So you know and love the Shovel Knight crew and their overall aesthetics, and you’ve been with them through a variety of adventures. But, have you and your friends chosen your favorite characters and thrown down in a hacking and slashing brawl to see who is the true champion? That’s the essence of Shovel Knight Showdown, a local multiplayer game that makes full use of the Shovel Knight elements and assets in a very different way. There are some varying strategies that are possible: looking to quickly grab gems versus slugging it out, versus being sly and waiting for other people to fight and pouncing on the weakened winners… but that’s generally true for any games of this kind. Given the volume of games on Switch that offer up some variation on this same theme it’s hard to declare it a standout in the space, aside from it making use of this well-regarded franchise, but if you’re looking for some fun it should entertain you and your friends for a while nonetheless.
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