Create and combine powerful gems with towers, and use them in intricate ways to defend yourself against endless waves of monsters. Fight your way through an epic story, unfolding mysteries and facing sinister enemies and artifacts to entrap the Forgotten.
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Release Date: Apr 30, 2015

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About This Game

The latest installment of the GemCraft series is a unique tower defense game, where, instead of towers, gems are the main weapon to fight endless hordes of monsters.

Place your gems in towers, traps, or amplifiers, replace and switch them as you wish. Even combine them to create more powerful gems with powerful abilities, drop them as gem bombs or activate powerful buildings, the possibilities are endless, the choice is yours!

Fight your way through an epic story, unfolding mysteries and facing sinister enemies and artifacts, as you try to entrap the Forgotten, an archdemon with an unknown agenda and no known way to kill, and to slay her demonic avatars, the shadows. Fierce and desperate battles await you...

Key Features:


  • More than 190 Stages to Explore!
  • 25 passive skills you can obtain and spend skill points on; every time you level up, you get more skill points to spend, but even unspent points help you by giving mana at the start of battles.
  • More than 400 achievements that give you additional skill points, and a real challenge if you want to get them all!
  • 9 gem types you can freely combine to make gems that suit your tactical needs.
  • 9 battle traits with 7 levels of toughness each, and 3 battle difficulty tiers - mix them and stack them to fight tough battles for more XP and epic loot!
  • Find talisman fragments you can socket into your talisman for a wide variety of battle bonuses.
  • 3 strike spells and 3 gem enhancement spells to aid you in battle - you will need them...
  • Stop the battle any time or speed it up to 9x speed, play the way you like; manage your gems if you have to, or fast forward if you feel confident.
  • Summon more monsters by dropping your gems on wave stones, you can have as many as you can fight, but beware, summoning more will make them more powerful as well, be too bold and the battle will be lost in no time...
  • Go back to any previously completed stage and fight again to get more XP, level up to get even more powerful, to be able to get even more XP...
  • After winning a battle, you can continue in Endurance mode - defend yourself and hold on as long as you can with a chance for additional XP and loot!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista SP1
    • Processor: Intel Celeron N or better
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics or better
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7/8
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 or better
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Radeon HD / Geforce GTX grade graphics card
    • Storage: 100 MB available space
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TIG
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
The game is perfect for reflection, but also the very concept is very good.
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Nomine
( 17.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
Great game for tower defense fans.

I first got into the series back in 2008 when I saw Gemcraft available on Armorgames. I had a good time playing through it and all the following gemcraft games after that. After Labyrinth, I rarely looked up news about possible new sequel over 3-4 years until I found out that it would be available to buy on steam or playable on Armorgames again. I was happy, but I had other games to play and decided to wait for a steam release along with a discount.

Then one day, a new killer bundle comes up from Bundle Stars and I take a look at it - Chasing Shadows is right there, so I decide to buy. At this time I was still be playing other games, so I didn't install it until a few days ago.

The game is very fun and rewarding as there is a lot of variety! You can use various abilities on enemies, drop bombs on enemies and waves, place many kinds of towers, combine towers to upgrade them, add various rules that increase your exp gain, craft items and upgrade those items for various benefits all at your own pace (you can press space to pause wave and do whatever as long as you have the spell charges and mana for it). There is a big amount of achievements too.

I've failed some stages because of bombing waves too much, but it hasn't frustrated me. You can restart the stage after learning from your mistakes and use 9x speed to get back to where you lost rather quickly.

If you like getting achievements and playing tower defense games, I would recommend to buy this game.

10/10 (might edit this more later..)
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Nameless
( 66.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 25
Very fun tower defense game. Be aware that it is very easy to get in the typical turn based "one more turn" mindset
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Sinnlos
( 303.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 24
Played every previous version on addictinggames.com, this is the best flash game ever made, and by far the best tower defense i've ever played since WC3 mods. Can't wait for more.
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Mitch8128
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
the best tower defence game out, so happy to hear its out on steam
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Underage drinking
( 12.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
I remember playing this game in a browser on some dotcom. It is still as fun and way more refined. lots or areas to unlock, apparantly thousands of levels to earn for your avatar. If you want to play a wave tower defense game this would be a good jam for you to relax or not :)
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joey2cheeze
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 22
Very fun game, easy to play, and LOTS of achievements to earn!
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Lazlay
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
10/10
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shiningdarknessgames
( 51.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
I spent a large portion of my childhood playing GemCraft; mainly GemCraft: Labyrinth. When I heard Chasing Shadows had come out I instantly went and bought it. It was 80% off and after a few hours of playing, I felt like I hadn't paid enough. This is a Tower Defense game that offers insane amounts of content for its low price of $10. As a player, you're able to experiment and explore each level with increasing amounts of flexability as the game goes on. You can unlock mind boggling skills and create devastating combos with millions of outcomes. This game is a MUST-HAVE for any Tower Defense fan, strategy game fan, or someone looking for something new. Get this game.
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cvtbfg4711
( 268.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
LAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAg and After some time more Laaaaaaag
not worth it !
In high levels Totally Unplayable !
Not fun , Not fun at all.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 10
Moving from a game without meat on its bones, here's one with an absolute ton of it. Chasing Shadows is the latest game in the Gemcraft series, which have appeared on flash sites before this; they have an ongoing storyline, but it generally features you playing as a nameless wizard, fighting monsters using gems, as the title implies. Much like Kingdom Rush, Chasing Shadows is a paid version of the game with all the premium content unlocked.

Chasing Shadows is considered the second chapter of the game, and has apparently been in development since 2011. It certainly shows, as the game has a great deal of polish, and also looks quite nice considering it's a flash game. You play as an unnamed wizard who has just recovered from being possessed by a demon known as the Forgotten, which happened at the end of Chapter 1. Now free from your body, she aims to invade the Spiritforge, a citadel where the other wizards of the world are hiding out. From his old tower, your wizard aims to trap her before she can do this, which entails projecting himself into the lands ahead to free them of monsters and gather strength.

You have quite a bit of freedom in Chasing Shadows. The game uses sort of a grid system, and you can build a tower anywhere there's four spaces free. You power them by slotting in gems, from a set selection in each level, although at some later point it seems you do unlock the ability to use types of them whenever you want. There's no real 'base' gem, as all of them have some special power, from a chance to hit multiple enemies, to poison, to stealing mana (the main resource of the game). You can also combine them, creating a tower that does multiple things at once. Not long in the game, you unlock traps, which make the gems deal far less damage but amplify their effects. Much later, there are also amplifiers, which buff adjacent towers and traps. Finally there are walls, which divert enemy paths. This all comes together to give you a lot of freedom with how you approach levels.

Each gem has twelve ranks to it, which require increasingly large amounts of mana to create. This ties into the game's level-up system, where you gain more base mana every level, with an additional amount for the skill points you've accrued (three every level, plus a certain amount for each of the game's many, -many- achievements) but haven't invested. It feels like a game meant to appeal to gamers that like watching their numbers get bigger and bigger, not unlike Disgaea. And much like that series, Chasing Shadows gives you a lot of shortcuts to grinding, since the game allows - dares, really - you to play chicken with it at every turn.

Other Tower Defense games let you call a wave early for bonuses. Chasing Shadows does that too, but also allows you to call multiple waves at once, including a specific key combination for calling every single wave still remaining to come charging in at once. Before that, you can drop gem bombs on the markers indicating them, causing more of them to spawn and tougher. Throughout the game you also acquire Battle Trait scrolls, which you can set at a level from one to nine before a level, spawning an extra wave for each and giving the enemy certain bonuses, but also increasing your total experience dramatically if you're daring enough. Since the first difficulty isn't very taxing while playing normally, this can spice up your experience a lot.

There are quite a few levels in Chasing Shadows, but it tries its best to keep things from being boring, and most of them tend to have some set-pieces about them. This ranges from simple things like abandoned buildings or chests you can blow open for minor rewards, to ones that seriously affect a given level, such as Tome Chambers, which unlock a skill for you provided you kill a certain amount of enemies in its range, or Wizard Towers, which unlock further sections of the map if you break all the locks around them - and you should, since they'll fail the level for you if you don't.

Compared to the other games I've covered, this one has a more solitary feel to it; there's no real music, and not too many sound effects, so if you want a game to chill out with while you're listening to something you won't be missing out on much. And if you want a lot of bang for your buck or a game that has a lot of avenues for improvement, it can offer that too. It's newer, but should definitely be recommended alongside Kingdom Rush and Defense Grid.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
57.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
If you enjoyed any other of the Gemcraft games or are completely new to the genre, I would strongly recommended this game as a great example of what a TD should be!

There is a great deal of variety and exploration along with in depth strategy, the only negative aspect of the game would be some balance issues with gem colour.

Regardless, I have seen the price go down to £1.74 which makes it a must buy.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
52.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 5
57 billion flavours of potato

Let's start by saying that you get a lot of content for little money with GemCraft.

It's a classic Tower Defense game, gameplay mechanics are very standard. Monsters go for your orb and you have to murder them before they reach it.

The game is like the title says, based on gems, you can place gems in towers where they'll shoot enemies, or in traps where they'll damage those who walk on them. You can also use them as bombs, use them to boost your tower, to protect your orb, you can sacrifice them to shrines or you can expend them to make your enemies stronger. In fact, you can do pretty much anything with your gems.

Customization options are near infinite.

There are 9 base colors, each of them have a different side effect, you can upgrade, combine, destroy, level up your gems in any possible combination.

You can build your own structures, towers, traps, mazes, depending on the geography of the level.

There are a lot and a lot and a lot of levels. Enough to say you won't see the end of the game for a very long time.

You can customize your level of difficulty to the ultimate detail. There are 3 base levels to choose from, but after that you can add some random combination of traits, add a wave of this or a wave of that, boost the enemy armor or their speed etc... You can call down multiple waves at the same time during levels, Sacrifice gems to add more enemies and other weird stuff.

For adding difficulty you get more XP and drops as a reward. Those drops can be used to customize your Talisman, giving you a variety of skil bonuses. The XP you also use to customize your skills and boost certain gems or certain abilities.

I'm not sure I have listed all the possibilities of customization for this game, in fact I'm not sure I have discovered them all.

Choose your own adventure, kinda.

The game isn't particularly hard, especially since you can pretty much pick your own difficulty, so if you wish you can also make it hard for yourself at your very leasure. It does take a lot of hours to reach the end and then you can replay everything to oblivion. And there are also side challenges, where you can't pick the difficulty. Those range from easy-ish to beyond impossible. Honestly I have no idea how some of these challenge are even possible to be completed. I just fail horribly 10 times then I move on. Thankfully they're all optional.

Millions of achievements.

And then there are achievements. So many of them. Hundreds! Millions! Probably a quarter of all my Steam achievements come from this game. They aren't hard to get, they just take a little grinding and sometimes an interesting challenge, so they're a nice +. If you want to boost your number of steam achievments then this is the game for you.

So all in all, there are just so many things to do with this game... but yet in terms of content it doesn't change that much. The levels get a bit same-ish. The waves keep coming and coming and coming and coming and coming.

Like a Potato.

You can do so many things with this game, just like with potato. You can dice it, boil it, bake it, fry it. Turn it into crisps, croquettes and salad. You can have it with Ketchup, mayo, hot sauce and combine all of the above until you realize in the end, it's still just the same old Potato and not much more.

But then, it's cheap and you can probably live off it for a very long time.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
I spent a large portion of my childhood playing GemCraft; mainly GemCraft: Labyrinth. When I heard Chasing Shadows had come out I instantly went and bought it. It was 80% off and after a few hours of playing, I felt like I hadn't paid enough. This is a Tower Defense game that offers insane amounts of content for its low price of $10. As a player, you're able to experiment and explore each level with increasing amounts of flexability as the game goes on. You can unlock mind boggling skills and create devastating combos with millions of outcomes. This game is a MUST-HAVE for any Tower Defense fan, strategy game fan, or someone looking for something new. Get this game.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
56.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Best 2D towerdefense available
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
I love this game, its the best tower defense game available.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 29
Flash tower defense.

But it is an incredibly engaging tower defense at that. I think I got it from a bundle or something, but dang if it is not... Interesting.


Then again I do like tower defense titles for the most part.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
I played the web version of gemcraft labyrinth years ago. Gemcraf chasing shadows adds more features and is totally worth it.

Best tower of defense game ever.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 4
Incredebly big, the options are endless just like the levels themselves are.
Replaying levels is never a drag with all the extra's you can add to make them harder.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
98.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I don't usually go for games with 'cheap' graphics, and it did take me a few hours to get into this one.

But once you get going... there's just a ton of tiny features, tons of incremental growth to keep you moving. So much variation in how you can approach each map, that it's almost infinite. There's a good balance of winning/losing for me - sometimes it kicks my butt and I have to re-think a level, or know that I have to come back later with more tricks.

Lots of fun for a really quick game or a marathon.
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