Review: Shovel Knight Showdown (Steam)

Enter a world of never-ending battle! Duel with up to 4 local challengers and scramble after gems, or take control of your favorite characters, many playable for the first time ever, in Story Mode. Master every move, explore a vast array of items and locales, and discover new revelations.


  • Classic Shovel Knight 8 Bit graphics.
  • 334mb download size.
  • Steam achievements.
  • Own In-game achievements.
  • Graphics-screen shake, resolution, window border fullscreen and v-sync.
  • Controller support.
  • Awesome Chiptune ost with new songs.
  • Platform fighting arena gameplay.
  • Gameplay-collect gems and win. You drop gems by being defeated. Gems randomly spawn into the level.
  • Four modes-Battle/Story/Targets/Practice.
  • Rebind controls.
  • 8 starting characters.
  • Each character has their own ending in story mode.
  • Co-op vs Ai support.
  • Boss fights
  • Good level designs with environmental effects and traps.
  • Just looks so dam good.
  • Power-ups will float around the level and you can hit them to activate them.
  • Food to restore health randomly spawns
  • Target mode is mini-games that also appear in the story mode.
  • Clean clear HUD.
  • Unlock new characters by finishing story mode.
  • Can have any combo of 4 player matches.
  • Each character plays uniquely.
  • Excellent retro meets modern presentation.


  • No real tutorial as such.
  • Can get really hard to see who is who when it kicks off.
  • Level quirks take some getting used too.
  • Some match types don’t play well and drag on.
  • Ai movements can be full throttle or basically stationary.
  • Fine as a solo player game but playing mp is the much better way.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10


As a huge Shovel Knight, I couldn’t wait to try what looks like a Smash Brothers take on the fighting series. Whilst the initial character selection is small, you can quickly unlock new characters by playing the story mode. The story mode itself is a handful of fights with a boss fight and mini-game thrown in, each character also gets a delightful ending and this really fleshes out the characters of the world a lot more. I loved how easy it was to just jump in and play, some characters are easier than others as you would expect but over Showdown still keeps it Shovel Knight and despite all the odds it is a fine game but I can’t see it having as much of a following as the platform games just because the modes and characters are limited. Course if you roll this out for multiplayer sessions then the game will live forever! Overall I enjoyed my time with it.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!