9 – Shovel Knight (20 points)
Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign, ardent fans and the gaming community alike were privileged to experience a fully realized platforming title in Shovel Knight. Inspired by many NES classics, this title saw players venture forward in a mythical world with shovel in hand, dispatching foes with impeccable skill. Utilizing magical abilities and meeting a splendid cast of characters (friend and foe), Shovel Knight’s difficulty in completing levels was only rewarded by a genius scheme to trade checkpoint markers for extra coins, for the extra crazy.
In his review of the game, Erik wrote: “Shovel Knight may look and play like an old game, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth playing. It’s markedly different from anything that large studios churn out nowadays, but it draws inspiration from a wide range of the best classic games and makes something wholly its own. Shovel Knight is easily the finest and most rewarding game I have played all year.” (written in June)
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