ShadowGun – The Android Game Review
Once of the most highly anticipated Android games in recent memory came out this week in the form of ShadowGun from Madfinger games. Most true gamers knew this game was coming, and if you’ve never heard of the game until now, it’s time to for you to find out what all the hype is about. The the thing about “highly anticipated” games is the fact that you never quite know what you’re going to get until you start actually start playing. Screenshots can fool the eye, and gameplay trailers are just that… trailers. I had seen all the screens and videos involving ShadowGun so I had a decent idea of what to expect going in. I got a nice surprise when I fired up the game as ShadowGun definitely delivers in the looks department, but it’s also a blast to play as well.
ShadowGun is a 3rd person shooter, and the controls are as easy to use as any other shooter I’ve played on Android thus far. You have your virtual joystick and a series of buttons on-screen that do your firing, weapon changing, and reloading. All the controls are customizable where you can change the placement on screen along with a few other tweaks. You basically run with the joystick and look around by swiping the right side of the screen. Normally I don’t spend a lot of time looking around in Android Shooter games, but ShadowGun is different as it looks so damned good you want to browse around a bit. Another good reason to “stop and smell the roses” is the fact you’ll get mowed down quickly if you just to run through the game.
The AI is Excellent in this game, and I’ve been taken down quite a bit so far which is a nice change from similar games where I can’t seem to die. Your health does seem to regenerate a bit, but trust me when I say you can be taken out quickly. The first time I actually got flanked, I was too impressed to be pissed lol. It’s a definite change from games like BackStab or Black Pegasus where the enemies don’t actually pose much of a threat. I think I’m on the 4th or 5th level now and I’ve fought quite a few different enemies like cyborg infantry, mutated soldiers, robot sentries, flying robots, and robotic spiders…I’ve grown to hate the spiders with a passion. I’ve even had a big boss battle which was great as there aren’t enough “big bosses” in games these days.
Normally, this is the part where I go through how many levels you’ll get, etc… Well, I’m unsure of the level count, but there is an option to replay levels from the main menu (which are locked) and it shows 10 levels so I’m going with that. Madfinger’s site says around 5 hours of gameplay, but this isn’t an easy game so I’m thinking it will take your average gamer a bit more time than that; I’m right around 3 hours in myself and seem to be about halfway through the game. One cool little feature I liked are the Hacking puzzles where you’ll be given a pattern to remember and follow to unlock certain doors. These are randomly placed, and I believe I’ve encountered three so far. There are also “Skull Logo’s” hidden around the levels which give you access to the bonus cards in the Extras menu. There are 16 cards in all, and each card will give you information about a certain thing from within the game; nothing super fancy, but still a nice touch nonetheless. ShadowGun also has options to alter your control scheme in several different ways including left handed aiming and Gamepad setup.
Personally, I think ShadowGun is the best console style game I’ve played on Android, if not the best game period. I’m also not exaggerating in the least when I say it’s by far the best looking game I’ve seen for the platform so far. I’ve said that about games a few times over the past year then something new comes along and I have to say it again. I don’t mind going back on my word in these cases as it just goes to show how Awesome Android games are becoming, and how far they’ve come from just a year ago. Graphics aside, the game also ran great and it did so on my Captivate with a little help from Chainfire 3D. That’s says a lot, as I’ve seen games that don’t have half the graphics run poorly on my phone and other devices. The entire time I’ve been playing it I’ve experienced no lag, graphics problems or any other issues; the load times aren’t even too bad between levels.
In a nutshell, if you like 3rd person shooters, you need to get this game. If you like games with jaw-dropping graphics, you need to get this game. If you liked Gears of War, you definitely need to get this game… Hell, if you just want to show off the awesomeness of your phone you should get it. Madfinger knocked it out of the park with ShadowGun; its $5.99 in the market and it’s a game everyone should check out if they can.