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It has been a while since we have seen a good platform game for the PC, partly because the genre is in decline. The Earthworm Jim series broke some new ground, though no company wanted to follow up. Enter Disney and Cold Shadow. Cold Shadow is a game that can be enjoyed by both kids and grown ups. With so many hidden secrets throughout the game, it offers great variety. Cold Shadow has all the makings of your standard platform game, though it doesn't offer anything particularly original that would mark this game as revolutionary.
There is not a lot to say about a platform game any 8 year old child could not tell you better. However, in a year suffering a tidalwave of bad PC game titles, Cold Shadow is a quality game. Cold Shadow's native windows support removes the usual hardware headaches. With great art, catchy music and fun levels to explore, Cold Shadow is a surprise hit.
With Disney at the helm you'd expect a polished product, and that's what you get. Despite exemplary animation, lush backgrounds, and ingenious design, this is hardly cutting-edge stuff, but it's good fun. Surprisingly, the difficulty level seems geared toward experienced players - wickle kids and ham-fisted elders may find it too frustrating. If you're a hardened Mario-head this could well turn your head. It's quite big, too.