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Shio is not a game for the faint of heart. Tremendously challenging, it truly will push you to the limit of your videogame abilities. The stunning level design, clear visuals and wonderfully tight controls all ensure that the game is fair, but that won't be enough to stop player frustration from ultimately setting in. Played in short sittings this is a taught, tight and compelling experience. Just have an extra controller nearby, you'll need it to replace the one you just threw out the window.
I had a handful of small, niggling issues with Shio that by the end I was willing to overlook in the face of a game so expertly crafted that it shouldn't be missed. I just wish there was more of it.
Shio is a lovely surprise which offers up a precise and beautiful platforming experience. Although it lacks the level of polish as something like Celeste, if you've already conquered that mountain (or – sacrilege! – you're not a fan of its pixel aesthetic), this is a tightly crafted, technical platformer in a similar mould that's well worth a look.
If only that last "generally" weren't needed, it would be right up there with the best of them.
All things considered, if you're looking for a challenge that will keep you occupied for an evening, Shio is worth a shot.
Shio is a decently challenging platformer with beautiful backgrounds and a moving story that you can unravel, which gives it a unique level of depth.
Overall, while the game doesn't quite live up to the game it was inspired by, it does have its own merits and reasons to play through it. If you're a fan of challenging platformers, then I'd definitely recommend giving this on a shot and suggest keeping a few spare Joy-Con at hand to replace any you may break in frustration.
Coconut Island Games have released a truly satisfying game in Shio. If you like difficult platformers, you'll have a blast with this one. It doesn't have a big story to keep you glued to the screen, but it more than makes up for it with some solid gameplay mechanics and platforming sections that are challenging but also highly addictive.
Shio is a fun but challenging 2D platformer on Nintendo Switch that is worth a try. Graphics-wise the game is really beautiful, the controls work flawlessly, and once you find yourself "in the zone" you'll be taking on each section of the game non-stop as you learn more about what is really going on in this adventure.