In My Shadow | Nintendo Switch Review
Updated: Nov 19, 2021
In My Shadow is a charming little platform-puzzle game developed by Playbae Games and published by OverGamez. It is currently available on Windows PC and will be released on the Nintendo Switch on September 25th. For the purposes of my review I was playing on the Nintendo Switch in docked mode, with a review copy kindly supplied to me by the publisher.
The game centres around Bella and it starts off with her living alone working away on her laptop after receiving some calls and texts from her family. This prompts her to revisit her past and through the rest of the game and via some flashbacks, the story is gradually revealed to us. It is a nice little story here contained within the game and it adds to the overall experience when you are playing through it. Once you get into the game proper, there are 4 sections to make your way through, divided into 4 rooms in the house, and each one relating to a different past memory of Bella's relating to her family. Each of the sections require you to play through all of the levels contained, and you get rewarded with some backstory relating to Bella and her family both during and upon completion of each level.
The levels in the game are played through Bella's memories, with her as a little girl, and you are in shadow form for this, with certain obstacles and items blocking your path to the end goal. To get to that goal, you will need to use the real life objects to move and manipulate the shadows that they cast onto the wall, to allow you to make your way safely to the other side. There are items of furniture, toys, etc. all to help you get from A to B here, and as you make your way through the levels, the difficulty will increase and there will also be some very tricky hazards to negotiate, in the form of spikes and saw blades.
The controls in the game are thumbsticks to move/drag/rotate the furniture and items, B to jump, and the L and R bumpers to select previous or next item. There is also a slow drag option using the ZL and ZR triggers. In the options menu you can choose the video quality, language and camera flow, as well as adjust the sound level with the music and SFX here. The visuals were good and the soundtrack suited the game. Also, upon completion of the main game, which contains over 50 levels, you will get access to Bella's laptop on her desk, which has lots of photo memories for you to view. You can also have a closer look at her mobile phone with the messages and missed calls she received at the start of the game.
In My Shadow was a joy to play. The puzzles were simple for the most part, with a few little challenging ones thrown in for good measure. There is a nice story that plays out while you make your way through the game, and overall I found it to be a very chilled and relaxing few hours of gameplay. If that is what you are looking for, then I could not recommend this game enough. It was also quite unique with its gameplay, with you controlling actual objects in the room to manipulate their shadows on the walls, to help you get from one point to another.
g1a5w3g1an's Rating: 4 jumps over the nasty spikes out of 5.
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Many thanks to OverGamez for the Review Key.