World record holding Shovel Knight speedrunner joins us for the final Shovel Knight episode for a new perspective on gameplay mechanics.
Shovel Knight is a fantastic example of how art and narrative can be used to enhance the action of a game without pulling the player away from the core mechanics that make a platformer engaging.
Progression is a powerful tool in game design, but it requires a careful balance between challenge and reward.
Platformers moving from left to right is nothing new in game design, but Shovel Knight takes this classic idea and uses it to deliver a deeper experience.
Shovel Knight is filled with elegant game designs, some of which are clear to the player and others of which are so well done that they are invisible.