Shovel Knight is a retro-inspired game, but it's far from a knock-off.
Sure, it's got hints of DuckTales, Castlevania, Mega Man and more buried deep in its DNA, but for every idea brought over from days past, developer Yacht Club Games has implemented a fresher, more modern mechanic. It helps Shovel Knight dodge the pit of one-off, referential humor, making it actually feel like a game that was never released in the NES era, rather than a parody of those titles. Also, your weapon is a shovel, which never isn't wonderful.
In today's Overview, Justin and I give a level in Shovel Knight a spin, showcasing its inventive take on death, checkpoints and turkey. I also pull off some dope bounce-chain maneuvers, because I have apparently gotten a lot better at video games than I was in 1990.