Cyber Shadow is a game that wears its influences on its sleeve and brilliantly weaves together the best elements from the 8-bit era of action-platforming titles. It is able to tell a story with more heart and depth than usually possible through this specific aesthetic. With a soundtrack that sounds like it came out of a lost Nintendo cartridge, following Shadow's journey is a thrilling ride with edge-of-your-seat combat hiding behind every corner. The game's difficulty may turn players away, but that has always been the case with older games such as Castlevania or Master Blaster. You may perish a lot, but the game is so good, you're going to want to keep trying to see how it all plays out.
An excellent homage to old school platforming. The gameplay is demanding and not for the timid. No victory will be handed to you that you do not earn. Those looking for an enjoyable oldschool challenge need look no further.
I love how true they were to 8 bit art. Everything was super well made. The difficulty was pretty brutal, but it's so satisfying. I just wish there were more of it! Apparently there's a ton more story that the developers haven't added. Hopefully we'll see some DLC
Just as with Shovel Knight, the other game published by Yacht Club Games, Cyber Shadow is a true homage to classic NES games, in particular to the Ninja Gaiden trilogy. It has all the elements that we remember fondly from those years, such as a retro sound and looks, but it complements them with modern gameplay mechanics. If we take off some of its visual effects and its resolution, I do see myself playing it in a classic 8-bit console. You only need the directional pad and two buttons to play it.
Cyber Shadow is a solid retro throwback with a few things that drag it down. The feeling of becoming more powerful and being able to take down huge enemy threats with your wits and skills is very rewarding, and the levels when you can use your abilities more freely to overcome challenges are quite fun. It's the trial-and-error areas littered with cheap deaths, demanding exact precision over long and frustrating stretches, that hamper the experience. Still, if you're looking for an old-school-styled ninja game that will test your skills (and sometimes your patience), Cyber Shadow is a worthy contender.
« Tight controls » is usually used to describe a game that is precise and responsive, and therefore doesn’t get in the way of the player. But can the controls **** be too tight? Cyber Shadow provides an answer to that question. If you’re off by a few pixels, or a few frames late or early, the game will consider you have fallen short, and your parry, wall grab, or jump even, will fail.
It’s a shame, because this means that in the end, as far as fun goes, it is the the game itself that falls short.
SummaryThe world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow on a journey to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin. Slash through the techno hordes, leap past traps, and nimbly navigate the ruins of Mekacity. Only you can unlock the secrets to your clan's ancient powers in Cyber Shadow, the quinte...