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  • Summary: Tandem : A Tale of Shadows redefines the puzzle platformer genre with a unique gameplay and exceptional aesthetics. Help Emma and the teddy bear Fenton solve the mystery of the disappearance of the famous magician Thomas Kane.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. Oct 21, 2021
    90
    Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a short game, but each stage is well-crafted, with the puzzles being just difficult enough to make the player feel smart for solving them, while never being so obtuse that they become frustrating. The creepy world of toys and monsters in the Kane Manor is a lot of fun to explore, and learning how to change the shape of shadows to the player's need stays intriguing until the end.
  2. Oct 21, 2021
    85
    Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a pleasure to play through, leaving the burning desire to learn what’s next and a storm of emotions and feelings as the game’s storyline reaches its conclusion.
  3. Oct 21, 2021
    80
    Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a good game, which will be liked by lovers of puzzle games and those of gothic fairy tales.
  4. Oct 21, 2021
    70
    Tandem: A Tale of Shadows may be guilty of taking from any and every corner of the genre in constructing its challenges. But while it may zip from one set-up to the next — less-than-concerned with the through-line that ties it all together — the perspective-shifting, requiring of balancing overhead and side-scrolling puzzle-solving alike, just about delivers on the promise its set-up initially paints. Not just on the basis of a satisfying series of environments to conquer, but an admittedly-brief fascination on how everything ends up unravelling, let alone solved. It’s not everyday you stop to marvel for a second at the way two perspectives can play out at once, but that very trait is what Tandem: A Tale of Shadows shines on and in the end utilizes sufficiently well.
  5. Nov 24, 2021
    70
    It could use a stronger pairing of story and gameplay, but Tandem: A Tale of Shadows is a cleverly conceived puzzle-platformer stuffed full of dual-character, double-dimension obstacles to overcome.
  6. Oct 25, 2021
    70
    Tandem: A Tale of Shadows marries surreal graphics and unique gameplay to create a truly immersive and visually compelling game. Switching between a top-down and side-scroller view, Tandem is sure to keep you interested with its plethora of interesting ideas and mechanics. If you’re looking for a narrative-driven game, you might want to give Tandem a miss, but if you were after a unique and fresh puzzle platformer that won’t force you into a fit of frustration, then Tandem: A tale of Shadows is perfect for you.
  7. Oct 21, 2021
    40
    In spite of a unique aesthetic and passable puzzles, Tandem: A Tale of Shadows struggles to keep itself exciting. The almost complete lack of narrative thrust and droning gameplay progression drag it down from the moment it begins, and its failure to capitalize on its more attention-grabbing elements guarantees a disappointing experience out of a game that could have easily been more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 24, 2021
    10
    Only few games are captivating to the point of finishing the adventure in one go. The atmosphere of 'Tandem: A Tale of Shadows' is wonderful,Only few games are captivating to the point of finishing the adventure in one go. The atmosphere of 'Tandem: A Tale of Shadows' is wonderful, the main concept very inventive and discovering each new universe brings addiction at the higher level. Indie games have this particularity to provide unique experiences, and 'Tandem: A Tale of Shadows' is one of the best examples to date. Special mention to the captivating artistic direction, gorgeous from one game mode to another. Expand