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Indie platformer Shovel Knight given jaunty new trailer, Winter release window

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Have we mentioned Shovel Knight before now? Sort of but not really (opens in new tab) , so here's a quick precis: it's an old-fashioned 8-bit-style platformer starring - as the name suggests - a shovel-wielding knight. Back in March/April, Yacht Club Games' (opens in new tab) spade-happy title raised all the money and then some on Kickstarter (opens in new tab) , and now the game is nearing its release. 'Winter' is the only clue (opens in new tab) we have to go on right now, but this fab new trailer should help to ease the pain of uncertainty a bit.

As you can see, Shovel Knight's oddly-equipped hero certainly makes the most of his garden implement, using it to dig, pound, air-dash, deflect and more - I love to see a developer using an idea to its full potential. It looks like a modern-day DuckTales, but one I'd actually want to play - roll on 'sometime this Winter'.

Cheers, IndieGames (opens in new tab) .

Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.