This game is fantastic! It is a "8-bit" style platformer with the style of a Mega Man game.
The story is looked over by the main review, but you play as the hero Shovel Knight, running through the world attempting to save his partner Shield Knight. To do this, he has to defeat the Enchantress and the eight knights of the Order of No Quarter.
This part is familiar to Mega Man players. You have to defeat all of the eight knights, go to the Tower of Fate, fight all of them again, and then fight the Enchantress.
The presentation of the game is where it really shines. The graphics are reminiscent of the old NES era. The music matches the graphics, and you will be humming the music all day long, because it really does set the mood.
That being said, this game is extremely hard. You start off with four hearts, and that is increased every time you defeat three bosses. This makes for some frustrating first few levels, as if you are not the type to be playing Mega Man or Dark Souls, you will find this game very challenging.
However, with this game's difficulty, deaths are handled fairly. Checkpoints are scattered throughout the level. Players gain gold when the dig blocks or kill enemies. When you die, you drop a quarter of your gold. You respawn at the last checkpoint you touched. When you get to the part you died on, your money will be floating in bags that you can pick up. This way, if you get all the money bags, there is no penalty for death.
This game is a fantastic game, and everyone should check it out. But, if you are not the hardcore type, try it before you buy it.