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Shadow Watch is a turn-based tactical strategy game set in a near future world of international intrigue. The player has access to six characters, each of which has special skills. The game is played in a series of missions with each mission having a different goal, such as the stealthy retrieval of secret documents or the extermination of an enemy force.

Although it is often compared to Jagged Alliance and X-COM, Shadow Watch is only vaguely similar to those games. It has a unique action point system where all actions take the same number of action points but action point may be gained by events such as being shot or seeing an enemy. The game also features a morale system where if a character's action points go above their morale score they go berserk and become controlled by the computer until they can calm down. Also unlike the other games mentioned, Shadow Watch does not allow you to pick up weapons from fallen enemies. Instead, each character has predefined weapons and skills which make you use each character differently.


Shadow Watch Windows Level up and skill picking - Archer
Shadow Watch Windows Rescuing a Hostage at Fat Tony's
Shadow Watch Windows Raiding the Police Station
Shadow Watch Windows Raiding the Russians

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Nice comic-booky introduction to the world of turn-based squad tactics Zovni (9308) 3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars3.71 Stars
A really fun game with tactical and some RPG elements, with some unique and original ideas weregamer (157) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars

Critic Reviews

GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Apr 17, 2000 76 out of 100 76
Da Gameboyz Jul 09, 2004 7.375 out of 10 74
GameSpot Apr 12, 2000 7 out of 10 70
incite PC Gaming Apr, 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
GameSpy May 04, 2000 54 out of 100 54
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jun, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Mar 25, 2000 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Game Over Online Apr 10, 2000 48 out of 100 48
PC Games (Germany) Mar 01, 2000 45 out of 100 45
PC Player (Germany) May, 2000 31 out of 100 31


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Brian Robinson (68) added Shadow Watch (Windows) on Sep 25, 2000