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Shovel Knight Developers Make 7 Years of Art Available

The much-loved art of the popular 2D side-scrolling platformer, Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove, is now available for everyone – and it’s all free.

Art of the hit 2D side-scrolling platformer, Shovel Knight: Treasure, was released to the public by game developer Yacht Club. The well-known indie developer hasn’t forgotten his early success, even as he gears up for his next project, Mina the diggera top-down adventure game inspired by gothic horror and classic Game Boy-era titles.

shovel knight, which was fully crowdfunded as a Kickstarter project, was released in 2014 for PC, Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Since the game’s launch, it has been ported to even more systems and stands as one of the greatest side-scrollers of the modern era. Additional campaigns were released for the game and were set up in 2019 as Shovel Knight: Treasurewhich represents the most comprehensive way to play the game today. shovel knight is praised for its retro graphic style, unique level design, and combat system that sets it apart from other games of its type. It is widely regarded as one of the most historically significant indie games.

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Just recently, the Yacht Club Games team made an announcement via a blog post on the Kickstarter page for Mina the digger. The developer has announced that all of the much-loved artwork from Shovel Knight: Treasure will be made available to the public. The Art Pack, which contains nearly a gigabyte of pixel art compressed into a .zip file, sports elements such as sprites, backgrounds, animations, and menu art that have been used since release from the game’s very first release in 2014. Yacht Club Games cited its dedication to helping small game developers as the reason for releasing the art bundle, pointing out a trivia about an unknown indie game using shovel knight sprites as a reference in 2013.



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Of course, since shovel knight owes its success to crowdfunderd donations, it only makes sense that Yacht Club Games would want to give back to the people who believed in it and try to inspire more indie developers to create their own games. The fact that the studio decided to release the art for free is even more amazing, as the art style is one of the game’s biggest draws. Yacht Club Games hopes budding game creators can take advantage of the pack and guide them to create their own art, although simple fans of the game are also happy to have access to the pack just to browse the assets and fully appreciate the design of the game.


The .zip file is available on the Kickstarter blog where it was announced and is completely free to download. Whether you’re looking to design a game or just want to look into shovel knightthis “treasure trove” of game assets is a great way to do just that, and a remarkable way for the developer of one of the most influential indie games of all time to give back to the community.

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Shovel Knight: Treasure is available on all platforms.

Source: Yacht Club Games/Kickstarter

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