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Shu Review

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Posted: 8 weeks ago, last updated 7 weeks ago.

Author: Thom Robertson and @GeekDadGamer.


Shu is a platform game where you are a member of a bird tribe tasks with returning villagers back home and escaping from a purple cloud monster. You jump and glide your way around the world, meeting new villagers and characters who daisy-chain with your swinging and gliding to expand your running and jumping abilities.

There are five different worlds and lots of levels to explore. Once completed, each level can be repeated to take on a time-trail race against your previous times. There are collectables such as gold butterflies (coins) and babies, as well as a special award for completing the level without dying once.

As you progress you meet and recruit characters to join you. Each of the ten different additions to your group offer specific abilities, from a ground stomp to get through barriers to being able to open up flowers to access new areas and platforms.

With hazardous objects and hard to reach platforms, Shu takes inspiration from Donkey Kong Country and Rayman games. However, Shu adds a unique storyline and the team-up-with-characters ability that makes it an interesting game in its own right.

DetailsGame Details


Release Date: 04/10/2016, updated in 2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: @CoatSink


Duration: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.
Players: This is a single player game.


Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violcence. Features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. While the characters and places in this game are child-friendly, they get attacked by a menacing smoke monster.

ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.


Accessibility for this game is as follows:
System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping)... read more about system accessibility settings.

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