Shadows of Adam
Top Critic Average
Shadows of Adam delivers retro JRPG flavor without the bitter aftertaste of merciless grinding and pointless punishments.
So basically, if you’d love to play an RPG but can’t dedicate hours a day to it, Shadows of Adam could be a great solution on Switch.
While its runtime is noticeably short for a JRPG of this style – especially when compared to the classics it so closely resembles – Shadows of Adam is still a really enjoyable experience while it lasts.
A decent game, but it doesn't do enough to stand out in the oversaturated "me too" retro-game crowd.
While it might not display the same creativity of top-of-the-line JRPGs like Final Fantasy or Persona, Shadows of Adam executes its ideas well, and more importantly, is simply fun to play.
The game is a fantastic love letter to the genre and offers gamers a trip down memory lane. What will surprise you, though, is how it's so much more than a cash-grab throwback to a bygone era.
Shadows of Adam is an enjoyable but familiar JRPG. It doesn't do anything overly surprising, but its fun combat mechanics and humorous writing largely overshadow a by-the-numbers story. It isn't overly challenging, but sometimes it's nice to step away from the grind and the random battles and take on something more leisurely. Those who long for the plethora of similar titles from the SNES days will find a better than average adventure here that outclasses many of the budget releases currently on the eShop.
Shadows of Adam takes the very best aspects of the genre, cuts out most of the tedium and delivers an exciting, stirring and compelling trip through memory lane.
It does a lot right, but it does not break the classic mould enough to make it feel like a true new classic in its own right.
Although its story isn’t always flawlessly compelling, it manages to be an overall fairly enjoyable experience that doesn’t overstay its welcome.