This year marks the 5th anniversary of everyone’s favorite shovel-wielding knight. What better year, then, for the blue warrior to get his very own board game? Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels is a competitive miniatures game for up to 4 players being created by Panda Cult Games. You can check it out on Kickstarter.

The aim of Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels is simple: to collect as much gold as you possibly can. You’ll be competing against up to 3 other Shovel Knights, dealing out justice to the evil Order of No Quarter while vying for riches. Each game takes place in a unique side-scrolling dungeon, with players moving tiles each round and creating new hazards. You’ll need to jump over spike pits, keep your equipment up-to-date with Chester, and battle fiendish bosses with complex Boss A.I. decks if you’re to have a hope of winning.

Panda Cult Games is asking for $80,000 to make Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels. At the time of writing, the company has amassed $24,465 of that goal. Right now, the Kickstarter page only has one stretch goal listed. If Panda Cult receives $90,000 via Kickstarter, the company will add playable boss heroes in the form of Specter Knight, King Knight, and Plague Knight. Each boss will have their own stats, strengths, and weaknesses. Panda Cult says it has “plenty more Stretch Goals lined up” depending on funding.

Right now, there’s only one reward tier for backers. The $70 “Shovelry Pledge” will get you a copy of the game, a Shield Knight model and hero card, and everything from the campaign’s Stretch Goals. There’s every chance Panda Cult will add more pledge tiers as time goes on, and you can always pledge without reward if you’re an altruistic type. As a massive fan of Shovel Knight (as are many of us here at TechRaptor), I’ll be watching this one intently.

Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels is up for funding on Kickstarter right now. Panda Cult says it’s aiming to release the game in July 2020.

How do you feel about Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels? What other boss characters would you like to see in the game? Let us know in the comments below!


Joe Allen

Staff Writer

Dark Souls changed my life, and I'm here to spread the good news. I like pretty much all sorts of games, but I judge everything by its proximity to our Lord and saviour, Dark Souls.



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