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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.


Shadowgrounds Windows With the Flame Traps upgrade, you can make the Fire Wall.
Shadowgrounds Windows Wesley must evacuate himself or he will be dead.
Shadowgrounds Windows The way is blocked by crabs.
Shadowgrounds Windows Let's burn some monsters...

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Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

A top-down shooter? That's 80's! Windows Marko Poutiainen (1160)
Alien Breed lives again and gets an update as well! Windows adam payne (18)

Critic Reviews

Pelit Windows Dec, 2005 90 out of 100 90
Gamigo Windows Dec 09, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Gameslave UK Windows May 30, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gameguru Mania Windows May 20, 2006 78 out of 100 78
Out Of Eight Windows May 13, 2006 6 out of 8 75
Deeko Windows May 27, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GamerDad Windows May 22, 2006 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Indie Game Magazine Windows Jun 14, 2011 68 out of 100 68
Digital Entertainment News (den) Windows Aug 06, 2006 6.2 out of 10 62
Factornews Windows Feb 24, 2006 5 out of 10 50


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Linux version

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

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