3 To Play: RedEye video game reviews
Ryan Smith loves playing games...of the video variety. RedEye's gaming guy writes a weekly column called "3 to play" in which he reviews new releases. Here's a running gallery of those games, which will be updated each week. Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.
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Nintendo 3DS, PC, Wii U
3 out of 4 stars Though shovels seem more suited for digging holes than battling evil, that doesn't stop the title character of this nostalgia-infused indie game. Shovel Knight uses his mighty home improvement tool to bash bad guys and as an ingenious way to jump off their heads like a pogo stick. It's a new kind of weapon tied to a game that harkens back to its 1987-era influences, with 8-bit-style graphics and side-scrolling action that blends "Super Mario 3," the "Mega Man" series and other NES classics. Likewise, it also features those games' considerable charms and a few nagging weaknesses. Ryan Smith is a RedEye special contributor.