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  • Summary: Shift through bullets, and master lightning-fast takedowns in an all new kind of action game from tinyBuild and Team Shifty. Mr. Shifty follows a teleportation-fueled heist to break into the world's most secure facility.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 9, 2017
    80
    Mr Shifty is a hectic brawler that is enjoyable in short bursts. You can happily power through a few stages and feel like a badass while you’re doing it. It is, however, a short experience, but there are enough challenges, variety and enjoyment to be had. In contrast to Hotline Miami’s brutal difficulty, you’d think Mr Shifty would be Hotline-lite, but you’d be far from wrong as it can stand tall as being one of best top-down brawlers.
  2. Apr 17, 2017
    80
    Mr. Shifty isn't a huge game in terms of length, but the three- to four-hour campaign is ample. It's like a shot of adrenalin, offering an exciting, intense experience, and it's easy to forgive the game's performance flaws when it so consistently makes you feel like a badass.
  3. May 1, 2017
    75
    Mr. Shifty is a fun concept that will last for approximately four hours. We would have liked to see more inspiring puzzles because it is a bit too short.
  4. Apr 15, 2017
    70
    This is a very interesting and challenging game, although it isn't as hard as other similar titles. It feels fresh, and if you like Hotline Miami-like action, it's a good choice.
  5. 70
    It’s always a really tough call when I have to put aside how much I enjoyed a game, and look at it objectively. Mr. Shifty has the bones of a truly well-made game, but it tires after a while. It’s tragic, because the mechanics are smooth, and tinyBuild was able to take an idea like from games like Hotline Miami and implement a superhero theme. The abilities are unique, the music is upbeat, the combat is fast-paced, but the variety just isn’t there. They could’ve added new abilities, new weapons and traps, or even just changed up the scenery. The entire campaign takes place in the same skyscraper, for goodness’ sake. I found Mr. Shifty to be one of the most entertaining titles I’ve played in a long time, personally. If teleportation and nods to comic book culture are elements that tickle your fancy, the repetitiveness might be a non-issue. If the developers want to appeal to a wider audience, however, some diversity should be added into the levels.
  6. Jun 2, 2017
    60
    Despite its shortcomings, Mr. Shifty is a fun adrenaline rush that tests your twitch reflexes and quick thinking. Each level has your heart pumping as you dodge bullets only to get hit by that one stray grenade. Death comes quickly, but respawns come even faster, and you will need them. While some levels can be frustrating due to difficulty spikes, you’ll get the hang of it eventually. And when you finally complete that one trouble spot, you’ll feel that rush of accomplishment. Mr. Shifty is a fun, competent action game that offers a brief, but great, rush of excitement that is only slightly marred by technical issues.
  7. Apr 19, 2017
    55
    A failed attempt to copy the Hotline Miami formula.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. May 14, 2019
    9
    I love games like this one; one-shot kills, try-and-die until you get it right. I'm (I think) around half-way through at the moment andI love games like this one; one-shot kills, try-and-die until you get it right. I'm (I think) around half-way through at the moment and having a great time. Whenever I get stuck /frustrated I go back and retry earlier levels to see if I can do them quicker/die less. Whilst it's soundtrack isn't bad, it's not on Hotline Miami/Katana Zero levels, but serves it's purpose.
    For fans of: Hotline Miami, Ronin, Katana Zero, Ape Out
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  2. Dec 21, 2018
    8
    Similar but worse than hyperlight drifter and monaco in most aspect. It is still a fun and exciting game. I like it. No replay value though.
  3. Oct 25, 2020
    8
    Although it's a bit short, it really is a fun game that surprised me quite a bit. On top this games feels quite nostalgic like old SNESAlthough it's a bit short, it really is a fun game that surprised me quite a bit. On top this games feels quite nostalgic like old SNES games.
    It's probably the fact that you only need three buttons to play it and the overall simplicity of the game. In the end it's what they do with that simple premise is what counts. And they mix it up quite a bit. From small puzzles to big survival matches to jump'n'run. You can play either pretty aggressive and barge into rooms or you can try to be sneaky and take out enemies. I think this option to shift from one playing style into the other is what made this experience so fun. Like I said, it's a bit short but it's worth the buy. Here are the titles that this game reminded me of ( if you like these games you might give Mr Shifty a shot):

    True Lies (SNES), Hotline Miami, DieHard1 (PS1), Hyperlight Drifter
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  4. May 17, 2017
    7
    Possessing a freshly interesting concept, Mr. Shifty could have been something more spectacular than a game that sets off promising but endsPossessing a freshly interesting concept, Mr. Shifty could have been something more spectacular than a game that sets off promising but ends up disappointingly annoying. Expand
  5. Jan 2, 2019
    7
    Mr. Shifty is a fast paced game that puts us in the shoes of a hero with the power to teleport himself and with the fighting skills of aMr. Shifty is a fast paced game that puts us in the shoes of a hero with the power to teleport himself and with the fighting skills of a ninja.

    Its a non-conventional fighting game in a top-down view perspective, with a very "cartoonish" style. With an interesting soundtrack and with a game mechanic that obviously was designed for controller, Mr. Shifty Is breathtaking, fast, challenging and extremely fun.

    Hope you all enjoy it.
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