For the final episode of our Shovel Knight Retrospective series, we step back from Marshal’s analysis of Yacht Club’s game design choices to explore a different perspective, that of the current world record holder for several Shovel Knight speedrun categories.

Smaugy has become a cornerstone of the Shovel Knight speedrunning community by contributing new techniques, collaborating with other speedrunners to came up with new techniques, and building on the polish of existing knowledge to perfect Shovel Knight speedruns. This means he has an intimate understanding of how Shovel Knight works, giving him a unique view on gameplay mechanics.

If you aren’t familiar with Smaugy, you can find him…

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