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Indie video game Shovel Knight returns to Kickstarter for board game adaptation

The multi-million best-selling indie video game Shovel Knight has returned to Kickstarter to appeal to fans, this time in the form of a new physical board game adaptation.

The original digital title was launched to the crowdfunding platform back in 2014 when it entered the fray with the initial goal of securing $75,000 in funding. Its success saw it hit over $300,000 and fulfill all of its stretch goals.

Having since launched across Nintendo Switch and PlayStation, the indie video game has now sold over 2.5 million copies across the world.

The games protagonist, the Blue Burrower, is now looking to replicate that success in the physical form of a new tabletop board game.

Shovel Knight: Dungeon Duels has been designed by Panda Cult Games and has raised over $34,000 on the platform that brought the IP to life five years ago. It’s set itself a target of $80,000.

The competitive side-scrolling miniatures board game is designed for one to four players, as each takes on the role of a different coloured Knight to ‘shovel out justice on spades’ against the evil Order of No Quarter.

“The core aspect of the game is all about trying to gather the most gold, whether it’s from defeating enemies, digging up treasure mounds, damaging bosses, or even taking them from a rival Shovel Knight,” read the game’s description on Kickstarter.

“We also have our own unique elements, like side scrolling tiles, jumping over spiked pits, equipping unique armour and accessories, and fighting against dastardly Order of No Quarter.”

The project will end in 23 days from now.

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