So Shovel Knight is out and I have to say the game is great. It will take you about 1-3 days to beat the game depending on how much time you put into it, but since there are plenty of stretch goals and achievements you should definitely give it a shot. The game is pretty difficult, but there are plenty of checkpoints so it isn’t completely unbeatable. The game is a mix of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link (town structures), Castlevania (sub-weapons and hidden walls), Mario 3 (map screen), and Mega Man (knights instead of robots for bosses of each level).
I Kickstarted the game and I would say it is well worth the $15 if you are a fan of old school, nostalgic platformers, with awesome 8-bit music. There will be plenty of patches for this game regardless of the platform you buy it on (3DS, Steam, or Wii U) because the game received a lot of funding and hit a lot of stretch goals.
If you like 8-bit chiptunes, you can actually name your own price for 2 albums containing music from the game. The music is quite amazing, so you owe it to yourself to pick up the music for free even if you want. It contains a couple songs from Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae, but the majority of the soundtrack is from Jake ‘Virt’ Kaufman… from DuckTales: Remastered and Retro City Rampage fame.
For the music downloads, check them out below: