Shadow Bug started as a student project in Aalto University, Helsinki Finland, and has now grown to be something much bigger. Aalto is where a pro gamer and a triple-A title level designer could meet and form Muro Studios in 2015. Our powers were first combined in a game jam game of planetary nuclear warfare and we haven’t looked back since. On the 4th of April 2016 we released Shadow Bug on the App Store.
Shadow Bug is a new kind of platformer game for desktop and mobile with emphasis on action and speedrunning. The control scheme of the game is specifically designed for fast movement. You play as Shadow Bug and try to stop the evil factory from polluting your forest home. You do this by attacking on enemies and slicing them to pieces.
The core of Shadow Bug is the way you move around in the game world. Attack on an enemy on the screen to leap and slash with lightning speed. Attack multiple enemies one after the other to move through levels in the slickest way you could imagine. Enemies in Shadow Bug are more of a tool of getting where you need to go than a threat – but be careful, they do bite if you let them!
Since Shadow Bug is a game with free movement to all directions, it needs a rich world filled with exploration. Shadow Bug’s adventure takes the player through 36 beautiful and twisted hand crafted levels. The challenges vary from dodging spinning blades among treetops to solving puzzles in underground tunnels of toxic waste. Not to mention the 6 memorable boss fights.
The fairytale like world of Shadow Bug comes to life with gorgeous multilayered parallax backgrounds. These colorful and picturesque landscapes are contrasted with the mystical silhouettes of vividly animated game characters.
The pace of Shadow Bug’s adventure is set by an epic soundtrack of multiple themes. The immersion of the game becomes complete with custom made high quality sound effects – so we do encourage the use of headphones when playing!
Awards and Achievements
- PAX East 2016 Indie Showcase Selection
- The Big Indie Pitch Helsinki 2015 Runner Up
- Beatcon 2015 Best Pitch Award
- Summer of Startups 2015 Winning Pitch Award
App Store Post-release
- AppAdvice: Become one with the ways of the ninja…
- HardcoreGamer: Shadow Bug Speed-Slashes Onto iOS
- Pocket Gamer: Gorgeous Limbo-inspired platformer Shadow Bug…
- APP Gamers: SHADOW BUG IM ANGEBOT
- GAMEK.vn: Shadow Bug – Game đi cảnh gây nghiện…
- iPhon.fr: Shadow Bug : ombres, combats et ninja…
- iPlayApps.de: „Shadow Bug“ neu im AppStore…
- Pelaaja: Kirppu ja kaksi katanaa
App Store Pre-release
- Alpha Beta Gamer
- AppSpy: NINJA INSECTS | Shadow Bug gameplay preview
- Pocket Gamer: #PGCHelsinki: Shadow Bug is in the top five…
- Pocket Gamer: Shadow Blade meets Badland in Shadow Bug…
- TouchArcade: Stream
- TouchArcade: Stylish Action-Adventure Game ‘Shadowbug’…
- TouchArcade: “Badland Meets Super Meat Boy” Platformer ‘Shadow Bug’…
- Tunsr.ru: SHADOW BUG — АРКАДА В СТИЛЕ BADLAND
Team Shadow Bug