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Shovel Knight is a platform game developed by independent developer Yacht Club Games for Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 , PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and FireOS. The game was released on June 26, 2014. Shovel Knight was directed by former WayForward Technologies member Sean Velasco, and includes music composed by Jake "Virt" Kaufman and Manami Matsumae.
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 (but not completely) mimics the Nintendo Entertainment System's original color palette, the game features modern graphical techniques, such as parallax scrolling.
The player controls the eponymous Shovel Knight character, who wields a sharpened shovel that is used to attack enemies, destroy barriers, and dig up treasures. As an homage to the game Duck Tales, the player can use the shovel 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.