  • Propeller Dagger
  • Chaos Sphere

Shovel Knight receives either Ichor of Renewal, Boldness and Fortune for his Chalices from the Troupple King.

Chalices holding Ichor of:
  1. Renewal
  2. Boldness
  3. Fortune
Items: Gold, Meal Tickets, Music Sheets
Shovel Knight shops at the Aerial Anvil for Shovel Blade and Armor Upgrades.
Shovel Blade Upgrades:
  • Charge Handle
  • Trench Blade
  • Ground Spark

Armor Upgrades:
  • Stalwart Plate
  • Final Guard
  • Conjurer's Coat
  • Dynamo Mail
  • Mail Of Momentum
  • Ornate Plate
Power-Downs: No
Main Enemy: Shovel Knight's Main Enemy... Revealed
Spoiler alert! Click here to see
Person/Place Being Saved:
The Land and Shield Knight?
Objective/Goal: Seal the Tower Of Fate and save Shield Knight
Ending?: Yes
Secret Code(s)?:
Shovel Knight allows for cheat codes to be activated.

Yes! Currently, several cheat codes are available.
Stage Select: No
Invincibility: Yes
Extra Players: N/A
Continues: N/A
Sound Test: No
Additional Secret Codes: Several
Trivia/Little Known Facts:
  • During the Kickstarter campaign for the funding of Shovel Knight, donors who pledged certain money amounts to the cause, earned special privileges in the creation of the game. Several of these privileges helped to immortalize the generous donors in a number of ways:
    • All donors of $200 had their portraits placed within the walls of the Hall Of Champions!
    • All donors of $1,000 had the opportunity to create the Wandering Travellers (Baz, The Reize, Mr. Hat and Phantom Striker)!
  • The feat known as "Only You" serves as a wink and nod to the old Smokey Bear campaign, in which, Smokey declared that "Only you can prevent forest fires!"
  • The game's composer, Jake "Virt" Kaufman, created the vintage, chiptune soundtrack using FamiTracker software.
  • The XBox One version of Shovel Knight features special cameos by the Battletoads, a classic title found on the NES with subsequent releases on various systems.
  • The PS4 version of Shovel Knight features a special cameo by Kratos, the protagonist from the God Of War series.
  • The logo of Yacht Club Studios can be found in a hidden area in King Knight's Pridemoor Keep.

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