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  • Summary: The world has been taken over by synthetic lifeforms. A desperate plea for help sets Shadow, the sole survivor of his clan, on one last mission to uncover what started the path to perpetual ruin.

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Cyber Shadow PAX East 2019 Gameplay: Unleashing Dark Robot Ninjutsu
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jan 26, 2021
    100
    Cyber Shadow by Mechanical Head Games is an 8-Bit masterpiece entangled in a beautiful, dystopian world of ninjas action and deadly automatons.
  2. Feb 1, 2021
    90
    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.
  3. Jan 27, 2021
    89
    Playing Cyber Shadow is like stepping through a portal and being transferred back to the late 80's - early 90's. High nostalgia factor aside, it's a finely crafted sidescrolling action platformer in and of itself and should not be overlooked by fans of the genre.
  4. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    Cyber Shadow's excellent gameplay, level design, variety, and music make it a great modernization of the classic Ninja Gaiden formula.
  5. Jan 25, 2021
    80
    There's a lot I like about Cyber Shadow. Its soundtrack is amazing, its environments are impressively designed, and its story steadily pulled me along. What holds it back, to some extent, is that it feels like it's made for people who've already played a hundred games just like it. Cyber Shadow is a product made for fans of an incredibly specific sort of gaming experience, and effectively no one else.
  6. Feb 7, 2021
    79
    Cyber Shadow is a hell of a ride for those who worship 8-Bit aesthetics. Yacht Club Games and Mekaskull deliver a splendid homage to the NES, even though many checkpoints will heavily punish your ego.
  7. Feb 3, 2021
    70
    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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Jan 28, 2021
    10
    The best game with the word “Cyber” in it to come out in the last two months.
  2. Jan 30, 2021
    10
    Jogão, muito bom relembrar os classicos do nintendinho como Ninja gaiden.Jogão, muito bom relembrar os classicos do nintendinho como Ninja gaiden.
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  3. Feb 1, 2021
    9
    If you enjoyed older Natsume platformers or Batman on NES, you're going to enjoy this plenty I think. It's hard, it's fun, I've come aroundIf you enjoyed older Natsume platformers or Batman on NES, you're going to enjoy this plenty I think. It's hard, it's fun, I've come around from disliking some of the soundtrack to enjoying most of it. About my only gripes are storyline-related and some wonky timing on parries, but all in all, had plenty of fun! Expand
  4. Feb 15, 2021
    8
    Cyber shadow is a side-scrolling action-platformer in which you play as a ninja trying to save the last of your clan after a mad-scientistCyber shadow is a side-scrolling action-platformer in which you play as a ninja trying to save the last of your clan after a mad-scientist causes city-wide destruction in a last desperate attempt to save his dying daughter. Throughout Cyber Shadow’s short and sweet play time of roughly seven to ten hours, you will face many tough challenges, but I had a great time playing this game, and I think anyone with a taste for hard-but-fair games will love this game too. It presents itself as a classic-looking and -sounding game with an old-school difficulty level. In some ways, its first impression is accurate; the game gives you a set of tight controls and a few abilities to work with, and makes you master them in order to progress. You start with a limited amount of health and energy, and extra health pickups are few and far between. However, Cyber Shadow also thankfully includes a few new-school mechanics to minimize frustration and smooth out the player’s experience. First, the game spreads out its checkpoints perfectly. This isn’t to say the game floods you with them though. In fact, Cyber Shadow intelligently places its checkpoints far enough apart to give a sense of tension, without straining your endurance past its breaking point. Also, if you collect enough of the game’s currency, you’ll be able to upgrade some checkpoints, allowing them to fully restore your health and/or SP, or even give them the ability to synthesize other power-ups for you too, such as a shield or an auto-turret, to name a couple. Thanks to Mechanical Head Games’ careful execution of all these elements, we get the best of both worlds in Cyber Shadow: tough, retro-feeling difficulty, with friendly, more modern enhancements that make the game a great experience to play. And, just as Cyber Shadow’s difficulty stays true to its clear inspirations, its pixel art style and chiptune soundtrack also add to the game’s retro feel. Each section of the game has its own distinct look and sound, and the sparsely scattered cutscenes are simple but atmospheric, channeling both the minimalistic feel of 8-bit era games and classic samurai movies. Enemies and projectiles are all visually distinct from each other, and contrast well with the environment and background. Little touches like the lightning effects on certain attacks or the way your character’s headband flows behind you really show exactly how much work the developer put into the aesthetic of this game.

    Cyber Shadow does a lot of work with what it has, and doesn’t overstay its welcome for a second. The difficulty, while tough, never feels unfair and really helps you appreciate the game’s rock-solid movement mechanics. With a couple hidden secrets and optional challenge rooms, Cyber Shadow leaves enough optional content to make exploration worthwhile without getting stale. If you like a challenge, or are a fan of 8-bit era games, I highly recommend checking this game out.
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  5. Mar 10, 2021
    5
    Good game for retro game lovers, but it ain't another messenger. Retro visual design and feel of Nintendo/SEGA games, however level design isGood game for retro game lovers, but it ain't another messenger. Retro visual design and feel of Nintendo/SEGA games, however level design is old and boring, many mechanics are also kept old and clunky: you can't sit or change the direction of your strike, too many annoying flying enemies, the difficulty of levels feels artificially increased by littering death traps, and it's just not as good as The Messenger... feels too old and not needed now, in 2021. Expand
  6. Mar 11, 2021
    5
    The most "meh" game Iv ever played.

    Lets be honest for a second, games like this have been done to death. You cant turn your head without
    The most "meh" game Iv ever played.

    Lets be honest for a second, games like this have been done to death. You cant turn your head without seeing some new retro themed side scroller these days and sadly Cyber Shadow doesn't really do much to stand out from the crowd. So it begs to question, why play this when there are other games available that do what cyber shadow attempts but better?

    Just Play The Messenger or Shovel Knight both offer a way more robust and memorable experience for a cheaper price.
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  7. Jan 28, 2021
    0
    I thought I would find a game more similar to messenger, the game seemed slow and boring

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