Shadow Blade is an action-platformer set in a visually striking world where the ancient teachings of ninjas and samurai clash upon a modern landscape. Sprint through stages littered with traps, slaying enemies along your path without hesitation as Kuro, the blade of shadow!
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Release Date: Aug 10, 2015

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Shadow Blade is an action-platformer set in a visually striking world where the ancient teachings of ninjas and samurai clash upon a modern landscape. Sprint through stages littered with traps, slaying enemies along your path without hesitation as Kuro, the blade of shadow!


Darkness and chaos are once again creeping into the world of man. The covenant made in a time almost forgotten has failed, the three clans now in a violent struggle for dominance. The medallion is almost made whole again and it falls upon Kuro?s shoulders to restore balance. All his training has led up to this one moment, where the fate of the world will rest in his blood-stained hands.

Key Features

  • Epic NINJA Platforming: Test your skills in fast-paced platforming, mastering the skills of the ninja to breeze through challenging levels.
  • Vicious NINJA Combat: Kill your enemies with extreme prejudice through the mastery of the katana, shurikens and kusarigama!
  • Shadow Ninja: Attack the guards before they see you and alert all other mobs.
  • Story Campaign: Fully voiced motion comics tell the story of Kuro?s plight to restore balance!
  • More than 50 Challenging Levels: Environmental hazards, rifle-toting warriors and many more challenges await a hardened warrior.
  • Level Secrets: Raw speed doesn?t guarantee the highest rank. A true ninja is ever vigilant, aware of any possibly hidden areas.
  • Ninja = Hardcore: Cleared the normal campaign? Prepare for the ?Hardcore? variation and if you dare, the ultimate ?Master Class? version awaiting only the foolhardy.
  • Challenge Modes and Leaderboards: Feel the need to gloat? Challenge yourself in these specially crafted stages only for the masters. Compare your stats with friends and other players as you fight for the top of the leaderboards!

Additional Features

Level Editor and Workshop Integration: Create and upload your own levels to Steam Workshop for your friends and other players to check out. Become the ultimate Dojo Builder!
Stylish 3D World: Feast your eyes on a world where ninja and samurai clash in a modern landscape.
Achievements: Unlock a full list of achievements as you embark on your mission to restore balance.
Cloud Saving: All progress saved through the Steam Cloud for pick-up-and-play on any steam powered device.

The Deluxe Edition includes:
1 - Shadow Blade: Reload game
2 - Art Book
3 - Comic Book
4 - Original Soundtrack

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System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows XP and up
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated video card recommended
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • OS: OS 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.8 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated video card recommended
    • Storage: 900 MB available space
    • Processor: 2.8 GHZ Intel Core 2 Duo or better
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Dedicated video card recommended
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Apparently Kid
2.2 hrs
Posted: August 2
Its a solid game, although nothing special. Yes the game does play like a watered down version of Mark of the Ninja. The platforming mechanics are good, with double jump and dash working well. The wall jumping can be super finnicky, especially how pressing away when jumping off makes you actually jump less far away than not holding the dirction you're jumping (herp derp). The combat is ok, as sometimes you'll pull of the attack you want and other times you'll dash and it won't hurt someone, or your attack won't hurt them. The levels are pretty linear except sometimes theres a lack of direction and multiple different paths, some of which lead to secrets which you don't need. The checkpoints are generous but sometimes they can be misleading as there will be checkpoints that lead to dead ends. The levels and enemies get pretty repetitive, and there isn't much atmosphere or novelty to each level. Most of the time you are racing against a clock and so I just avoided enemies and jumped over them, which makes this more of a speedrun game than anything. The story has the most obvious unoriginal plot twist ever, and most of the time the characters just stand around asking riddles and questions, making random 1 liners about wisdom that don't actually make much sense when you think about them. That being said the platforming is pretty good, and when everything is clicking and you're jumping, dashing, and killing, the game hits it's stride. It's also super short, clocking in around 2 hours for me.

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4.0 hrs
Posted: July 24
Shadow Blade: Reload is a very tight platform action game. Very reminiscent of Mark of the Ninja. It is a very solid run and the bonus Kanji pieces and time challenges make replayability high. It's a very fun game and I higly recommend it.
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4d 69 72 65 6b | ミレク
0.5 hrs
Posted: June 1
There is not much to say about this game....let/'s try one word: Awesome
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4.2 hrs
Posted: May 16
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5 Beers On Patrol
0.2 hrs
Posted: May 6
Upon starting a new game, only shows a blank white window.

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12.4 hrs
Posted: May 1
An incredibly smooth, fun game. Honestly, I'm surprised by just how high quality it is for an indie game I've barely heard of before. The animations alone are a joy to watch. That said, the combat loses it's luster when you're not constantly running. Enemy types are limited and having to fight the same dudes multiple times in a row due to dying is boring. It's not actually that hard though. I barely noticed any differences between all three difficulty levels, so that was underwelming. There are also a few technical glitches, at one point forcing me to install the game again to proceed. Still, not a bad little game.
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15.9 hrs
Posted: April 17
I stumbled across Shadow Blade: Reload randomly before it was even out. Already looking quite cool, I noticed that Shadow Blade was on iOS, so I bought it. It had me so hooked, I instantly bought the Android version and simul-played it using Bluestacks. Later on, I completed both of them once again on newer hardware, and even the free version of the game called Shadow Blade Zero (Android). Bought this Steam release in early access and then bought it again on iOS and have 100% completed both. But why?

This game is kind of like the love child of Strider 2 and Shinobi 3D. It's fast paced, focuses on platforming and minimal effort put into actual combat (you are required to end enemies ASAP). All of it is done extremely well, from the well made level design to the careful enemy placement. Everything just clicks.

It also controls like a charm. Kuro is easy to handle, he can double jump, dash in air, use several different ways to attack, wall kicks when needed and puts many other ninja video game characters to shame.

The music is catchy, but nothing to write home about. Ever now and then I catch myself humming some of the better tracks, but it could be better.

The game is not perfect, every version of it (even the originals) has collision problems, stuff ending rather abruptly, enemies glitching up or spawning at incorrect places. Sometimes it can get frustrating. I don't care.

I don't care because I REALLY, REALLY loved this game. There's no perfect video game but as long as most of the game clicks together as in Shadow Blade: Reload, I will enjoy it. Can I recommend it? Hell yeah, it's easily one of the best ninja games out there and if you like those, or are into retro games, this will surely satisfy your needs.

It will last a while too. The game has three difficulty modes all with altered level designs and enemy placements, a challenge mode that offered some of the best thrills I've experienced in recent years (gaming-wise) and even a stage creation tool that also has the ability to upload it to the masses easily.

I get it, this isn't really a review and it certainly doesn't help that I'm raving over this game. But look at that trailer. If you think the game looks cool even just a little bit, you should probably buy it. I doubt it'll disappoint.

Still, I feel like this game was made for me. I have no other way to explain why I love it so much. It just clicks with me. Thanks for the awesome work, devs.
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Mr Windblade
0.2 hrs
Posted: April 2
I didn't spend a lot of time with it because it's not really my kind of game, but it's got good graphics, the controls are tight, and I didn't really see a whole lot to complain about.

I just don't really care for this kind of game.

If you're a fan of old-school platformers, it's well worth a shot.
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27.2 hrs
Posted: March 30
If you're a fan of the original ninja gaiden trilogy on the nes then you'll love this. Not only is this the best platformer on steam it's one of my favorites period. Fast paced 2d action platformer action that feels so damn good to play. Highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
I'm puzzled when I look at reviews that say "Mark Of The Ninja clone" or "Strider 2". These people have obviously never played the other titles or maybe they just idled the game for cards and took a guess based off the screenshots?

This game is a fast paced parkour platformer, it's actually closer to Rayman Origins than anything else. The game's all about how fast you can finish a level and how much of an item you can collect before finishing the level too.

Overall, I found it to be more fun than Mark Of The Ninja but less of an interesting story. It's easy to understand why people would compare this game Mark Of Ninja when they first (since both have that graphic novel vibe) see it but when you actually play it, it's a totally different story.

There's NO stealth element in the game. The enemies do not react to the environment. It's very basic and everything is simplified. It's not about sneaking, it's about running fast. Think Rayman Origins with Ninjas. Worth the money and a worthy addition in your library if you dig Ninja games.
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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
23.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 23, 2014
Gone from the days of gaming are the distilled shots of adrenaline and the twitch based action from titles such as Shinobi or Strider that pressed us to try again and again. Now replaced with fluff and filler, the complex tutorials and drawn-out narratives that take the place of what could be great gameplay. Shadow Blade follows in the spirit of the aforementioned hacknslash titles with it's to-the-point levels and their memorable designs.

Shadow Blade: Reload is a speed runner's paradise, through and through.

It includes all of the usual markings you'd expect from a solid action game from it's straight-forward yet deceptive level designs, to the quick arcade-like combat and addictive score chasing incentives. Your initial runs will be easy but they will be sloppy, and as you play you'll discover tricks and shortcuts that make conquering your past efforts a serious treat. The levels come in bite-sized pieced which keep the pace perfect and easy to jump into again and again to tackle your previous scores.

With 60 levels and counting set across 4 differently themed stages and a wealth of modes like easy and robust level-editor and a multiplayer Race mode for up to 4-players that brings Speed Runners style competition, this is already showing some serious potential in it's Early Access state as it continues to receive updates.

It's also received a hefty amount of changes and polishes to the combat since it's highly acclaimed mobile origins, most importantly the layer of depth and strategy added by Shurikens for well planned ranged shots, effecting how you approach each situation. With the addition of new levels, more secrets, more exploration and features, it's easily worth it even for those who have played the hell out of the original version.

Seemingly simple first glance, Shadow Blade really begins to shine as the player revisits past stages and begins to explore it's possibilities for a faster run. There are loads of hard to spot tricks and little shortcuts that will cut down on your time, and going back to discover them and besting your previous scores just feels really good. All in all, this is the kind of game that should be played from the perspective of a speed runner to be enjoyed to it's full extent.

Shadow Blade: Reload hits the spot and keeps you coming back for more long after you've overcome the obstacles of it's many cunning levels.
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33 of 43 people (77%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 14, 2015
Actually a pretty fun platformer with great art style, cutscenes, and gameplay. Worth the money.
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24 of 29 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
148.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 26, 2015
Really amazing game. I haven't had this much fun playing a 2d platformer in a long time. Very well done!
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19 of 22 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21, 2014
This game is quite enjoyable. It’s fast, fun and often requires quick thinking. There are a ton of levels and a bunch of unique mechanics that can really be challenging at times. I particularly liked how upping the difficulty morphs the level – giving it harder paths, adding more traps, but it still has the same general layout. The controls feel responsive, the animations are nice and the music and sound effects are pretty cool too.

There’s even a degree of replayability, as you can always go back and try and beat your best scores on levels you’ve already completed, and if the devs end up adding leaderboards like they are planning to it will only add to that. Also, this is one of the few games that actually has a level editor. As it stands though, the editor is quite basic so could definitely do with a bit more stuff in it (I will update this bit if it changes upon the games release). Anyway, I’ve had a ton of fun with this and would definitely recommend it to anyone who’s into the Side-Scrolling Action-Platformer type genre.

If you are looking for a short video to show you what the game is, here’s a link to a 2 minute one:

And if you’re looking for a more in depth look at the game, here’s a link to an approximately 15 minute video:
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
Absolutely love it, as many have mentioned, it will itch at your speed running abilities as the levels have a great flow and are very fun to complete. There is also a level editor which is quite basic currently, but I imagine will be touched upon as the game updates. The controls are perfect, favoring speedy executions, air dashing and my favorite wall jumping approach in any game I've played. I highly recommend it if you're into pushing yourself through speed running or if you enjoy a good platformer.

On top of this, the developers keep updating their game, fixing issues that happened to slip through the cracks of developing a game. They're willing to update their game, so I am willing to update my review. This company is genuinely trying to give you a great game, and I think they succeed all around.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 7, 2015
Shadow Blade: Reload is an action-platformer where you are a ninja. Your objective is to get through each level as efficiently as possible. Currently, finished playing the main game. It was overall a pleasant experience of getting through the levels. Would go for a second time on hardcore. Also, it seemed as though there are several levels with more than one way to beat.

-Decent graphics and good looking visuals
-Smooth gameplay
-Interesting levels
-Slashing through enemies is fun

-A little bit buggy
-Some parts too easy

RECOMMENDED for people who love to play platformer games.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 11, 2015
Ninja Gaiden Lives.....
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 6, 2015
A nice little speed running focused game with ninjas and evil cyborgs.
The controls are pretty tight (but still occasionally glitchy due to early access stuff, not too much though).
Levels are very well designed - there are enough variety in movement, enemies positions, traps, collectibles locations, and all that stuff. You never get bored or feel like you are playing the same level again and again. Which is a good thing!
There are several boss fight that have been set up using speed running mechanics. Adds even more variety to the gameplay.
Overall, a very solid and pleasant experience if you are into the genre. Pulling off some tricky sequences can be extremely gratifying.

On the downside - still some minor glitches here and there, but the game is updated quite frequently and they are getting fixed pretty quick.
And if you are not into the speed running genre, you are probably going to be bored pretty quickly.

For slightly more detailed look see the video below:
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
This reviewed is written with me completing the story and some of the challenge levels along with replaying some of the original level back in masterclass difficulty to see what changes.

Shadow Blade: Reload [Review]
Developer: Deadmage
Release Date: 2015
Genre: Action Platformer

Ninjas, always hiding in the shadows, roofs, backroom, and other such shady places waiting for a chance to slit our throat then be gone in the darkness with no one none the wiser. Yeah Shadow Blade: Reload isn't one of those ninja games. As Kuro the black hooded ninja you carve a path of bloody rampage as you jump, slide, dash, and slash your way through a bunch of very short and pretty hard levels [but ultimately satisfying] in his quest to do stuff.

Yes that means no sneaking or whatsoever as you just run and avoid all the obstacles while raking up points for ratings and get to the end While playing through several themed world [that all share the same pool of enemy]. Anyways... review anyone?

You get those little *squick* noises as you stab and slice into the enemy, some beeping and shooting noises, and grunts for the SFX which isnt too bad really.

Music only serves as ambient noises but it never gets in the way until it forces you to mute it and put on some other tunes. In fact it's pretty relaxing listening to it as you restart over and over again dying.

It's alright, nothing too fancy a little 3D here and there and at least the locale for the world changes for each of them. A shame the enemies don't even have a palette swap but hey I argue for gameplay purposes you want to be able to tell the enemy at a glance. Overall it's fine.

Controls, Optimization, Option Menu
The game ran at 60 fps nearly all the time but there are dips here and there especially when part of the scenery contains an outdoor tile, those usually run my fps down by 20-25 down to 40. Testing with an Intel HD4000 yields playable framerate although dippings are far more noticeable with it.

Option menu is lacking to say the least, you get some audio options, SOME graphical options with some of them might help with your FPS if you're having issues such as resolution, AA, some other things. Overall it could be better but at least it does give you some leeway.

Controls, to preface I did not play the game at all the keyboard, sure you can rebind but god help me because this is a platformer game so you pretty much would want a controller for those precise controls, not that you can't play with a keyboard of course especially if you prefer it that way. At least the keys are rebindable. For controllers you might encounter a weird issue where the button on screen don't correspond to the buttons you actually need to press. But the controllers input are pretty solid other than the ledge grab being a bit too sticky at times.

Is pretty simplistic as far as platformer games go. There's no upgrade, no new weapon unlocks and all those other stuff. Instead immediately following the tutorial you get all the tools you need to pretty much finish the whole game with.

You have the dash, the jump, the double the jump, the sword, the shuriken and pretty much that is it. Kuro only has 1 life and if you get hit or anything you will have to restart back at the checkpoint with a point penalties.

Levels have you using all of these arsenals of yours to get from point A to point B without dying [too much] and along the way clicking buttons, stepping on pressure plates, dodging spikes in this improbable landscape architecture. Strewed throughout the levels in hard to reach places are kanji letters [that is Japanese letters for you folks] and orbs that gives a boost to your score. These serves no purpose besides grading you so if you prefer to just immediately run to the exit like what I did you are free to do that. Although the D can be a bit insulting. Replaying the level in higher difficulty not only changes enemy amount and placement but also adds more traps to the levels!

Enemies come in a few easily discernable form with some of them being immune to only a specific types of attack while others are pretty free kill. The homing enemy however can get a bit annoying since the homing capability they have on them last a while and they lock on hard to you. But once you do get to know all these fine gents you can easily counter them even when they come in packs of 2 and 3.

Levels come in 7 worlds with each world having between 5-7 levels each.

Overall that's how the game plays, get to the end of the level, kill enemies, collect points, and not die.

Conclusion? I like this game a bit. The story wraps up nicely while using pretty cool looking comic artstyles for the presentation and at least it's coherent and has an ending that ties everything up. The controls are tight and there's hardly any bugs for the times I played it and for $15 for a 2-3 hours worth of entertainment of slicing and dashing you decide whether its worth for you. Hey if you're a cheapo you can always get it on sale.

Scoring Methology:
- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

Verdict: B-Rank [A pretty nice short game.]

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