Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is the complete edition of Shovel Knight, an 8-bit style platform game developed by independent studio Yacht Club Games. The game was first released in Q2 2014 for Windows and Nintendo 3DS platforms, and in the following three years on Mac, Linux, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, and lastly Nintendo Switch. Shovel Knight is being directed by former WayForward Technologies member Sean Velasco, and includes music composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman and Manami Matsumae.
The Treasure Trove edition, released in March 2017 on Nintendo Switch and April for all other platforms, contains the original game and all other campaigns funded through Kickstarter investments. All campaigns will eventually be made available as stand-alone games in the coming months.
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Shovel Knight features four campaigns, each with its own playable character, story, gameplay and altered stages:
- Shovel of Hope: the main campaign featuring the titular character, Shovel Knight, on a quest across the Valley to save his beloved Shield Knight and vanquish the Enchantress and her Order of No Quarter.
- Plague of Shadows: an alternate story in parallel of Shovel Knight's quest, Plague Knight goes on an adventure to gather the essences of his fellow knights of the Order and brew the ultimate potion of power, Serum Supernus.
- Specter of Torment: a prequel to the series, Specter Knight is resurrected by the Enchantress to recruit the Order of No Quarter and restore his humanity.
- King of Cards: another prequel, King Knight takes on a journey to best the "Three Kings" who lord over the Valley and join the Order of No Quarter.
Shovel Knight is a 2D side-scrolling platform game. The game features 8-bit graphics designed to resemble classic games. While the color scheme closely mimics the Nintendo Entertainment System's original color palette, the game features modern graphical techniques, such as parallax scrolling. Each character uses a single primary weapon and various secondary ones requiring resources (respectively Relics, Arcana and Curios). In addition, they each have their own mobility designs, which vary greatly from one character to another.
In the original campaign, Shovel of Hope, the player controls the eponymous Shovel Knight who wields a sharpened shovel to attack enemies, destroy barriers, and dig up treasures. As an homage to the game Duck Tales, Shovel Knight can use his weapon in mid-air to perform a down thrust that can be used to bounce off of obstacles or the heads of enemies, while dealing damage. His Relics require Magic which can be regenerated with jars, limited in quantity in each stages.
Plague Knight's gameplay in Plague of Shadows relies more on planning and variety, while also taking a fresh approach on the game's stages. He uses bombs as his primary weapons, and their effect can be customized to take advantage of each situation. He also uses Bomb Burst and double jump to soar through levels at the cost of a more hazardous mobility. His Arcana consume Power which regenerates quickly over time but can also take longer to do so if used too repeatedly.
Specter Knight's gameplay in Specter of Torment has a more dynamic approach on stages. He uses a scythe which offers a longer range of attack, and can use it to dash through enemies and reach higher grounds. His mobility is close to parkour, giving him the ability to run shortly up walls and jump from one to another. His Curios are regenerated with Darkness, which can be easily recovered from slashing enemies.
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In Spring with the release of the second boss campaign and the arrival of the Nintendo Switch version, the original Shovel Knight edition of the game was renamed Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove. Each campaign will be then be purchasable individually along with the newly named version.
The Order of No QuarterEdit
- Treasure Knight
- King Knight
- Plague Knight
- Tinker Knight
- Polar Knight
- Propeller Knight
- Specter Knight
- Mole Knight
- The Enchantress
Further additional content are planned for release in Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove in accordance to the game's Kickstarter's stretch goals. The next and final content to be added are King Knight's campaign and Battle Mode, featuring all main characters and knights of the Order as fully playable fighters.