[Beyond PlayStation] Shadow Bug Review
Shadow Bug from Muro Studios is a new 2D platformer on Nintendo Switch in which as you play as the titular ninja hero who is trying to save the forest from an evil factory. Learn more about it in our Shadow Bug review!
The game is easy to learn but hard to master, and it’s also easy on the eyes – a polished and fun adventure. You play as tiny ninja Shadow Bug who can’t jump, which might sound weird for a platformer, right? The way you get around is that you move left and right with the left analog stick, lock onto an enemy and then use the R button to defeat it, and said attack will send you flying towards said enemy, propelling you higher and higher as you defeat the conveniently placed opponents.
As is the case for most platformers, you will also need to avoid hazards such as spikes and deadly lasers, but also the deadly robots who just love to eat insects such as yourself. You’ll need to get into the groove and perfectly time your attacks to avoid some obstacles, sin properly timed dashes are your best friend – a dash can save your life so always be ready to make good use of it! There are more than 30 levels to explore with plenty of action and a puzzle or two thrown into the mix.
You will die a lot, and you need to understand this is all part of the trial and error process that will get you through each stage. You won’t go into a controller-breaking fit, but you will definitely feel proud of yourself when you get to the second half of the game. If you do feel overwhelmed, be sure to take a break from the game and relax for a bit since this one is very fast-paced and danger lurks around every corner.
The game is probably best played on TV while docked, since things feel a bit too hectic when played on the Nintendo Switch’s screen. The touchscreen controls when in portable or tabletop mode are far from ideal since your finger will end up blocking part of the action on the screen, which is not ideal since you need to always be aware of everything that is going on around you at all times.
As you explore each stage, you will be chaining attacks left and right while collecting as many orbs as possible so that you can 100% the game. There is a leaderboard available which is perfect for the speedrunning community, so if you’re a fan of speedrunning games, you will certainly like this option as you try to claim a spot at the top.
Each level will reward you up to three shurikens: one for simply reaching the exit, another for collecting X number of orbs and another for reaching the end of a stage within a certain time limited. You don’t have to get all three, but they’re there in case you want to take on everything the game has to offer. You might, for example, not feel like completing each stage as fast as possible, so you could definitely skip that shuriken.
Each stage includes several checkpoints, but they’re not marked by any sign or object that would allow you to know you’ve activated one – you’ll only know you’ve reached one when you die and respawn at the last checkpoint you reached. Completing all stages in the game will take you around 4 to 6 hours based on your skill, at least for a first run as you learn how to best take on each stage.
Shadow Bug is a great looking and fun platformer that stands out from the crowd with its “you can’t jump in this one” gameplay mechanic. There’s plenty to do in this one, and the challenge will increase at a steady pace as you complete the 36 stages in the game. The game is available for only $8.99, so hopefully you can give it a try.
This Shadow Bug review is based on a Nintendo Switch copy provided by Muro Studios.