Shadowgun Review – A visually stunning 3rd-person blaster

On December 18, 2011

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Shadowgun Review – A visually stunning 3rd-person blaster

Our rating:

By: MADFINGER Games, a.s.

Version #: 1.0.4

Date Released: 2011-10-18


Price: 4.99

User Rating:

The iPhone never ceases to impress with how much it can handle in terms of in-game graphics. While Gameloft’s N.O.V.A was the previous benchmark for how good an iPhone game can look, Shadowgun is definitely the new king of the hill in that area.

The game is filled with the kind of shading, light filtering, and physics that wouldn’t look too bad on one of the big consoles. Bits of debris fly as you exchange fire with hordes of surprisingly intelligent mutants, and their bodies crumple satisfyingly when you’ve plugged them full of whatever oversized cock-gun you may be wielding.

But is it any good overall? The plot in Shadowgun is typical big-dicked macho pap, as you play a bounty hunter tasked with taking out a mutant army. Let’s face it, no one expected anything more profound.

The game takes you through a series of environments, most of which are murky and industrial. There is a decent variety of enemies to blast your way through, and some of the boss battles are a joy to play as well as behold.

Shadowgun uses cover mechanics similar to those that seem to define just about every 3rd-person action game out there. While I find this gameplay style somewhat repetitive, the mechanics work well and will feel natural to those used to hit games such as Gears of War or Uncharted.

Shadowgun looks incredible and plays very well, but it could’ve utilised its visuals better by featuring more varied and colourful environments. Likewise, the gameplay is fundamentally sound but the levels soon start feeling repetitive. Still, there are some great action set-pieces and it’s nice to look at while it lasts.

Quick Take


Would I Buy Again:Yes

Learning Curve:Low - Gameplay feels intuitive

Who Is It For:Fans of big, blasty action games

What I Like:Stunning graphics

What I Don't Like:Lack of imagination in plot, gameplay and environments

Final Statement:A visually stunning shooter let down slightly by everything listed above

Read the Developer's Notes:
? Number One Game in 15 Countries, Top 5 in the 50 Countries, Including US, Japan, UK, France, Spain, Italy, China... Thank You !!!! ?

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** Devices may need to be reboot before playing game **
** Close other games or applications from your task list before playing game ** "Spectacular mobile gaming achievement" "This game looks incredible, and plays better." "This game is a no brainer for any serious iOS gamer" "The best third-person action game available on mobiles, with stunning graphics and tight controls" "Everything from the graphics to the sound is top notch" "Stunning Third Person Shooter" "One of the best shooter games" "Is quite simply the current pinnacle of iOS gaming, and nothing else even comes close." - "Shadowgun is an engrossing game, an adventure that once you pick up you won’t be able to put down"

The year is 2350, and corrupt intergalactic corporations are the rule of law, hiring bounty hunters and mercs to do their bidding. The best of the best are known as SHADOWGUNS.

SHADOWGUN puts you into the role of John Slade, the galaxy’s most infamous bounty hunter. Your mission: hunt down Dr. Edgar Simon, maniacal genius and leader of his own mutant army. Infiltrate Dr. Simon’s mountain fortress and fight his personal guard of cyborgs, battle droids, and genetically-enhanced humanoids. Using state-of-the-art weaponry, ships, and the assistance of S.A.R.A.—Slade’s personal android assistant—SHADOWGUN combines intense tactical combat with 3rd person action.

- Featuring the most advanced combat A.I. to date—enemies flank, seek cover, and utilize teamwork to take you down! Battle automated sentries, aerial drones, and other lethal foes—tactical maneuvers are based upon actual military strategy!
- Solve hacking mini-games to whet your nerdly appetite, then get back to blasting!

- It ain’t just pretty—it’s gorgeous! Advanced lighting effects, beautifully rendered environments, and pro voices make this one of the most advanced games for your smartphone!

- Immersive storyline with multiple outcomes! You decide how it ends!
- The first installment in a major franchise!
- Unlock the detailed “Shadowpedia”, and read more about the SHADOWGUN universe!

- Survive the onslaught of Dr. Simon’s deadly creations, including level bosses, mutated grunts, killer machines, and more!

? 3GS Users - Buy SHADOWGUN on your own risk, we enabled this option only because our fans asked for it.

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