Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 11, 2012
    Shad'O is a beautiful story of overcoming one's fears wrapped in a TD-style gameplay.
  2. Oct 9, 2012
    Shad'O is a classic tower defense characterized by a beautiful artistic design and a fairytale atmosphere. Unfortunately it is quite repetitious and it has some difficulty balancing issues.
  3. Oct 10, 2012
    Shad'O has a nice story which is interwoven with classic tower defense gameplay. The gameplay doesn't offer much innovation but the beautiful surroundings sure make up for that.
  4. Sep 28, 2012
    Shad'O may not offer much in the way of new gameplay mechanics over the countless other tower defense games already available, but it distinguishes itself through its striking art design and compelling narrative.
  5. Nov 4, 2012
    Shado'O offers a solid tower defense experience, albeit one that doesn't take advantage of its unique setting and story. While mechanically sound, despite some frustrations when it comes to unit placement around the fog, it's nothing you probably haven't played before.
  6. Sep 12, 2012
    As an independent game developed by a little french studio, Shad'O couldn't rival the big productions that were released this last year. But as a Tower Defense title, Shad'O appears to be interesting. Its scenario, its poetic atmosphere and clever gameplay features bring something original to the IP compared to similar titles. The main problem is its unbalanced fighting system, some of the different units under our spell being either useless, or enter the fight too late leading to unpredictable sessions.
  7. Sep 18, 2012
    A classic but nicely designed Tower Defense game. with few modes of play. There is some balance issues, but for a newcomer in the genre, its difficulty might prove interesting.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 45 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 6 out of 17
  1. Sep 18, 2012
    After playing three levels, I was about to switch the sounds off. It's real cacophony... Not enough levels, nil balancing, no play mode, no muliplayer mode, Full Review »
  2. Sep 18, 2012
    An original Tower Defense/ Real time realistic fog never seen before/An immersive Storytelling/Fantastic visual environments/Impressive Boss fights/Enchanting music soundtrack Full Review »
  3. Sep 7, 2012
    Shad'O is a very nice tower defense game developed by a French gaming company. I'm about halfway through the game right now and I've found it to be very enjoyable. Controlling the friends of the young boy William, you need to fight back the darkness which has enveloped his memories. Graphically, this game is wonderful. The maps are dark, a little creepy, and at the same time accessible to younger players. The towers have a cartoony, quilted, stuffed animal look to them which fits very well into the overall theme. The gameplay is nice enough; the gimmick in this tower defense is that you can only build in areas from which the darkness has been driven, which limits your initial tower placement and makes tower placement very important. You can spread your towers out to try to reach more advantageous areas of the map, or clump them together for a more focused result. The spells available in the game are also interesting and varied; there are a few attack spells, spells to protect your towers, spells to heal your memories at the expense of your towers, etc. Overall, the spells are balanced and they are all useful. Shad'O also includes some "puzzle" maps, which have their own set of rules. One map, for example, has towers pre-built throughout the map, but you can only activate one at a time - leading a series of hectic yet strategic decisions on which tower should be active at any given time. These special maps aren't necessary to complete the game, but finishing them does give you small advantages on all maps. Unfortunately, aside from the darkness mechanic, this game has very little to offer mechanically that other tower defense games don't already have. Also, even on fairly powerful machines, you may experience some slowdowns. For some reason it is very demanding on one's video card and CPU. Still, it is very fun, well produced, and well worth your time. Full Review »