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Dance! The Story of a Useless Button!

Many fans of Yacht Club Games have noticed a weird trend in the games we’ve worked on: we almost always add an action, assigned to a specific button, that has little or no purpose for either the gameplay or the story. Initially, this may seem to fly in the face of our design sensibilities which favor simple gameplay and mechanics. Why would anyone design a mechanic that doesn’t benefit gameplay and instead adds another potentially confusing action.  “Games should be simple!  One action! Like jumping in Mario!  Why would anyone decide to do something so dumb?!” Today we’re going to try and explain why we add useless actions to games, and explain some of the weird and fun things we’ve done in the past.  This quirk might not fit every game, but it’s definitely a unique re-occurring element to us that adds a little bit of flavor!

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San Diego Comic-Con

Shovel Knight

We just got back from San Diego Comic-Con!  It was a ton of fun to run into everyone and hear how much you all are loving the game!!  In case you missed it, Nintendo was awesome enough to host a few kiosks running Shovel Knight at their event!  Take a look at the beautiful displays they set up for us!

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Breaking the NES

In case you missed it, this is a reposting of an article we wrote for Gamasutra.  Check out the original here!

Shovel Knight is a game that embraces the look of NES classics, but has some major differences when examined closely. When setting out to develop the game’s aesthetic and play style, we at Yacht Club Games had a few goals in mind. Instead of emulating the NES exactly, we would create a rose-tinted view of an 8-bit game.

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Coub Contest

Shovel Knight

Going to try something new today!  A contest!  We at Yacht Club Games had never heard of Coub, but they contacted us and asked if we’d be interested in hosting a contest on their site.  It sounded fun, so we said why not!  Here’s the brief of it – if you submit a video to our Shovel Knight Coub page, you’ll be eligible to win a Steam copy of Shovel Knight for yourself or to give to a friend or do with what you please!  Here are the details!

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