MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry.
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Release Date: Jul 25, 2013

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"A kickstarter success, a limited but enjoyable cyberpunk cRPG set in the classic Shadowrun universe. Orcs with cybernetics, XCOM style combat."
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“Diehard GameFAN: 2013 Game of the Year/Best PC Game/Best Digital-Downloadable Game/Best Tactical RPG, Softpedia: Best RPG 2013, Hardcoregamer: Nominated Best Strategy Game 2013, Gamezebo: Best Games of 2013, Gamasutra: Top Games of the 2013”
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“Shadowrun Returns drops players headfirst into this richly realized fiction, combining classic role-playing storytelling with modern tactical battles . . . running the shadows has never been more fun.”
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“This is one of the most satisfying and complete tactical roleplaying experiences to come out of 2013 and realistically the last few years.”
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The Shadowrun Returns Soundtrack
From the composers of the classic Shadowrun SEGA and SNES games, the Shadowrun Returns Soundtrack pays homage to the past with a modern sentiment.

Shadowrun Returns Anthology
Explore the story of Shadowrun Returns even further with an illustrated PDF of 16 short stories written by authors from Shadowrun’s past, present and future. As a bonus, the anthology also Includes over 60 pages of concept art from the creation of the game.

About This Game

MAN MEETS MAGIC & MACHINE. The year is 2054. Magic has returned to the world, awakening powerful creatures of myth and legend. Technology merges with flesh and consciousness. Elves, trolls, orks and dwarves walk among us, while ruthless corporations bleed the world dry. You are a shadowrunner - a mercenary living on the fringes of society, in the shadows of massive corporate arcologies, surviving day-by-day on skill and instinct alone. When the powerful or the desperate need a job done, you get it done... by any means necessary.

In the urban sprawl of the Seattle metroplex, the search for a mysterious killer sets you on a trail that leads from the darkest slums to the city’s most powerful megacorps. You will need to tread carefully, enlist the aid of other runners, and master powerful forces of technology and magic in order to emerge from the shadows of Seattle unscathed.

The unique cyberpunk-meets-fantasy world of Shadowrun has gained a huge cult following since its creation nearly 25 years ago. Now, creator Jordan Weisman returns to the world of Shadowrun, modernizing this classic game setting as a single player, turn-based tactical RPG.

Key Features

  • Gripping Tactical Combat: When you’re running the shadows, every turn matters. Choose your actions wisely - move to better cover, charge into melee, or lob a fireball into a crowd of enemies. With the variety of weapons and spells at your disposal, every turn is filled with meaningful choices. A successful run requires commanding a team of runners with the right balance of combat, tech, and magical abilities.
  • Skill-Based Character Progression: Choose a starting character archetype and build from there! Street Samurai and Physical Adepts use advanced combat skills to dominate the battlefield, Shamans and Mages summon powerful allies and cast deadly spells, while Riggers and Deckers provide critical technological support, projecting their consciousness directly into drones and computer systems. Shadowrun Returns’ classless skill system allows you to grow your character in any direction you choose. Want to start summoning spirits as an ork Shaman and evolve into a cybered-up weapon specialist? Do it!
  • Engaging 2D/3D Art Style: Shadowrun Returns mixes dynamic 3D characters and lighting with a vibrant, hand-painted environment. Illustrated character portraits bring every conversation to life. Explore a world filled with detail, from the slums of the Redmond Barrens to the extravagant offices of powerful corporations.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS:Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:DirectX compatible 3D graphics card with at least 256MB of addressable memory
    • DirectX®:9.0
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
    • OS: OSX 10.6
    • Processor: Intel-based Macs only (x86-compatible, 1.4GHz or better)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Hard disk space: 2 GB HD space
    • Processor: x86-compatible 1.4GHz or faster processor
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:Modern 3D graphics card with at least 256MB of addressable memory
    • Hard Drive:2 GB HD space
Helpful customer reviews
65 of 68 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Now I've never played a Shadowrun game before, however I'm not exactly new to turn based/strategy RPG games, having played games in a similar vein like the Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner series and Fire Emblem. However, I'll be the first to admit I'm far from a veteran in the genre.

One of the key things I think Returns did right, is the tricky task of drawing me into the story immediately. It's pretty simple: your friend is dead, he's left you a "dead man's switch" - a recorded message promising a hefty reward if you can find the killer. OK. I'm in.

As for the ease of playing the game... as someone who's often daunted by complex RPG interfaces with endless choices, decisions, and items to equip, I thought Shadowrun's interface is a breeze. It clearly shows you your weapon slots, inventory slots, and which body parts you can equip on armor or modifications. As for playing the game itself, you can simply click on your HUD to switch between weapons or end turns, but there are hotkeys for the more practiced player, too.

You encounter many characters on your way to solve your friend's murder, and you get to pick and choose your own team of Shadowrunners to go on every mission with you. Each has their own specialty - summoning mechs, specializing in "decking" (hacking), melee combat, guns, magic, and so on, and I had a great time testing out all the different classes.

All of the characters have their own specialties, but the game is forgiving, and you could probably get by just using guns on everyone. I realized one of my runners had a healing ability 3/4 of the way through the game, and had been getting by just fine without knowing that. So if you're worried about difficulty or complexity, don't be.

Another positive for me is the game is heavily text based. There is a lot more discovery and reading than combat. You can also save anywhere except an NPC turn in combat, or in conversation. So I could get up to answer the door or grab some food without bothering to pause, or quit at a moment's notice if my friends asked me to play a multiplayer game.

I know I'm writing a review no one will ever read, for a two year old game, but it gets an easy recommendation from me, especially if you're a busy person who can only enjoy games in bits and pieces before you're on the go again.
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75 of 86 people (87%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 24
SHADOWRUN RETURNS - Cyberpunk adventure/rpg with a compelling story

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Score Comment
Graphics 7 The game has top down isometric type view, graphics are very well done: the lighting, effects and areas feel very fitting and atmospheric. At points, however, it feels like it would be nice to have a little bit more variety to the areas, some of them feel quite samey. Character creation and portraits are ok but you can't go into the level of detail of some other RGPs.
Audio 7 Music and sound effects are good, there is however quite a bit of reading to do in this game, do not expect voice acting for all of the story / dialogue.
Gameplay 8 I really enjoyed playing this game, its a nice mixture of adventure / mystery and rpg with turn based strategic combat (think xcom). You control a small team of characters (you collect them as the story progresses) who follow you as you play through the story completing various missions and solving mysteries. There are some good puzzles to solve as the story develops and you can choose to upgrade various skills as your character advances in levels. A really nice feature is the "hacking" that the decker class can perform, this takes a form similar to combat in the game but its you and your constructs against the computer systems defences.
Story 8 Shadowrun Returns is set in cyberpunk-esque world where magic meets machine. You can play different stories in the form of campaigns, the official ones are complemented by community created ones via the steam workshop. The campaigns are extremely well done and have a very noir feel to them. There's a lot of background and detail to the world (and a lot of reading to be done) and the story had enough intrigue and action to keep me interested right to the end. The nature of the game (your characters acting out the story) basically means that play feels quite linear and that sometimes the decisions you make don't really have lasting effects but this didn't effect my enjoyment too much.
Replayability 5 As much of the main campaign is story based, once you have completed the game there isn't that much to draw you back in. Having said that there is an excellent DLC (dragonfall) and there are community created campaigns and an editor which should add quite a few hours of playability
8 Excellent game for anyone who loves this style of gameplay or the setting. The community content really adds a whole new aspect and lease of life to the game, just be prepared to do a lots of reading.

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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
High fantasy, cuberpunk and a film noir style that makes this a great game.
It is a turn based role-playing game from a popular tabletop game "shadowrun".

The game come with one campaign "Dead Man's Switch" that got 10 to 12 hours gameplay.
But when youre are done playing that one you simple can make or download a other story on the steamworkshop.
The only problem i have seen there is that you need "Shadowrun: Dragonfall" for some of the downloaded story's.
But thats a simple matter of looking for other story's.

Combat is rough, sometimes a near dead experions.
You need to find cover and try to use youre team togehter to kill the enemy.
Sometimes you even need to plan your staps or use a decker "hacker" to kill the secerty or turrets.
After a battle you feel like you have done someting but if combat ends youre life dont come back so you need to still watch out so you dont die.

There is so mutch to tell about this game but all i have to said.
Dont wait mutch longer and give it a try.

I give this game 8/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2014
I was pretty skeptical of this game, i watched a few videos about it and read a couple of articles about the game, the universe looked pretty interesting, but the gameplay didn't look appealing to me.

However, since during the cristmas sale, the game got really cheap , i decided to give it a try, and oh boy. Though i still have mixed feelings about the gameplay, the writing in this game is amazing, i never thought i'd enjoy reading this much in a game before. There is a lot of text, which is actually a good thing. A lot of interesting characters and stories.
Would i recommend the game? Sure, but be warned there is a lot of text, that's pretty much most of the game, and if you don't enjoy reading you are not going to have a good time with this game, though the combat can be pretty fun and chalenging, the writing is pretty much what makes this game great.

If I have one complain is how linear it is. Though the level design is pretty good, I'm somewhat disappointed by the lack of exploration. There is a little bit, but the levels are way too linear and it hurts the gameplay. But not by much, since again, the meat of the game is the writing. Also this game looks pretty good. I love the art style of the characters, especially the portraits for the different characters you'll meet, very creative and interesting looking people.
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
XCom meets Baldurs Gate squished into one.
Lots of reading, but thats how these games are, but there is a lot of reading.
About 1/2 way through I started to notice some of the text grammer and spelling started to show some foreign traits, but nothing that detracted from the game.

The campaign was a touch short. I'm a casual gamer and I finished my first run in about 18 hours, but I enjoyed it! Yes I will probably be playing through again. By the time I was getting to the end I was finially remembering how the talent points worked (yes I played the pen and paper ver some way back when), and what skills/abilities I wanted.

All in all I would recomend the game. Especially if you like XCOM or any of the D&D RPG style games.
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2014
good classical budget style with a textbased story and some good turn base action in a cyberpunk world
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
If you are cyberpunk fan you must have already bought this.If you are not,you MUST buy this to become a cyberpunk fan.


-too short (about 12 hours)

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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Story: You play as a Shadowrunner in the year 2054 in Seattle Washington. You have the choices and the consequences that follow with them. The story in this, is perfect for a RPG and you will be with it from beginning to end. 10/10

Graphics: For an almost top down tactical turn based game, this game looks really nice. With the adding of 2D artwork and drawings, and 3D character models it all bends very well together. 8/10

Gameplay: I honestly thought I was gonna hate the game-play but it's surprisingly awesome! It goes through a tactical turn-based scenario combat-wise. You can choose your class/role, your weapons, gear and who gets to run with you during your runs. It is all very awesome. 8.5/10

Overall: This took me as a surprise as I though I would hate it, but It's one of the best Cyberpunk/Fantasy games I've ever played. You should buy this and the two other games (Hong Kong and Dragonfall) 9/10
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
19.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 4, 2014
At first, i was thrilled to have this game as a gift from a friend on my birthday. I graciously accept and installed.
I assumes its going to be fun. I assumed right. It was a good game with good story, detailed-graphic-on-screen and awesome gameplay. Took me 15 hours to finish Dead Man's Switch campaign. Never felt happier to get this.
Thanks Bud!!
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
29.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 13, 2014
Story is mediocre, combat system is worse than the original Fallout. Worth playing though at a discount price.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2014
This is a great turn-based, story line driven, single player, RPG. Hours of play time and great fun to be had regardless if you have played the pen and paper game or not. This game has a really in-depth and very captivating plot, but there are no voice overs. So as long as you don't mind some reading, I definitely recommend adding this to your library.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 1
Shadowrun Returns — cyberpunk paradise
History: In the dawn of silence the videophone call is distributed. The subscriber on other end of a wire — our old friend. Bad news that it is dead, and addresses to us it "a digital ghost" — video which is written down in advance, having the will of the dead. Expecting fast death, that asks us to understand circumstances of his death and to call guilty to account. At first sight everything is obvious: old times Sam Watts fell the next victim of the maniac — the thief of bodies whom local newsdealers call the Eviscerator. Here only too much in this case seems suspicious...

In general I won't throw on you spoller, you have to see everything in such games it is important. Adventure very interesting! Incredibly deep communication and the city is felt extremely correctly.

Simply I finished this game. (I love a genre), and I decided to give it chance. It now one of my favourite games. There are of course defects in game, and it is Text very-heavy but if you like to read about and immersions in style of the Universe of the cyberpunk this game does a lot of work on it. I also took DLC for it. I am very glad the whole.

Excellent cyberpunk, very vital dialogues. If you feed interesting in such games, don't miss it. 9\10
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2014
Great game if you like xcom like gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Being new to the Shadowrun setting, I was concerned that my lack of background knowledge would take away from the experience. I was definitely wrong, the story presented here is quite engaging and doesn't rely on elements of the setting too esoteric to decipher.

The game itself is an isometric turn-based strategy RPG with several diverse and interesting classes, loads of different items, spells, abilities and gear to utilize, and a decent variety of enemies to battle. To be clear, if you are looking for a fast-paced, action-packed thrill ride, you may find XCOM: Enemy Unknown or something similar a little more to your liking. This game is very, very story rich and you will find yourself reading a lot of text. The text is definitely worth reading though, the story in the game is fantastic. The characters are charming, in a gutter rat, "I like you, but I dont really trust you" kind of way. The missions are interesting, diverse and have excellent pacing and escalation.

The combat is a classic turn-based strategy style that pits your group of 1-4 Shadowrunners against various enemies. There are various classes to choose from, all of which offer a satisfying number of abilities, spells and equipment. There are also strategically placed "jack-in" locations that provide access to "the matrix" that can be utlilized by a "Decker" in your group. Sometimes entering the matrix is plot driven with necessary tasks to be completed to drive the story forward. Other times entering the matrix is entirely optional, only offering chances to hack your way to a few extra bucks by collecting private information to sell, or to turn those pesky enemy turrets against their operators. Deckers use an entirely different set of spells and abilities while jacked-in, and having played a decker as my main character, these instances made for a unique and enjoyable departure from the sometimes monotonous combat.

All in all, I definitely recommend Shadowrun Returns to any and all RPG fans looking for a story-rich RPG experience.

8.5/10 Happy running!

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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
Wonderful game!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
A little linear in story, but the character building is very fun; it really forces you to make decisions and stick with them -- at least, I think... I never actually tried to re-spec my character. If you actually take your time to read and get involved with the story line, it really gives a sympathetic feeling of dread about futuristic humanity and the direction it could possibly take (and in some cases has already). A bit short but fun none-the-less, this is an excellent game for the price.

Note: there is quite a bit of reading in this game and, while not necessary to read it usually, you'll be missing out on some major parts of the game.

I don't know anything about the game system that this is based off of, so if that's what you're looking to compare it to, you'll have to read someone elses review.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
This game is worth it's price. Gameplay looks like XCom with RPG elements and nice story telling.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
It seems most of the bad reviews come from folks that either A) never played Shadowrun Tabletop or otherwise or B) are so used to whatever you call todays gaming style compared to what it used to be. Usually everyone expects skyrim style open world. Most old school gamers miss the old linear style games. There was and is plenty to do in this game. If you want to have more of a social kinda pc then Charisma is your friend talk to anyone and everyone with a buble and level up those karma based skills. Take as many side quests as you can find and take advandtadge of the player made mods. There is more then enough player made campaigns and a decent DLC and another coming soon. There is no reason for anyone to say there wasnt enough to do. I absolutely love this game. Takes me back to the old days for sure. Love this game and look forward to playing all the player made stuff. Take care
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 27
Really, it's pretty hard to get more Cyberpunk than Shadowrun. If you're into the cyberpunk aesthetic then this is definitely a game you should consider buying.

Shadowrun: Returns uses a hybrid of the 3e and 4e ruleset, so if you've played tabletop this is quite similar. It lacks a lot of interactions with armour that exist in PnP but a lot of that was eventually added into the second release, Dragonfall.

The basic gameplay consists of regular RPG staples such as trading, talking and combat. There's no looting system in place for corpses, so the only ones you'll loot have map triggers placed on them for that purpose.
The combat is an isometric turn-based strategy game that uses stats to generate probabilities for your units to hit. Think Final fantasy tactics or X-Com.
The UI is somewhat lacking, and sometimes the probability based gameplay can be a real pain in the ♥♥♥. The places where you can save are somewhat limited, so it's advised to save as often as you're able. I think the writing is pretty good, and the art definitely captures the feeling of the setting. The sound track isn't bad, but you'll probably stop paying attention to it before the end of the scenario.

overall, I'd give it a 7/10. The replay value is there for some but once was enough for me, personally. Expect around 20 hours of game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
17.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
It's okay.
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