Invite a friend to explore the strange, yet beautiful world of darkness and light in Shadow Puppeteer, an award-winning, local co-op adventure.
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Mostly Positive (94 reviews) - 78% of the 94 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 29, 2014

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“...smart paced and extremely rewarding.”
4.5/5 – Co-Optimus

“...really amazing and a lot of fun.”
90/100 – Gamers Haven

“Moving light sources around the screen to help the shadow get around is a fantastic idea and sets Shadow Puppeteer apart from the vast majority of platformers on the market which use more basic jump mechanics to engross the player.”
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About This Game

Invite a friend to explore the strange, yet beautiful world of darkness and light in Shadow Puppeteer, an award-winning, local co-op adventure.

Assume the roles of a boy and his shadow, separated from one another by the evil shadow puppeteer. Work together to manipulate light, solving puzzles that bring you closer to finding this villain and freeing other shadows he has stolen.

Winner of the 2015 Indie Prize Director’s Choice Award and applauded for its stunning art, enchanting music and clever puzzles, Shadow Puppeteer will captivate players from beginning to end.


Key Features
  • Single Player or Local Co-Op
    Enjoy Shadow Puppeteer by yourself or with the company of a significant other, family member or friend in shared-screen co-op.

  • Easy-to-Learn Controls
    Optimized for controllers, Shadow Puppeteer is easy to pick up for players of all skill levels.

  • Entertaining Puzzles
    Harness the power of light to solve cleverly crafted puzzles in 2D and 3D space.

  • Rich Atmosphere
    Breathtaking 3D art and an amazing soundtrack transport you to the delightful world of Shadow Puppeteer.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP2 or higher
    • Processor: Quadcore 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0 with 512MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: We recommend playing this game with controllers
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Quadcore 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 3 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0 with 1024MB of VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX compatible sound card
    • Additional Notes: We recommend playing this game with controllers
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Mostly Positive (94 reviews)
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Stefneh
4.0 hrs
Posted: July 28
Eh, It’s not too shabby.

I dragged my boyfriend into playing this with me, as it looked like a decent game that would be an easy 100% and I read that it’s easier to complete in co-op rather than on your own.

So with that said this review is based purely on my co-op experience.

First of all, the game generally came across kind of low budget. The graphics are okay but it’s the animation that gives it that feeling I think. Expression can be hard to read sometimes seeing as your character has no mouth (his eyes just kind of roll around in their sockets and you kind of wonder to yourself “Why is there no character to this character?” and “Dude where’s your mouth though seriously?”). It’s noticeable but it doesn’t exactly ruin the game.

The story is kind of weird. I’m not even entirely sure I know what was going on but I guess you can get a general kind of idea from what they give you. There is no voice acting in the game (excluding sound effects, I think) and with what I said above about expression, it can be difficult sometimes to feel totally in sync with what it’s trying to tell you.

Despite the above negativities, the gameplay itself was quite fun. There were some clever little mechanics with the use of the shadow and although the game wasn’t all that challenging (despite it having it’s moments towards the end) it was still an enjoyable game to play.

We played this for around 4 hours, with one or two breaks in-between and we managed to 100% it in that time. It was getting quite late towards the end of the game and I think we both (more so my poor boyfriend) just wanted to finish it and get it over with. The very last part of the game when you confront the main antagonist had our jimmies rustling in the cold night wind that little bit but hey hoe it was still fun.

I would definitely suggest playing this game co-op (only because I can’t imagine playing it solo) if you wanted to give it a try. I think it’s worth a playthrough. It’s nothing amazing but it’s a decent little game.


TL;DR : A fairly short but decent little game that I would recommend you to play with a friend. It has some decent mechanics and is fun to play despite it not being all that challenging.
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RagingGoat
1.1 hrs
Posted: July 10
While the idea is fantastic it was just poorly executed. The isometric 3D camera focused too much on helping the shadow perform their platforming while the other player is left confused as to where they actually are. The whole game seems too focused on the shadow mechanics and the coop elements are weak at best.
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Spaz
6.1 hrs
Posted: July 1
I wish there was a neutral button. Because I'm having fun playing the game but their is some frustrating things about it.
Pros:
Great atmosphere
Excellent art style
Fun puzzles
Good couch co op

Cons:
Horrible controls for the boy, I think it would be a much better game if he was in 2 1/2 D instead of 3D. It also feels like there is some missing sound assets or something, because there is no weight to the boy. He feels really floaty and awkward. The crappy controls really brings down the fun factor of this game.
It totally could be an B+ or a solid A but the controls bring it to a C+. It's totally worth it for the sale price but not full price.
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Xriah
0.2 hrs
Posted: June 23
There's nothing here that you haven't seen done before or done better. Waste of time.
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Chase of Bass
1.3 hrs
Posted: May 21
This is a very cool very creative game. Love the graphics style and the level design/ shadow mechanic makes for some interesting fun puzzles.
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BigAmitaPrince
3.1 hrs
Posted: May 21
Really interesting game with nice mechanics.. but really short!
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Eluminite
4.5 hrs
Posted: May 8
Played through it with my girlfriend on a Sunday afternoon. It took about 4 hours, but around two hours of that was bashing our heads against a wall on the very last boss, not seeing the one little thing we needed to interact with- I get the feeling this might not have been extensively playtested from a couch 15 feet away & in daylight.

I really like the core mechanic, and it's done very well (though maybe not flawlessly). But where this game really shines is in playing it alongside somebody you trust. I've had very few co-op experiences I've enjoyed as much and would not hesitate to mention this game in the same breath as Portal 2.

It's a short game that probably costs too much relative to its length, and which completely falls apart at the final boss... on multiple levels. But playing through everything up to that boss was a fantastic experience and made our day. I wish there were more co-op puzzle games like this in the world.
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Barry Dunne
0.7 hrs
Posted: February 20
Shadow Puppeteer is a fantastic game that's meant for a great co-op experience. I first completed the game on Wii U on my own and was that a challenge. Plenty of anger moments especially towards boss scenes haha. Got the chance to play with a friend and it makes the game so much easier. The game is single player is really a bonus to players who dare to complete it on their own as it is not easy. The game is stunning to look at and the music is fantastic from start to finish. I wish there was more games like this on any console. There is also plenty of Orbs to be collected which will unlock brilliant artwork and songs to listen to on the menu. If I was to quickly review this, I would give it an 8.5/85% rating. A massive congrats to Sarepta Studio on their PC and Wii U debut and hope they continue to make more great, co-op games for everyone to enjoy. Support the "smaller" indie companies that help shape the industry today! :)
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3.1 hrs
Posted: February 19
Excellent game for two players, the mechanics are easy to learn but challenging to master.
The scenario is interesting and immersive, graphics are great and the challenges are progressivly more difficult.
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Bumblebugbee3
3.9 hrs
Posted: February 16
I love playing cooperative videogames. They let you test your teamwork and communication skills. Its great way to pass the time with friends and family. Its not very often a co-op game really catches my attention and as online gaming continues to grow local co-op is becoming limited. So when me and my sister played through Shadow Puppeteer over the last couple weeks I was extremely impressed. This is a great, stand-out, co-op experience and developers should be taking notes.

In shadow puppeteer your character becomes aware of a man stealing everyone's shadows. He fails to capture your shadow but he does manage to separate it from your body. Now you and your shadow must help each other traverse different obstacles as you chase down the shadow puppeteer.

The first thing you'll notice about Shadow Puppeteer is the asymmetrical game-play. The boy lives in three dimensions where as the shadow lives on a 2D plane. The shadow needs to keep on top of other shadows to keep from falling out of the world. The boy has to help move objects around to help the shadow navigate. The shadow also can help out since he has the ability to reach places the boy can't.

You and your partner really need to cooperate if you want to progress. Both characters share an equal load of the work. This isn't the kind of game where one player can just compensate for the other. There are challenging situations that requires both players to be in sync and they often take several tries to complete. Its feels extremely rewarding when you finally succeed together.

The game is not perfect. The physics are touchy and aren't very predictable. Also the game isn't particularly long. This all being said it was a very fulfilling experience. If you're looking for co-op games for PC and have a couple 360 controllers I highly recommend it. This is what co-op games are all about. I really hope we continue to see more games like it.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
69 of 72 people (96%) found this review helpful
72 people found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
Shadow Puppeteer is a good game to play local co-op with your daughter. If you don't have a daughter, I really suggest investing in one, as they are really useful to have around. I've seen some criticism of Shadow Puppeteer as not being a good single player game, and that may be completely true, but my recommendation is based entirely on the co-op experience.

First thing to do here is get the obvious comparison out of the way. Shadow Puppeteer gets compared to Contrast, but that seems to be based on the general premise. Shadow Puppeteer is no Contrast. If you want a really good single player game and don't have Contrast, get that. It is very cool. But if you want a good local co-op game to play with your daughter, and I'm assuming you have acquired one by this point based on my previous suggestion, get Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light. After you have finished that, get Shadow Puppeteer.

"Damn, Otter" I hear you say, "This sounds like rather faint praise." I understand it might sound like I'm not even recommending this game, but all I'm really saying is that while Shadow Puppeteer isn't the best co-op experience out there, it's certainly worth playing. Just, you know, after you've played the games that are better. Look at it this way. If your cat throws up on the rug, do you immediately get rid of the cat? Of course not. Cats are just inherently evil animals that seek ways to cause trouble for their owners. They cover up their evil by being cute, so that no matter what they do, your daughter will say "Aw, she's so adorable, she didn't mean it!" This leaves you with the difficult choice of either putting up with the cat which is intent on destroying your home and all that you own, or sending the cat on its merry way, thereby alienating the daughter that you rely on to play co-op games.

It's not always easy maintaining a balance between video games and daughters and cats, so here are a few qualifying questions to help sort it out.

Of cats, video games, and daughters, which have you had to drive for medical care in the middle of the night?

Which are you worried might get pregnant?

Which have given you hours upon hours of fun?

Which have made you proud?

Which have you spent the most money on?

Which would you not want to live without?

I know that for myself, these answers are obvious, and it may also be as obvious that I've written this review for Kira, my love, who certainly places above the cat on the list, and without whom I could not play local co-op games at all. Oh, and Shadow Puppeteer is fun. If you have someone to play with.
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57 of 68 people (84%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 30, 2014
Shadow Puppeteer is a beautiful, unique and interesting platformer. It's great fun to play with a friend, and was to me surprisingly fluent single player as well. Controlling both characters at the same time creates for a very cool dynamic. I adore the art style, and I think the cutscenes are fantastic. The music is also really good, and creates a very nice atmosphere.

Yes, the game has some flaws, but to me personally they're very minor. Nothing that you shouldn't expect from a small indie game like this. It's all a part of the charm, and it just adds to the character. Like how something home made might not come in fancy wrappings, but has a lot more soul and heart than a big commercial product could ever achieve.

It's a beautiful little indie title, and I recommend everyone to play it.
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 14
get it in a bundle, or at least 85% off.

no way it is worth $16.99

a fair but not outstanding local co-op game. I've seen better I've seen worse, but this is full retail the most overpriced of any. You are looking at 3-4 hours gameplay only.

5/10
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18 of 23 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Shadow Puppeteer is a awesome game! It have a beautiful design and a new and unique gameplay with kind of a creepy Tim Burton movie feeling. I played in single mode and did not have any problems coordinate the two characters. I think the game have just the right amount of difficulty, yes some levels were a little difficult like the final boss and so on, but true gamers like a challenge and who dosent love the feeling of beating a complex game. Playing with two characters at the same time is not a struggle just double the fun ;D I recommend to give this game a chance and check it out!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
I've tried this game both as co-op and single player and even though the game shines brightest when playing co-op, it baffles my mind how so many dismiss the single player as unplayable. The closest comparison I could find is that controlling both characters at the same time is like playing an instrument (piano, guitar, etc); you have to disconnect your hands from each other to play them right. It's not something many people can pick up instantly, but after a bit of practice anyone can get into the groove.

Co-op is, as I've said, the mode I enjoyed the most (and from what I can tell it's designed around). It's probably best to see the single player as an added challenge extending the co-op part of the game. And with all these local co-op action games coming out it's good to have a puzzle game to chill out with.

The devs have also been updating with bug fixes and gameplay tweaks which is great.

If you play on keyboard I would highly recommend you remap the keys to something you feel is comfortable. But since this is a platformer you should play it with a controller, like all platformers should.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 21, 2015
Co-Op game that has interesting mechanic - One of the players play as a boy in 3D environment, other player plays as his shadow, in 2D environment. Both must work together to overcome problems for each boy.

It seemed a bit "slow" at first, but generally puzzles were interesting enough to keep us playing and they weren't recycled way too much. There were interesting segments related to story, mini bosses etc. World puzzles are different as well depending on environment, so each new level felt refreshing and unique in some way.

Only problem for us were last boss fights, which took us at least one hour, and really hard perspective for 3D player, thanks to which he kept failing to jump at correct spot.

It lasts 3-5 hours and we played it in one go. It could use some more content or workshop support - it would be a blast to play different levels made by community.

P.S. You can get it for $1 on HB while promotion lasts.

+ Cool gameplay mechanics with 2D/3D and intereaction between those
+ Some really cool puzzles that are something new (we kept saying "Wow this game is awesome" type of puzzles)

- 3D players camera which makes it hard to jump at correct spot or even walk straight
- Last boss, even though it's simple, turns out to be really pain
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
A fun & enjoyable puzzle platformer, with warm colours & well made levels, very fun to play with a friend.
You can play it by yourself if you're up for the challenge.
Nice gimmick, good game mechanics, would recommend it to any of my friends & foes. :D
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27 of 44 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3, 2014
It's a nice idea for a co-op video game but not very well executed. In my opinion Shadow Puppeteer should be advertised as a "co-op only" video game as the controlling of both the kid and his shadow in the single player mode is essentially the same as controlling at the same time two different characters in any kind of game. In essence in many sections it's extremely frustrating to try and coordinate movements and jumpings in several sections where there is a need for quick reaction.

Other than that, unfortunately, the game is filled with several bugs, frame-rate issues and an overall quality that shows a game that didn't received much polish. Furthermore controlling the kid (in 3d space in comparison with the shadow) is problematic because of certain camera angles that makes it difficult to know the depth of field when jumping leading to some really frustrating platform sections.

There are some cool puzzles throughout the game and fun to be had by playing co-op but in general it's a game that needed much more time to be truly complete and functioning.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
Absolutely wonderfull game. Reminds me of BROTHERS (a masterpeice, by the way), only, this one i sactually 2 Player CO-0P, rather than 1 Player CO-OP)

The game allows for Single Player, but, HELLS NO. Play this 2 Player, Co-op with a friend. I think I would go outside and play in traffic if I played this Solo.

Played with my Daughter, we DIED, LAUGHED, went WHOA!!!, rinsed, and repeated. Highly Reccomend for anyone with a buddy on the Couch.
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17 of 26 people (65%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
This game has a cute idea, but fails badly on execution. The basic premise is that you control a little boy and his shadow, who are chasing after a man who has stolen everyone else's shadows. There's no dialogue in the cutscenes, but it's pretty simple and easy to follow the very thin plot. The core of the game is the platforming, and this is where it has trouble. The boy moves through a 3D environment, and the shadow moves across the wall or floor in a 2D environment. This provides for some cool ways to twist the traditional platforming concepts, as he must stay on shadows, and they can be manipulated in interesting ways.

Right off the bat, you get the feeling the game is unpolished, as the boy's legs don't consistently animate. He just glides around for a while, then his legs will sometimes start moving. The jumping sequences are sometimes pretty frustrating, but what makes them worse is that sometimes you will encounter weird clipping glitches where the boy will pass through ostensibly solid surfaces. Sometimes this helps, like when you can move through a wall and get past a tough spot, but sometimes he'll just fall through the floor into the abyss. There was one spot in the game where I got stuck in a loop where the boy would die for no reason, and immediately respawn, only to die again. There was no way to get out of this other than to restart the level. And that was about halfway through relatively long level, so I lost a good amount of progress.

There are also some bad design choices, like the energy line connecting the boy and the shadow. If they get too far apart, they apparently die and you have to start over at the last checkpoint. This is annoying enough as something to constantly worry about, but in one leve, where the surfaces the shadow is standing on are moving great distances side to side, it's just about game breaking, because it's extremely tough to keep the boy and the shadow close enough together to avoid insta-death and having to go back to the last checkpoint yet again.

So in summary, neat idea marred by bad design and sloppy execution. There's no way this is worth the price they're asking. Give it a miss.
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