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Dissecting Design: Shovel Knight's Modern Retro Design

In this week's dissecting design, I took a look at Shovel Knight and how it merged old and modern design into something amazing.

Josh Bycer, Blogger

March 1, 2017

1 Min Read

For this week's dissecting design, I'm taking a look at Yacht Club Games' Shovel Knight. One of the most successful games off of Kickstarter, Shovel Knight's design was a great combination of old school with modern elements. For this video, I also took a look at their first expansion campaign and what it will mean going forward from the company.

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Josh Bycer


For more than seven years, I have been researching and contributing to the field of game design. These contributions range from QA for professional game productions to writing articles for sites like Gamasutra and Quarter To Three. 

With my site Game-Wisdom our goal is to create a centralized source of critical thinking about the game industry for everyone from enthusiasts, game makers and casual fans; to examine the art and science of games. I also do video plays and analysis on my Youtube channel. I have interviewed over 500 members of the game industry around the world, and I'm a two-time author on game design with "20 Essential Games to Study" and "Game Design Deep Dive Platformers."

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