developer: Yacht Club Games
publisher: Yacht Club Games
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: common screen, players: 1-4
Shovel Knight: Showdown is another addition to the warmly welcomed hybrid platformer and RPG - Shovel Knight. The extension does not focus on a single plot - instead, it adds several new modes to the game, evoking associations with two-dimensional battles. The DLC is available as part of the Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove package or as a stand-alone product. Yacht Club Games studio is responsible for its creation.
Shovel Knight: Showdown is a significantly different game from both the basic version of Shovel Knight and its previous add-ons. We are not dealing here with a hybrid of platformer and RPG games - instead we get an unusual cross between platformer and fight, which can evoke associations with, among others, a series of Super Smash Bros. The game consists in clashes in two-dimensional arenas, with the use of key characters from the universe. Shovel Knight, such as Shovel Knight, Shield Knight, Black Knight and The Enchantress. The list of available characters includes several heroes. You can also choose from several boards - of course also referring to Shovel Knight.
In Shovel Knight: Showdown we can play alone or with others. We can choose between duels, trainings, free-for-all battles (for up to 4 players), cooperative clashes with AI, and even a feature campaign, which resembles a bit of classic Arcade modes in battles (we go through it with each character separately, learning a small story associated with a given heroine or heroine).
As with the original Shovel Knight, the graphic design of the title was maintained in a retro style - so we are dealing with 8-bit graphics in the style of pixel art. Again, Jake "Virt" Kaufman is responsible for the music. The soundtrack created by him complements the gameplay and graphic design well.
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