Shift Quantum MastheadShift Quantum Masthead

Shift Quantum

Rating Summary

Based on 11 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating


Top Critic Average


Critics Recommend

Based on 11 critic reviews
Spread the word:

Game Information

Available on:PCMay 30, 2018
Nintendo SwitchMay 29, 2018

Developer: Fishing Cactus

Publisher: Red Panda Interactive

Genre: Action

Axon Vertigo, the world's leading authority and most trusted friend in cerebral contentedness programming, promises to deliver better life quality for everyone with the Shift Quantum program.

Connected to the cyber-noir action-puzzle platformer, you will be tasked to solve puzzles and create negative space by inverting the world to transform barriers into escape routes.

Shift the world, twist your environment, bend your mind to unveil its secrets and solve each brain-drilling level.
Make use of all special gameplay blocks to overcome obstacles and get to the exit to find the happiness you have been searching for and promised by Axon Vertigo.

Join Axon Vertigo's Level Editor for the Shift Quantum program to create your own custom levels and publish them to the community to get played, rated and featured.
Don't limit your challenges, challenge your limits.


Stylish black and white game world set in a cerebral cyber reality

8 new and unique gameplay elements to challenge your brain with puzzle and action mechanics

A brand new story based on a mysterious AI controlled character

Solo content with over 100 unique levels that will test your abilities like never before

An easy-to-use, fully fledged cross-platforms level editor allowing you to create your own levels

Share and play levels from other platforms (Xbox one, Playstation 4 and Switch)

Level creation contests, speedruns and weekly votes for top levels and showcase

Astounding cyber-noir soundtrack to Shift Quantum created by Volkor X and Simon Felix.

Controller and keyboard support

Big picture support

Steam achievements and leaderboards

Cloud save progression

4K Supported

Steam Controller supported

Review Data

View More
Mighty Head
Strong Head
Fair Head
Weak Head
Shift Quantum - Official Gameplay Trailer thumbnail

Shift Quantum - Official Gameplay Trailer

SHIFT QUANTUM  - Story trailer thumbnail

SHIFT QUANTUM - Story trailer

Shift Quantum Screenshot 1


Rebecca Smith

If you love puzzles, you should definitely give this title a spin.

Read full review


7 / 10

Shift Quantum is a puzzle game that draws its quality from a simple, yet addictive game design. Thanks to its polarity structure and to its well-designed levels and balanced difficulty, Shift Quantum is a fine element in the Nintendo Switch catalogue, even if it could certainly benefit from a longer lifespan and perhaps an additional layer of complexity.

Review in Portuguese | Read full review

Nintendo Life

8 / 10
Nintendo Life

Shift Quantum is an impressive and fresh experience among the strange coincidental influx of dual colour/polarity themed games assaulting Switch at this moment. Often crossing the line between art and entertainment, it is impossible not to be impressed by how it interactively tells you a dystopian story using nothing more than its minimalist aesthetics. While we are still not sure we found happiness at the end of our journey, we were certainly blissfully making our journey there. If that doesn't make Shift Quantum a very successful mind prison, we don't know what will.

Read full review

Pure Nintendo

8 / 10.0
Pure Nintendo

Shift Quantum adds a new dimension to the action puzzle-platformer, with an element of mystery that makes it incredibly atmospheric.

Read full review