Prior to the game, adventurers Shovel Knight and Shield Knight journeyed across the world alongside one another, but while exploring the Tower of Fate, a cursed amulet takes over Shield Knight and leaves Shovel Knight outside of a sealed Tower of Fate.
Grieving for his beloved, Shovel Knight gives up adventuring and secludes himself. During his absence, the Enchantress rises to power, spreading evil across the land. Upon hearing that the Enchantress has unsealed the Tower of Fate, Shovel Knight starts his quest towards it, hoping to find and rescue Shield Knight.
In order to do so, Shovel Knight must fight the members of "The Order of No Quarter," who have been dispatched by the Enchantress to impede him.
Developer(s) - Yacht Club Games
Publisher(s) - Yacht Club Games
Director(s) - Sean Velasco
Designer(s) - Sean Velasco
Programmer(s) - David D'Angelo, Ian Flood
Artist(s) - Erin Pellon, Nick Wozniak
Composer(s) - Jake Kaufman, Manami Matsumae
Platform(s) - Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One
Shovel Knight received critical acclaim. Aggregating review websites GameRankings and Metacritic gave the 3DS version 93.67% based on 6 reviews and 90/100 based on 9 reviews, the Wii U version 89.98% based on 21 reviews and 88/100 based on 24 reviews and the Microsoft Windows version 87.11% based on 28 reviews and 85/100 based on 46 reviews.