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Treasure Trove Review

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Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove (2014) is a retro-style platform game where you play as a Knight whose primary weapon is a shovel. It can either be used to attack enemies head-on, dig up treasure, or aim below while jumping to bounce on enemies. You can get secondary items from a salesman, hidden in most levels, that include long-range projectiles, gloves that can punch through dirt blocks, and a locket of invincibility.

The main quest involves fighting through each level and defeating the boss battle at the end, during this, you collect as much treasure as possible. Collecting items and gaining abilities grants access to more of the level. You can get the treasure by defeating enemies, finding chests, digging through the environment, and finding note sheets that also unlock music tracks.

In some of the games in the series, you control characters besides Shovel Knight, such as Specter Knight and King Knight. Shovel Knight Showdown has a 4 player local battle mode so you can compete against friends and family, similar to Super Smash Bros. This is something unique to Showdown that the other games don't explore as much.

Shovel Knight: Treasure trove includes all 5 Shovel Knight games released. After the original Shovel Knight, it expanded into a large series during its rise in popularity. The games listed can also be purchased separately:
  • Shovel Knight: Shovel of Hope (2004) on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and PC.
  • Shovel Knight: Plague of Shadows (2015) on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, Playstation Station 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and PC.
  • Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment (2017) on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and PC.
  • Shovel Knight: King of Cards (2019) on Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox One and PC.
  • Shovel Knight: Showdown (2019) on Nintendo Switch, Wii U, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and PC.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Collecting, Fighting and Traversal elements. You can play with 1 to 4 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Only Shovel Knight Showdown allows 4 players locally. The Shovel Knight: Shovel Of Hope provides a shared screen co-op for two players.


Play Time: This game will take between 6 hours and 11 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is Rated PEGI 7 with Violence. Violence is minor and consists of side-scrolling arcade-style action between your knight and a variety of fantasy characters and other knights. Attacks can be physical and magical but are mild in nature with no blood or injury effects.

Rated for younger players in the US. Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove is Rated ESRB EVERYONE for Use of Alcohol and Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. Younger players need to be willing to take on a challenge where they will fail and have to try again. Good timing is essential, but you also need some creative thinking to progress in some areas.


Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove usually costs £19.99 to £35.99. 

Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove

XBox Store Xbox One £35.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £19.99
Steam Store PC £30.99
Switch Store Switch £35.99
Switch StoreSALE 2DS|3DS £26.99 Unavailable On Digital Store
Steam Store Mac £30.99
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
The Shovel Knight games that are included in the treasure trove bundle but can be bought separately for an individual price.

The game supports the Amiibo figurines that are purchased separately to unlock things in the game. 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/06/2014

Price: 85% off

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, Mac, PC, PS Vita, PS3, PS4, Switch, Wii U and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-4

Genres: Action, Platform (Collecting, Fighting and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Yacht Club Games (@YachtClubGames)

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