Shovel Knight is returning in "puzzle adventure mash-up" Pocket Dungeon

And Shovel Knight Dig is coming next year.

Shovel Knight's main adventure might be over, but that doesn't mean he's ready to sproing out of the spotlight just yet; developer Yacht Club Games has now unveiled the spaded-one's latest spin-off: "puzzle adventure mash-up", Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon.

Pocket Dungeon, a collaboration between developer Vine and Yacht Club Games, offers a colourful blend of falling-block puzzling and dungeon-crawling - the gist being that Shovel Knight can move freely around each top-down, single-screen stage, and must clear groups of adjacent enemies with a quick spade-thwack in order to progress to the next area.

"Group foes together for massive chain attacks while grabbing keys, power-ups, and potions to refill your health!", explains Yacht Club, with wrinkles on that core premise arriving in the form of new items, equipment, and boss battles. Additionally, a total of 10 playable heroes from the Shovel Knight universe are promised, each with its own unique power and play style.

Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, which features a new soundtrack by Jake Kaufman, will include a Story Mode for one daring adventurer, plus a two-player Versus mode focussing on head-to-head competition. There's no word yet on release platforms or a launch date for Shovel Knight Pocket Dungeon, but hopefully Yacht Club will share additional details soon.

Elsewhere, Yacht Club has offered a minor update on its previously revealed other Shovel Knight spin-off, Shovel Knight Dig. The developer says work on this downward digging arcade adventure is going well, and the game is now expected to release sometime next year.

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