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Raptor is a vertically-scrolling shoot 'em up. It features smooth scrolling VGA graphics, a variety of enemies on ground, air and sea, and an original soundtrack.

After completing each level you have the option of upgrading your ship with a powerful arsenal of weapons and goodies. Some weapons are effective on only ground or air targets, while some are on both. There are some really advanced weapons like the auto-track mini-gun which can effectively destroy almost any kind of targets without aiming the ship.

Dying in shoot'em ups can be annoying, especially if you have to start all over the beginning. However, in Raptor you can save your game between each level. If you have enough credit you can even buy multiple shields for further protection.

The 2010 edition of Raptor: Call of the Shadows includes improved graphics and native support for higher resolutions (640x400, 960x600 and 1280x800). Standard graphics are also available.


Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS Final boss of episode 1
Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS ANSI art logo used in the "Online Edition" (downloadable) shareware installer.
Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS Game over
Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS Choppers

Promo Images

Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "Raptor: Call of the Shadows - 2015 Edition" -- Windows Steam title
  • "Raptor: Call of the Shadows - 2010 Edition" -- Downloadable re-release title
  • "Mercenary 2029" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Wham and splatter Maw (884) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The most visceral and intense top-down shooter ever made Bob The Wanderer (4) unrated
Classic shooter action for the PC. Raptor KICKS YOUR ASS!! Zovni (10627) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A great top-down shooter. Archagon (113) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
This is still one of my favourites wossname (209) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
The most acclaimed PC shoot'em up ever IJan (1990) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
This set the standards in '94. Sam Tinianow (116) unrated
Par for the course in a stale genre James Hague (17) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
A classic. Tomer Gabel (4634) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit Apr 09, 2006 6 out of 6 100
Pelit Apr, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jul, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Svenska Hemdatornytt Jul, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Gamer Sep, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Score Jul, 1994 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) Jun, 1994 71 out of 100 71
Power Play Jun, 1994 71 out of 100 71
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Oct 06, 2021 4 out of 6 67
PC Review (UK) Jun, 1994 6 out of 10 60


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Origin of the game's name

The name "Raptor" came from the Cygnus guys going to see the original Jurassic Park movie with the id guys and thinking that "Raptor" made a better game name then "Mercenary" (working title).

Shareware version

In the shareware version (which contains 1/3 of the game), you can play indefinitely, if you managed to survive the final boss level. You are simply sent back to level 1, with your score intact!


  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Shareware Game in 1994

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IJan (1990) added Raptor: Call of the Shadows (DOS) on Dec 02, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (780625), IJan (1990) and LepricahnsGold (142483)
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