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Posted: 12 months ago, last updated 8 months ago.

Author: Ben Kendall, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Cyber Shadow is a retro running and jumping game where you defeat enemies and dodge obstacles. It combines classic 90's platforming games with modern controls and checkpoints that make it more enjoyable and approachable. Dodge and attack midair to progress through the difficult, but not punishing, levels filled with checkpoints and power-ups in a game that combines the best of classic and modern gaming.

You play Cyber-Shadow, a cyborg ninja who awakens to find his clan and the citizens of Mekacity at the mercy of malignant, synthetic aliens harvesting them for power. You must defeat them, and meet the master of the clan, who you discover unleashed the terror on the city to save his dying daughter. Defeat him to free his daughter of her dying body and reunite with her on the spiritual plane of existence.

Play involves jumping over spikes and other treacherous traps and using your sword and powerups to defeat enemies. While there are many quite difficult sections, there are checkpoints, which you can upgrade to give you useful abilities, such as a flying attack disk that is controlled by Cyber-Shadow's momentum. It's this combination of the tried and tested platforming with the constant introduction of new mechanics that allows Cyber Shadow to truly differentiate itself.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 26/01/2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4, PS5, Switch and Xbox One

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 10+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Fighting and Platform

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Meka Skull (@MekaSkull)

 

ListsLists

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 5 hours and 14 hours to complete. With checkpoints occasionally spaced quite far apart and several difficult areas, the time to beat will vary depending on your skill and experience with other games in the genre.
 

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Implied Violence and Mild Violence.

Skill Rating

10+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game.

CostsCosts

Cyber Shadow usually costs £15.99 to £17.99.
 

Cyber Shadow

XBox Store Xbox One £16.74
PlayStation Store PS5 £15.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £15.99
Steam Store PC £17.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99
App Store Mac £17.99
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Our Cyber Shadow Accessibility Report documents 24 accessibility features:
The text throughout the game is all large and has high contrast, and the game is bright but sometimes the visual style can make it hard to discern what's what, be it an enemy, obstacle, or background decoration. As it is a 2D game, the levels are easily navigated, and the level select is clear on where you've been, what you can do next, and what you still need to unlock.

In the settings, you can disable lots of different graphics options, including screen flashes, shake, and more.

There are many instances where you'll need to be precise with the button presses and press buttons rapidly, especially in some of the more difficult areas.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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