This is my script for my upcoming Youtube video. Also, there are no spoilers in this review (tried to keep the storyline as basic as possible) and while I haven't completed the game, I've put a good bit of hours into Cyber Shadow. I just keep dying constantly so I keep having to restart LOL
In the year 2020, there may not have been any sort of general direct, but Nintendo did have quite a few Indie World showcases throughout the year. However, near the end of 2020, Nintendo had yet another indie showcase, and during that showcase, Cyber-Shadow was shown, and it definitely caught my eye due to its retro graphical style and 2D platforming that was shown off in the trailer.
Story of the game:
Here in Cyber Shadow, you are a ninja named Shadow, and evil has suddenly taken hold of everything. Your clan is disappearing quickly, the master is nowhere to be found, and synthetic life forms are terrorizing everything that they can find. In order to save your clan and the master, Shadow must set out on a journey that could lead to his potential ruin. Who can Shadow trust? How far will Shadow go? All those answers can be found within Cyber-Shadow as you progress throughout the game, taking out your enemies, traversing through different levels, and getting power ups from your fallen clan members.
I’ve got to admit, I love the way that they tell the story here in Cyber-Shadow. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat, and I thought the cutscenes in between certain missions was a nice touch. It was something that I wasn’t really expecting when I bought this game, but after playing through the game, the animated cutscenes that they added here in Cyber-Shadow were very well done and added a lot more depth to the story. I can tell that they put a lot of time and effort into this game’s story, and it really shows when you actually sit down and play the game.
In regards to Cyber Shadow’s gameplay, the gameplay itself is very simple in terms of what you actually do. Here in Cyber Shadow, you will leap, dash, and slice your way through whatever foe stands in your way. Sounds simple enough, right?
Well, that is where you are completely wrong. While Cyber Shadow seems like an easy game on the surface, this game is far from that in reality. In fact, it is probably one of the hardest games I have played in quite some time. If you grew up in the 80s and 90s with the NES and SNES, you probably know that those consoles had some unbelievably hard video games, and Cyber Shadow emulates that difficulty to a certain extent here on the Switch in 2021. The difficulty is probably my biggest complaint about the game. If you are someone who does not like difficult games and you want a more “casual” 2d platformer, I suggest you stay away from Cyber Shadow. This game constantly keeps you on your toes due to how many enemies you have to fight and how intense each level is.
In order to progress throughout the game, you must jump, dash, and slice your way through enemies and bosses alike, while relentlessly attacking you. On top of that, you have to make sure you do not fall into any sort of trap that each level has in store for you, so you have to keep your eyes peeled in order not to be thwarted by the level design itself!
As you beat each level, you will gain new abilities that will aid you in your quest throughout the entire game. The abilities such as: dash, wall jump, and many others are all very important throughout the entirety of the game. When it comes to these abilities, almost every single one of them is easy to get used to, except for the one where you can block enemy projectiles. For me personally, this one was the most difficult to use because of the timing that you have to have in order to use it. Also, it is difficult to block projectiles when there are 5 enemies around you or multiple projectiles being shot your way. My suggestion is that you use the d-pad while using this maneuver, because when I would use the joystick, it would not work most of the time.
Overall, the gameplay here in Cyber Shadow can be described as smooth, simple, yet difficult as the game progresses. The gameplay challenges you differently in each and every level, and if I have any advice for anyone wanting to play this game, use the d-pad, it makes life a lot easier here in Cyber Shadow. I can definitely tell that the game was heavily influenced from other game franchises, but at the end of the end of the day, the developers did a good job at making this game unique within its own right.
How it runs/Graphical Style/Music:
In terms of how this game runs on the Nintendo Switch, it is not an intense game in terms of really anything, so within docked and handheld mode, this game runs super smooth, so there are no issues there. However, despite this game running smooth, that isn’t even the best part about owning Cyber Shadow here on the Switch.
Probably my favorite quality about Cyber Shadow is that the music in this game is fantastic. I have it muted due to Youtube handing out random copyright strikes to channels, but if you have the chance to go listen to the game’s soundtrack, go listen to it immediately. Cyber-Shadow probably has one of best soundtracks that I have ever heard in a video game for quite some time.
Also, if you haven’t already noticed, Cyber Shadow looks like a game from the Nintendo Entertainment System. The developers meant to do that with Cyber Shadow, and I have to admit, the 8-bit retro look here in Cyber Shadow is quite nice. I think it fits really well with the whole theme and aesthetic of the game overall, so I think it was well justified to have this type of art style in this game.
Wrapping Up the Video/Rating the Game:
In my opinion, Cyber Shadow is a solid 2D platformer here on the Nintendo Switch. The developer definitely took some inspiration from other games, but they made it their own unique game at the end of the day, and I think that’s what really matters to me. Cyber Shadow offers that 8 bit retro style combined with the difficulty that some of those retro games had from the 80s and 90s. While I appreciate the retro look, the gameplay within itself is solid as well. It’s smooth, easy to understand, and with all the other abilities that you get in the game, they did a good job at utilizing everything that you unlock in the game for each chapter. If there is one downside to the game, I think the game is quite difficult, and for many people who may be interested in this game, I think the difficulty will steer some people clear of this game.
However, one of the best portions of this game is the soundtrack, and in my opinion, it’s probably one of the best soundtracks that I have heard in quite some time.
While this game is solid, Cyber Shadow is not a game that is going to completely blow you away. So for me, I rate this game an 8 out of 10 at the end of the day. If you want a difficult 2d platformer with smooth gameplay and a great soundtrack, Cyber Shadow is definitely a game you should be looking at getting. The great thing is, it’s also cheap, so if you are interested, go ahead and pick it up!
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