The Shadow

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a game by Ocean Software
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6.2/10, based on 5 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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The Shadow
The Shadow
The Shadow
The Shadow

The Shadow is here to save the day and he is taking no prisoners. A new madman has moved into town. Does The Shadow have what it takes to beat this new menace? The only hope for the town is The Shadow. If he doesn't win, the town will fall. No sooner said then done. The Shadow is on the case searching through various levels and tackling some of the worst scum imaginable ... or unimaginable for that matter! While. traveling through the various levels The Shadow will be able to get various types of power-ups including health bonuses, ability bonuses and weapons of various destructive potentials. Will the madman be victorious? Will The Shadow be able to find the evil that lies in this man's heart and defeat it--banishing it from the city forever? Good luck on your crime-fighting spree and may you be victorious!


The concept of good versus evil makes a strong story line and the moves are a definite plus.


Although the level backgrounds do change, the game becomes repetitive after a while.


Another victim of Final-Fight syndrome--the side-scrolling, one-man army fighting game.


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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

  • Manufacturer: Ocean
  • Machine: Super NES

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of this game? This Final Fight clone is great, if you Iike level after boring, repetitive level. This is just another cheap attempt to cash in on the popularity of the movie. Fight evil today by skipping this game!

  • Manufacturer: Ocean
  • Machine: SNES

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of this game? This Final Fight clone is great, if you like level after boring, repetitive level. This is just another cheap attempt to cash in on the popularity of the movie. Fight evil today by skipping this game!

  • Manufacturer: Ocean
  • Genre: action
  • Players: 1
  • Levels: 25+
  • Difficulty: variable

The dark forces of evil are at it again, and this time the Shadow is answering the call to save the city. The movie, starring Alec Baldwin, was surprisingly decent. Can the game equal the action and excitement of the movie? No way - not even close.

The Shadow s just another Final Fight done that tries to use the popularity of a movie to sell the game. Well, I'm not buying! You control the Shadow and beat your way through 25 tough and extremely repetitive levels. There are special moves like Invisibility, Devastation, and Dash, plus you can pick up mailboxes, garbage cans, baseball bats, lead pipes, or knives and use them as weapons. However, it doesn't matter what weapon you're using, 'cuz you just beat up the same bad guys level after monotonous level.

This game could've been great if it wasn't just running left to right and punching. If you had to search out the bad guys, then beat them up, this game would've had something of interest. But as it stands, the action in The Shadow is barely adequate.

The Shadow looks good and some of the backgrounds are great (the Empire State Building is cool), the sound is adequate, and the control is good. So, if you loved Final Fight, you're gonna be happy to know The Shadow is just like it But if you're waiting for an original game idea, The Shadow is not the answer.

  • Graphics: 8
  • Music & Sound: 7
  • Innovation: 4
  • Gameplay: 6
  • Replay Value: 6
  • Overall: 62%

Arriving almost six months after the movie died in the theaters, The Shadow isn't just late for dinner -- it's behind the times. Decent graphics and thrilling sounds just don't make up for flat, repetitive game play.

Save the World

Shiwan Khan, a descendant of Genghis Khan, has invaded New York, and it's up to the Shadow to fight through eight levels of beat-em-up action and prevent disaster. As you wade through areas like China Town, you'll put your simple array of punches, jumps, and kicks to exhaustive use against unending waves of the same old enemies.

Occasionally, you take a break from the fighting to shoot it out; the responsive controls let you firmly maneuver through both types of fighting. But even with three supernatural powers (Invisible, Dash, and Devastate), a more varied set of moves and foes would've added spice to this plain, basic game.

Saved by the Bell

A great soundtrack and intriguing backgrounds rescue this game. Impressive, haunting tunes fill each level, perfectly setting the dark mood, while standard grunts adequately round out the audio.

Visually, creative scenarios, such as fighting in the lobby of the Empire State Building, depart impressively from the beat-em-up norm and keep you involved. Once that good impression wears off, the bland sprites and animations won't keep your attention.

Shadow fans and beat-em- up beginners might enjoy this average game. For others, a quick weekend rental will show you what lurks in the heart of this Shadow.


  • If you're near death, use the Devastator to blow away enough enemies to make it to the next health power-up.
  • Dodging bullets is hard, so become invisible when a shooting rounds begins.
  • In the Empire State Building's elevator, position yourself at the door to clobber enemies as they enter.

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