Neon Shadow Review

Neon Shadow Review

Nov 28, 2013

Tired of all the overly-serious modern military FPS games that populate the gaming landscape lately? Want to go on a colorful cyberpunk romp, fighting the robotic servants of a homicidal AI, loaded to the tooth with explosive weapons, including an unlimited-ammo shotgun that’s the default weapon? Welcome to Neon Shadow, a radically fast FPS that harkens back to the days of Doom.

Levels have one specific objective: get to the end alive. Perhaps that requires destroying a power cube to open up the exit, or destroying a giant boss who stands in the way, but getting there in one piece is the unquestioned objective. Thankfully, weapons such as an assault rifle, grenade launcher, and a powerful nuclear blaster come into play for taking down the robotic foes who get in the way. This is all set to a techno soundtrack that completes the 90’s cyberpunk atmosphere, except for the fact that it’s being played on a portable device that could run circles around the computers from the 90’s.

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This is a very challenging game. Even on easy, prepare to die plenty of times. It can just be that much of an onslaught. Fun times! Just get back on that horse and go again. This can be frustrating because there’s no checkpoints, though levels only take several minutes, but still, I’d appreciate not having to replay challenging parts again and again.

The game supports both MOGA and HID gamepads, and I highly recommend playing with one if possible. The touchscreen controls are decent, with auto-aim there to help out among the chaos, but a frenetic FPS like this? A gamepad might not be the pinnacle of aiming, but it sure does help!

The game looks and sounds great – it’s not the most detailed game, but it has a colorful and well-defined style, and that counts for a lot. The singleplayer campaign is quite challenging, but there’s also an online multiplayer mode through Google Play to take out some of that pent-up aggression on humans instead of robots.

Neon Shadow is just a well-made FPS that does what great retro-inspired games do: they use their old elements to feel fresh, to stand out in opposition to the modern values of the day. If you like FPSes, time to get schooled.

Neon Shadow Review Rundown

9
Graphics/Sound - A wondefully-colorful aesthetic, and a great soundtrack that fits the cyberpunk theme.
8
Controls - The on-screen controls do alright for themselves, but play with a gamepad if possible.
8
Gameplay - This is fast-paced, Doom-era FPS action.
8
Replay Value - A challenging campaign and online multiplayer are well worth coming back to.
8
Overall - A solid FPS that does enough differently to be well worth checking out.

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Carter Dotson
Carter Dotson, editor of Android Rundown, has been covering Android since late 2010, and the mobile industry as a whole since 2009. Originally from Texas, he has recently moved to Chicago. He loves both iOS and Android for what they are - we can all get along!
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