Shadow Bug

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

78

Top Critic Average

79%

Critics Recommend

Based on 14 critic reviews
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7.5 / 10.0
Jan 1, 2014

A short but very intense and fun platforms. The game of Muro Studios is a pleasant surprise both for its great artistic section as its simple and robust control system.

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8 / 10
Apr 3, 2018

Shadow Bug is a welcome breath of fresh air in a stuffy virtual space that's up to the ceiling with 2D platformers. Experiencing the title with detached Joy-Cons on the big screen, as opposed to utilising the touchscreen; you'll be cheerfully surprised by its unique art style and play method. Slicing your way to the end boss won't take more than a couple of hours for some, but for those wanting to beat global high scores and to collect all three shurikens per level will, beyond a shadow of a doubt, get more bang for their buck.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 3, 2018

Shadow Bug is a fun, simple game that players can enjoy and take their time on. It hit's all the marks and does it's job well, not to mention how great it looks doing it. I highly recommend checking it out.

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60 / 100
Apr 23, 2018

Shadow Bug is a unique platformer with some interesting ideas, but one that doesn't always stick the landing.

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7 / 10
Mar 29, 2018

With a fast-paced approach to platforming, and a gimmick that allows for unique movement without running thin, Shadow Bug establishes itself as one of the more creative approaches to the genre.

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9 / 10.0
Apr 4, 2018

Shadow Bug is an easy recommendation to make for Switch owners looking for a challenging 2D platformer and are open to something less traditional than the eShop's plethora of retro inspired platformers. Even players that are weary of touch/motion controlled games will likely enjoy using them in Shadow Bug.

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80%
Jun 12, 2018

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.

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Alex Irish
Apr 12, 2018

On a platform that already has dozens of acclaimed platformers, like Celeste, Shovel Knight, and Sonic Mania (I could just go on and on), Shadow Bug is a genuine surprise addition to such esteemed company. It crept up with the makings of a sleeper hit, and it deserves greater recognition. The default control scheme is delightfully intuitive and the level design takes great advantage of it. The lack of story and short length are the only downsides to an overall fun, short-but-sweet escapade. For your next Switch platforming fixation, at the bargain price of $8.99, Shadow Bug is the successor apparent.

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3.5 / 5.0
Sep 8, 2018

Every stage features beautiful backgrounds and scenery. The game slowly goes from luscious forests with enemy creatures to toxic sewers with mutated fish and turrets to a city with robots and lasers.

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7.5 / 10.0
Mar 30, 2018

Shadow Bug is a fun, arcadey platformer which is very simple to pick up. The level design is decent. Some enemies and ideas keep it fresh along the way. That's good, because the game isn't that long.

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