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Shadowgrounds

Critic Score User Score
Linux
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4.0
Macintosh
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Windows
73
3.5
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Description

Shadowgrounds is arcade style top-down shoot 'em up for modern generation. The plot, which involves distant space colony invaded by shadow-loving monsters, develops throughout the game.

There are several different weapons to choose from and each can be upgraded as player sees it fit. Some weapons have more upgrades than others. Explosive barrels and other objects can be used to increase the body-count. And yes, there are big bosses to shoot out as well.

It's not all mindless carnage though, as the real-time lighting has been integrated into the gameplay itself. Most monsters don't like light and rather stay in the shadows, making your portable light important part of the gameplay. Monsters also get blinded for a short time if you point the light straight at their eyes. Together with more or less destructible settings, Shadowgrounds offers one of the most interactive environments in top-down arcade shooters.

Audiovisual department has features, such as the already mentioned real-time lighting, atmospheric sounds and gameplay-supporting soundtrack.

Screenshots

Shadowgrounds Windows Rocket Launcher.
Shadowgrounds Windows Main menu.
Shadowgrounds Windows Eliminating aliens near the Provectus crash site.
Shadowgrounds Windows Kill all monsters and get to the terminal.

Alternate Titles

  • "阴影地带" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Preyground" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A top-down shooter? That's so...so 80's! Windows Marko Poutiainen (1148)
Alien Breed lives again and gets an update as well! Windows adam payne (18)

Critic Reviews

AceGamez Windows 2006 9 out of 10 90
Gamer Within Windows May 17, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamigo Windows Dec 09, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gamerz-Edge Windows Jun 12, 2006 7.3 out of 10 73
PC Games (Germany) Windows Oct 24, 2005 73 out of 100 73
Hooked Gamers Windows May 18, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows May 18, 2006 68 out of 100 68
Game Shark Windows Jun 29, 2006 B- 67
G4 TV: X-Play Windows Jul 10, 2006 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Eurogamer.net (UK) Windows Jun 28, 2006 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Linux version

Support for NVIDIA's PhysX is only available on the Linux version.

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