PAX East – Shovel Knight Hands-On Impressions

While at PAX East, I got a chance to look at the almost complete Shovel Knight. The game is looking good on PC, Wii U, and 3DS with the title being very close to release. Yacht Games had two stages available to play, complete with end stage bosses to show off. The first thing I noticed upon picking up the game for the first time was just how tight the controls were. If you’ve ever played classic games like Ducktales or Mega Man, you’ll immediately feel right at home with Shovel Knight with its addicting action platforming.

I played one stage on PC and another stage on the 3DS, and the visuals looked really amazing. The 8-bit graphics on display with the game are appropriately authentic and are crisp and colorful on a big screen TV. Yacht Games was also showing off some the surprisingly impressive stereoscopic effects exclusive to the handheld, including some neat-looking effects between the foreground and background. One stage featured silhouetted figures in the foreground and flashing lightning in the background, coming together quite nicely when paired with the 3D effects.

With solid platforming, retro visuals, tons of secrets, and the perfect amount of challenge and difficulty, Shovel Knight is looking to be a great game well worth the wait. With it coming out very soon, early fans can rest easy knowing the game will live up to every expectation.

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