Raptor: Call of The Shadows is the most action-crazed, guns blazing, shoot ‘em up game you’ve ever played!
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Mostly Positive (185 reviews) - 75% of the 185 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 1, 1994

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“Raptor's voracious gameplay eats other shooters for lunch”
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About This Game

Raptor: Call of The Shadows is a 2D vertical shoot ’em up originally released on MS-DOS in 1994.

Fight as a mercenary in a futuristic world and try your best to defeat the MegaCorps competitors. Use your super-tech Raptor, considered as the future’s most awesome warplane, and face hordes of relentless enemies on ground, air and sea through a total of 27 missions!

Over missions you will earn credits, you will discover bonus or secrets, which will allow you to buy new weapons, shields and bombs to improve your ship.

Key points:
• Growing difficulty
• Upgradeable ship
• A considerable arsenal of weapons and explosives!
• A pulse-pouding soundtrack
• Achievements to unlock (exclusive to the 2015 version)

Raptor is the most action-crazed, guns blazing, shoot ‘em up game you’ve ever played!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Pentium 4 2.4Ghz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Intel HD Graphics
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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Mostly Positive (185 reviews)
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johapol
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 28
Over twenty years old, but still a great shooter game after all those years. It has everything it needs for this type of game. If you like classical Shoot'Em Up games this is for you. Fun and motivating. Definitely worth a buy. The 2015 Edition adds Steam Achievements. Graphics can be improved with a HQ Filter (then the game looks slightly different than in the screenshots). The game works fine with a gamepad. There are three different zones with nine levels each (27 levels total). The game becomes quite a challenge if you don't find a way to collect money and upgrade your ship (18 items available in the shop). Collecting items and selling them in the shop will help you out (the only time you can't use a controller is for selling, you need the mouse). You can buy up to five shields, there are different weapons available for air and ground targets (or against both). Some of the weapons are always equipped, others you can switch during combat. A little bit annoying are the limited savegame slots (you have to delete old savegames first) and that you can't really distinguish them (no titles, no dates). I owned this game back in the 90s but never really played it (I think it was a shareware version just with Bravo sector levels). When I was buying it for Steam I didn't even think I would play it for hours, really a great classic game that, playing it for several hours now, exceeded my expectations, addicting gameplay. I think you can have up to ten hours of casual fun with this game to play it through and unlock the achievements.
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Felix :)
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6
I love this game but I can't recommend the 2015 edition. The music quality is worse and the frame rate is lower than in the original DOS version. Also, every time you save, a new copy of your pilot is saved and an additional save file is created instead of just updating your pilots current save state. The Steam achievements are pretty lame and make no sense (i.e. there is an achievement for giving the pilot a certain name). Some of them are even buggy and won't unlock the way they should. The mouse controls are also a bit dodgy. Sometimes the mouse gets stuck on a certain horizontal position. Don't spend money on this lackluster port. Get the classic version (runs on DOSBox) which is also available here on Steam.
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Daze The Bear Chieftain
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
Not much different from the original version except for a little better looking visuals. Same basic game which I wasn't to impressed with. Old school shmups I tend to like are more in line with 1942 style. This has some good qualities just feels stiff and not really that fun. Just can't recommend it.
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Wounded Jeff Goldblum
( 9.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
A blast from the past
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MahmeV
( 2.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 11
Got a demo of this game from a cereal box when I was a kid. Now about 15 years later I finally found the game and bought it. Was not disappointed. Soundtrack 5/5
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Jerry
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Legendary Game of all times.
You don't want to miss this.
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lowpolybrain
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2
Raptor itself is an awesome game. One of my favorites.

But this is a port. A buggy is buggy and barely playable port. The port does not let you press more than 2 keyboard buttons at once. Also mouse does not work (at least for me)

Don't waste your money on this. Better use dosbox to emulate the original thing.
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DustyBlue
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 24
"2015 Edition"

- no new features other than 10 ♥♥♥♥♥♥ achievements
- no overwriting saves (makes a new one every time)
- no resolution higher than 1280 x 800, apparently
- low framerate
- HQ filter doesn't really look good (just blurs/rounds the pixels, might as well embrace the pixelly-ness)

With that out of the way, it's a pretty average and bare bones shmup with cool music, fair challenge, and lots of levels. Not much else to speak of, honestly. Be sure to manage your money well, in terms of the power-ups in-game as well as actually buying the game, although it is only $5.
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MMG Man
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10
little to no level variation
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Justy
( 5.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 6
I bought this mostly for the peace of mind that comes with paying for a game you've been pirating over and over again for 20 years.
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250 of 325 people (77%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
The 1994 gem, Raptor: Call of the Shadows, is a great game! It's classic, vertically-scrolling shoot-em-up fun with a cool arsenal of weapons. It's not particularly difficult, but knowing which weapons to use at what points to rack up maximum damage makes for some fun strategy. And the music was great, too! Still gets me pumped!

This 2015 update of an old gaming staple, though, is lazy and improves absolutely nothing about the game.

Graphically, the game is unchanged. The game is still locked to a low FPS rate, and though the resolution is configurable via the game launcher, there is no option for 1920x1080. There IS an option for a "smoothing filter" though this does nothing more than muddy the whole appearance of the game.

This version also still rocks the classic, midi tunes that made my young boy heart thump in anticipation of my airborne battles. However, the tracks don't loop seamlessly as I recall them doing in the original iteration. There seems to be a brief pause of silence at the end of a track before it picks up again from the beginning and it's quite annoying.

Onto gameplay. At its core, this version of Raptor is excatly as the original. Controller support has been implimented, but it's sub-par. I still have to grab hold of the mouse on menus to know what I'm doing. On that note, though, when I do use the mouse, the on screen cursor will hit these mysterious vertical and/or horizontal "boundaries" past which cannot navigated without first giving the mouse shaking about the mouse pad. This I can't explain, but I've not had any similar issue with any other application on my PC.

Lastly, what has proven to be MOST troublesome about this half-♥♥♥♥♥ release is the completely unintuitive management of save profiles. I'm a gamer who saves often, and it wasn't long before I discovered that every time you save in this game, it does NOT overwrite the previous save, but instead creates ANOTHER save affiliated with the same name. Additionally, there's a very limited number of available save states, so if you forget to go back and delete previous saves from the main menu, you could came back to the hangar after having completed a mission only to discover that you CAN'T save your progress, and you can't delete previous saves without navigating back to the main menu, meaning that all progress from the previous save is inherently lost.

It's the sort of thing that makes you wonder if the developers every bothered to play their port before releasing it to the public.

I would NOT recommend this port to any person wishing to experience Raptor: Call of the Shadows. I would instead tell them install DOSBox and run the original version- it's actually a bit better.

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66 of 77 people (86%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24, 2015
Better play the old DOS version. It's a shame that they decided to use very LQ wav files as OST.

For example:

[WAV] [01:31] - raptor2 </11 kHz/45 kbps/502,61 KB/> (Microsoft ADPCM 11025 kHz, 4 bit, Mono, 45 kbps)

You can actually replace it with a 16 bit PCM unsigned wav which sounds way better than this 4 bit crap.

I have no clue why they decided to use wave files and not the old DOS and Win9x *.mus files. It's a shame tho.

And another thing is a real shame: The framerate seems to be limited to 24 FPS.

My advice to anyone interested into this game:

Download DosBox: http://www.dosbox.com/
Download the Game (DOS): *Download link removed due to an unclear licence situation*

I also made a video comparing those two versions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1N2z9wuzIw

And play it - you won't regret it.
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69 of 92 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 14, 2015
Holy hell, I did not expect to ever see this game on steam. Its one of the long lost classics of the 90s.

Its amazing, the game itselfs is extremely long, with an amazing upgrade system to go with it. Missiles, rockets, laz0rz's, everything. Manage your currency and make sure to save your game! you will loose your progress if you dont.

However, for a "2015 edition" its extremely lackluster. There is literally no new features in the game, it plays like its exactly as it was 15 bloody years ago. Is that a bad thing? hell no! but i expected at LEAST 1080p 60fps support. According to my steam meter, its running at 24fps. The way this game runs however, you dont feel it. Its easily playable, and for $5 this classic is a steal, I reccomend anyone looking for a nostalgic, or oldschool experience, grab this game!'

I also need to mention the save system. Each save doesn't overright your last, it creates a new one. Tracking saves becomes a chore. This really is a lazy port, I really hope these issues are patched soon.
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33 of 39 people (85%) found this review helpful
23 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 6
I bought this mostly for the peace of mind that comes with paying for a game you've been pirating over and over again for 20 years.
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28 of 31 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 17, 2015
Now before I get started I want to let everyone know, I have nothing against Raptor. I played it as a kid for hours on end and bought the 2015 edition out of nostalgia.

Everything I remember as a kid is there. The one thing I don't remember being in the 1994 release are the bugs, specifically

Buggy Mouse controls - Sometimes there is an invisible forcefield, that prevents your mouse cursor (or your plane) from being able to track across the length of the playing screen and is a problem with all screen resolutions. Now you can navigate the menus with ease with the keyboard, but when your playing the game proper, you don't want to contend with this whilst flying the plane, especially as the playing field can get pretty crowded at times.

Save Bug - Saving after each mission was never a problem playing in the original release (and essential), so imagine my horror when confronting a error message for the first time saying I need to delete some pilot saves?

I'm hoping these problems are rectified as they are annoyances to a great scrolling shoot-em-up, until then its a thumbs down for me.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2015
I loved Raptor back in the day, and don't get me wrong it's still a serviceable shooter if not as good as in my memories, the problem is this godawful port. While I commend the effort of actually making a native Windows version of an older game rather than just tossing it running through Dosbox onto Steam like way too many publishers do, this one is unfortunately pretty botched. Sure, achievements are a nice touch, but there's inadequate options (why a max resolution of 1280x800?), the keyboard controls feel wonky, the mouse controls also feel wonky, and gods help you if you have multiple monitors since the game doesn't lock the mouse properly, meaning it can end up drifting over to another screen causing you to lose control over your ship. In this case, Dosbox might actually have been preferable.

I'd gladly give this a positive review if future patches fixed the issues with Raptor's Windows version, it's still a pretty fun game even if I've played far better shmups in the dozen years since this came out, but the egregious technical issues just ruin the experience. It's probably more playable if you're only using a single screen, but even for those people I can't give it the recommend in this state.

Edit: I've now attempted to play with a controller as well since I'd really like to be able to use this. The controller support is also broken. Wow.
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19 of 21 people (90%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 25, 2015
Please upvote this review so all the potential buyers can see.

This game is an exact copy of the original DOS game, wrapped in another application which only enables it to run on Windows. Sadly, the author shows no signs of ever fixing the bugs in this version even after being contacted by email directly. The issues in this version are:

- FPS locked at 24
- Mouse and joystick/controller issues
- Mouse controls have different speed than keyboard
- Original Raptor soundtrack was replaced by different, pretty crappy soundtrack
- Achievements don't register properly
- Save file issues
and more.

Simply said, get the original DOS game, which is also available on Steam and has none of the issues listed above:

http://store.steampowered.com/app/358360/
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61 of 97 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 13, 2015
I played this game when I was a kid growing up all the time. So when I saw it released today. I HAD to buy it. Its an instant classic. But god damn I don't know how I did it when I was a kid, but this game is HARD.
If you like old school bullet hell games. That you need to act fast and move fast and shoot fast, this game is for you. Takes skill and hand and eye coordination out the ♥♥♥ to perfect it. The money system is based off how much ♥♥♥♥ you blow up, and how many enenmys you kill. Earning money at the end of missions takes you back to the hanger where your able to buy and sell a nice selection of items. If you grew up with this like I did, BUY THIS GAME

10/10
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
I didnt expect Raptor to be on steam, and when I saw it, I was amazed. After so many years, I remember myself playing the shareware episode all over and over, blasting through the Bravo Sector alot.
Raptor is one of the best shoot'em'ups ever made, along with Tyrian (Which was my first game that i ever played, damn, so many memories.)
I blasted through Bravo Sector once again, I blasted through Tango Sector (which was pretty hard), And I blasted through Outer Regions, which is my favorite episode from the game. Bought the twin laser, destroyed almost everything.
The music in this game is really good.

An experience that I will not forget.

Its only 5 bucks, again, buy it! you will not regret.
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32 of 51 people (63%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 15, 2015
This is definite a worth buy! I got the Shareware version of Raptor: Call of the Shadows (I call it just Raptor) back in the 90´s with my first PC. I don´t know how long and often I played these first levels but I was so in love with this game. The graphics, the sound, the loads of weapons you can equip to your aircraft with is just amazing for an arcade shooter!

Besides the standard machine gun you can buy air/air missiles which help you to get rid of other flying metal through the stages. When it comes to tanks, ships and all other stuff that´s on the ground you better switch to air/ground missiles which are the green ones :) There are also nuclear power bombs, scanners, plasma and laser weapons available. So you see quite a choice for a shooter that comes back from the 90´s

Steering is quite simple - use your arrow keys for the directions, space for firing and the ALT key for switching weapons. You can configure the key mapping and even controllers are supported but ey, I played that back in 1994 with keyboard so you should stick to it! :)

The game has loads of stages I am not sure yet but I think it where 9 for each sector which is 27 levels in total. The sectors look all a little bit different, so they never get boring.

BRAVO sector offers you a vast and aried landscape, TANGO sector looks like a jungle after you beat the first wave which looks similar to the bravo sector missions but with more concrete buildings on the ground.

The last sector is calles OUTER REGIONS which is well anywhere but not on earth I guess. These missions look like the moon, mars and other planets and have the toughest enemies this game has to offer.

I totally recommend this game if you like retro games and you can live with dated pixel graphics *yay*

5 out of 5 foxes + the retro bonus fox 6/5 foxes!!!


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