You will love ShadowKnight if you like simple hack’n slash games. The fast-paced 2D action is simple enough to make the game easy to enjoy, but there’s enough depth for those who want it.
The story is not very original, but it does set things up for what is coming. Many races lived together in the world of Harmony. Because of a catastrophe, the world dove into darkness. Now, Knights have to battle in the shadows to save the world of Harmony from the forces of evil and bring light back to the world.
Let’s see what a Shadow Knight can do.
The game is as free as any free mobile game
Let’s get it out of the way first.
It gets old, but we’re used to it at this point. There are many types of currency, or resources, in the game. You spend one to open chests, another to upgrade your character, there’s also the one you spend to play the missions, and others.
The game has a gacha loot system. The best equipment comes from the best chest and you can use gems to open one or watch an ad when they give you the option. You can buy gems with cash, obviously.
Nothing new there. The most noticeable thing regarding the monetization of the game is the characters. You start with Noah, a powerful swordsman, and then you get Ashley, the gunslinger. The other 3 characters and the ones to come stay behind a pay wall.
The game has skins/costumes that alter the status and appearance of a character. They will cost you cash tough, just like in most free to play games.
ShadowKnight lets you test the other characters through the first stage of the game before you buy them. I can appreciate that they let you feel what it feels like to play with a character before you spend money to have it. You can also test costumes before you buy them.
Shooting and slashing is a lot of fun
After a few missions, you get to bring one more character with you. If you didn’t pay for any other, don’t worry. Noah and Ashley are very fun characters.
For a game that doesn’t have much superficial depth, the more I played, the more I liked ShadowKnight. There’s not much challenge at first, but the number of the enemies increases, bosses get bigger, and evil creatures become more evil.
New enemies show up with different move speed, block abilities, projectiles, flight, grab moves, and so much more. The variety keeps you at your toes while you switch between the gunner and the slicer, always trying to pick the best hero for the job.
Positioning and Timing
You have to be careful when surrounded. Your heroes do have skills to deal with many enemies, but you won’t be able to repeat that attack so soon. The cooldown mechanic adds one more layer of decision making when you’re in a tricky situation.
Another cool thing that adds a layer to the gameplay the ability to switch characters. When you do so, the summoned character will perform a powerful attack that makes you briefly invulnerable. You won’t be able to switch characters again for a while, though.
ShadowKnight is a great Casual Game
Overall, the game is fun, and decently looking. It has nice mechanics, cool looking bosses, and a nice gothic environment. The game is starting to feel dated, but it doesn’t mean it’s a bad game.
If you don’t take it too seriously, you can have a lot of fun during its campaign. And if it is not enough, there’s a lot to play after that if you want to challenge yourself.