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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 Windows Different ships fly and attack in different patterns (GOG version)
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Windows Taking out enemy fighter (GOG version)
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Windows Game launch setup (GOG version)
Raptor: Call of the Shadows DOS Sector selection

Promo Images

Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Screenshot
Raptor: Call of the Shadows Magazine Advertisement
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 DOS Maw (884)
The most visceral and intense top-down shooter ever made DOS Bob The Wanderer (4)
The only "Flight Game" I've ever enjoyed playing. Windows Dason Rise (20)
Classic shooter action for the PC. Raptor KICKS YOUR ASS!! DOS Zovni (10623)
Amazing how some old games are still better than new ones..... Windows ThE oNe (184)
A great top-down shooter. DOS Archagon (113)
This is still one of my favourites DOS wossname (209)
The most acclaimed PC shoot'em up ever DOS IJan (1990)
This set the standards in '94. DOS Sam Tinianow (116)
Par for the course in a stale genre DOS James Hague (17)

Critic Reviews

The Retro Spirit DOS Apr 09, 2006 6 out of 6 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Jul, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Svenska Hemdatornytt DOS Jul, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Gamer DOS Sep, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Freegame.cz DOS Nov 13, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Score DOS Jul, 1994 75 out of 100 75
Power Play DOS Jun, 1994 71 out of 100 71
White Wolf Magazine DOS Dec, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Oct 06, 2021 4 out of 6 67
PC Review (UK) DOS 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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Contributed to by Sciere (816460), IJan (1990) and LepricahnsGold (142461)
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