How Shovel Knight Is Inspired By Dark Souls

By Ishaan . April 10, 2013 . 2:30pm

Back when Yacht Club Games announced their 8-bit platformer, Shovel Knight, they said the game was inspired by Mega Man, Castlevania and Dark Souls. That last one isn’t necessarily like the other two, so it may not be immediately obvious what influence Dark Souls might have to offer an 8-bit game. On the Shovel Knight Kickstarter page, Yacht Club explain:


“We love the rhythm of combat in Dark Souls, and the way you feel true fear at facing the unknown. The soul upgrading and death mechanics in that game are also refreshing and wonderful. That palpable tension that comes from fear of death!”


Yacht Club say they’re looking to make Shovel Knight a 6-8 hour game the first time through, and encouraging the player to learn the layouts of the stages. The goal is to allow speedrunners to complete the game in a single sitting, which was a decision inspired by Super Metroid. As you play, you’ll be able to collect treasure and spend it on upgrading the Shovel Knight’s armour, equipment and sub-weapons.


Additionally, since Shovel Knight has met a number of its Kickstarter stretch goals, two more playable characters are being added to the game. One is a female Shovel Knight, who is a gender swap of the original. The second is a brand new character—one of the game’s bosses. Just which boss it’s going to be will be decided by fan vote at a later date.


Shovel Knight is in development for the PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.


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  • Hm. No Duck Tales?

    • It does look curiously like Duck Tales with the shovel hop and duck looking knights.

  • kazdamaz

    Can’t wait for this, release is so far away.

    Speaking of Dark Souls, will there be an article soon on the new trailer and gameplay for Dark Souls 2 or is something in the works and I’m just being impatient.

  • And then the day was saved thanks to Super Best Friends and Game Grumps :P .

    • Scarletmoonwish

      Saw the Super Best Friends, made me want to buy the game, granted if the price is good.

      • If you donate $10 right now you get it for basically all computer based OS systems, if you do $15 you get to choose between that, the 3DS, or the Wii U and they’re also going to be extended the fund via Paypal, so if you don’t do it before the initial Kickstarter you’ll still have a chance, just at a slightly higher price.

    • Omegajak

      Hey I’m Knight!

      • I’m kinda Knight!

        • Omegajak

          andddd we’re The Shovel Knights!

  • Derry Santoso

    I want a Vita release

  • Zenthos

    Seems more like it was inspired by zelda II.

  • tubers

    May redefine the term Shovelware.

    • s07195

      Made the same joke in an earlier post. ^o^

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