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Shovel Knight

Platform: Amazon Fire TV, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Xbox One

Another Kickstarted indie game to make this list is the American developer Yacht Club Games’ Shovel Knight. Questing in this fantasy world, the protagonist’s weapon of choice is the humble multi-purpose shovel, used to thwack enemies, dig up hidden gems and pogo to safety.

The 8-bit pixellated graphics of Shovel Knight belie the sheer craftsmanship in storytelling through gameplay that emboldens this unheralded success beyond another nostalgia-baiting trap. If you find the game a little too easy to begin with, don’t worry. It gets much tougher; and if you beat it, you can unlock a whole new level of pain you didn’t realise existed.

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