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Posted: 3 months ago.

Author: @GrowingUpGamers, @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Shadows Over Loathing is a (slap)stick-figure adventure full of mobsters, monsters, and mysteries, set in a fantasy-horror version of 1920's prohibition-era United States. You play as a paranormal detective following a trail of cursed artefacts in hope of finding your missing uncle. Shadows Over Loathing stands out not only for its black and white stick figures but for its sense of humour, story, and character-based puzzle solving.

Play consists of point-and-click exploration, where you choose something or someone that looks interesting to talk to or interact with it. To progress you need the right characteristics to match what you are trying to do. For example, have a Muscle score of 5 to push a boulder out of the way, or Stench Armour of 4 to go into a place that smells very bad.

To progress you use the items and equipment you find to change your stats. You can also eat food or drink a potion to gain a needed bonus temporarily. Collecting gear and consumables becomes an important way to continue exploring. In this way you traverse several maps worth of wacky locations, interacting with the characters and puzzles you find, and engaging in turn-based combats.

The result is a game about exploration and puzzles. Despite the fantasy horror setting, it's a light-hearted game that leans heavily on story, jokes and puns (almost every interaction provides some kind of story or joke).

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/11/2022

Platforms: Mac and PC

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click (Communication, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 38 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Asym (@Asym)




Play Time: This game will take between 23 hours and 33 hours to complete.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 16.

Most of the horror plot elements land closer to Scooby-Do and Ghostbusters than Call of Cthulhu, and the instances that depict violent or gory acts are of events that have already happened when you arrive (ie static scene, like a pool of blood), but it is worth noting despite the cute graphics and humor that the original source material is fairly disturbing.

Skill Rating

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There's a lot of reading in the game, and the sense of humour isn't to everyone's taste. But for those that like the silly characters and scenarios there's a lot to enjoy.


Shadows Over Loathing usually costs £19.99.

Shadows Over Loathing

Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


Our Shadows Over Loathing Accessibility Report documents 38 accessibility features:
Shadows Over Loathing is a comedy game and has some settings in the options menu that are presented in such a way as to be funny or even only exist for comedic effect, so if you encounter an option that doesn't seem to do anything significant, it is probably intended for fun. Example: HDR Rendering (High Dynamic Range Rendering)- This is a graphics setting that isn't relevant in a game with only black and white line art, it's so unnecessary that it is absurd and there as a joke.

There are 5 difficulty options (Easy, Relaxed, Normal, Hard, and Eleven).

There is a lot of text in the game, a large portion of gameplay is reading story vignettes and sometimes choosing responses, and most of the text in the game is very clear and high contrast, but lands on small side of the acceptable range accessible text. However, the menu text that has a lot of relevant information for gameplay (such as your inventory, character sheet, journal, effects and perks on your character, and your abilities in combat) uses a text size that is smaller than is comfortable.

Only the Keyboard controls can be remapped, not gamepad or mouse inputs. The game is 2D and doesn't use the type of movement usually associated with the "Invert X-Y Axis" option, but it does have the option to invert the Y-axis, which swaps up and down inputs.

You are able to access the chalkboard in the Detective Agency at any time to look at your to-do list for your Main Quest and any side quests you have officially accepted. Some side quests will not be tracked automatically but you can take notes on the chalkboard as well. The game will provide recall assist by recapping details frequently. You can change the difficulty at any time, and failing a battle multiple times gives you a temporary complete the challenge.

In the options menu the game offers and Arachnophobia option, which makes it where you won't encounter any spiders. It also has an Arachnophilia mode, which states "you will encounter so many spiders" and unlocks spider-specific content in the game.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

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

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