Having a license plate read “TIHSHO” is pretty cool thing when you read it backwards. What’s also cool, is how many videogames came out in 2015, so picking only 10 games out of entire year of great games is no easy task. Here’s what Ed found to be the best of the year.
You may be looking at the screen shots of this game thinking “Not another indie game using 8-bit art” but dismissing it like that is just hurting yourself. Yacht Club games nailed it with Shovel Knight. Invoking the style of the 2nd and 3rd generation of consoles (NES, SNES, Genesis), Shovel Knight brings you to the simpler yet harder days of gaming where levels were hard and graphics blocky.
You either are, or know someone who grew up around 8-bit gaming. There are memories you cherish, or stories you tell of playing your favorite games until all hours of the night. You’ll likely recall the nostalgia for the games Shovel Knight is so greatly inspired by. Yacht Club Games does tell their own story, build their own world, and set their own rules for you to play in, creating new memories and stories to tell.
Surprise! Yacht Club Games is kickstarting our first game! Shovel Knight, found here: http://www.kickstarter.com/
Our first game is Shovel Knight, a sweeping classic action adventure game with awesome gameplay, memorable characters, and an 8-bit retro aesthetic. It’s a hot mashup of new and old that may remind you of Mega Man, Castlevania, or Dark Souls! You play as the eponymous Shovel Knight, a small knight with a huge quest. Shovel Knight has come to this valley with two goals: to defeat the evil Enchantress and save his lost beloved. He wields a ShovelBlade; a multipurpose weapon whose techniques have now been lost to the ages. Always honest and helpful, Shovel Knight is a shining example of the code of Shovelry: Slash Mercilessly and Dig Tirelessly!