Shadowgrounds (Windows)

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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 Defending east gate to the Weather Station 5.
Shadowgrounds Windows Let's burn some monsters...
Shadowgrounds Windows Walking outside.
Shadowgrounds Windows Main menu.

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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! Marko Poutiainen (1160) 3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars3.14 Stars
Alien Breed lives again and gets an update as well! adam payne (18) 4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars4.57 Stars

Critic Reviews PC Gaming May 04, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamigo Dec 09, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GamesFirst! May 04, 2006 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameslave UK May 30, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Gamernode May 27, 2006 7 out of 10 70
GameSpot May 05, 2006 6.9 out of 10 69
Indie Game Magazine Jun 14, 2011 68 out of 100 68
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) May 18, 2006 68 out of 100 68
Game Shark Jun 29, 2006 B- 67 (UK) Jun 28, 2006 6 out of 10 60


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Linux version

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

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Jouni Lahtinen (374) added Shadowgrounds (Windows) on Nov 25, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (507957) and MichaelPalin (1420)