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Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight is a game out of its time. Its many familiar mechanics–Mega Man bosses, Zelda II towns, and Castlevania magic–combine under a retro, 8-bit aesthetic to create something both classic and modern.
I haven’t played a game like Shovel Knight for years. I grew up playing Mega Man X games, and after that series went all 3D, I stopped keeping up with the side-scrolling platformer genre all together. Somewhere along the way, in the back of my mind, I convinced myself that I’d “grown out” of those types of games. How wrong I was.