Best 3DS Games 2017

Shovel Knight

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Score

A fond tribute to the hard-as-nails 2D platformers of yesteryear, Shovel Knight looks and sounds like the NES game you never knew existed. The retro visuals are perfect and the chiptune soundtrack sticks in your head long after you’ve switched off the 3DS. However, it’s the perfectly-realised platforming action which keeps you coming back for more, drawing you in as you guide the titular hero through a mystical land with the intent of stopping the vile Order of No Quarter.
 
There are light RPG elements thrown in for good measure too, with plenty of NPCs to converse with and powers to upgrade as you take a well-earned breather in-between stages. Shovel Knight is a dazzling example of how visuals really don’t matter when it comes to creating a captivating experience; it has finely-tuned gameplay to spare and poses a surprisingly robust challenge. If you’re old enough to recall the glory days of the 8-bit platformer then this will be like a dream come true, but even youngsters are encouraged to give this sidescrolling classic a spin.
 
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At time of review Shovel Knight was available for £19.99.