Shadwen is a 3rd person stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!
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Very Positive (141 reviews) - 82% of the 141 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 17, 2016

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May 17

Shadwen - Now Out on PC, OS X & Linux!



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May 5

Shadwen Launches on May 17th!



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About This Game

Shadwen is a 3rd person stealth-action game where the only rule is to remain unseen. Stay hidden - or the ruthless guards will kill you on sight!

Shadwen, an assassin on a quest to kill the king, has a chance encounter with an orphaned girl, Lily. She follows Shadwen on her dangerous journey, but when the ruthless guards get too close, Shadwen must take action right in front of Lily's eyes.

Will Shadwen risk the girl's budding trust by resorting to violence, or try and find another way while keeping her real purpose concealed?

To kill or not to kill - that is the question.

FEATURES



  • MOVE FREELY - Sneak and explore around the dark and gritty medieval province and use the environment to your advantage - use your rope to grapple onto rooftops, silently drop from ceilings, or veil yourself in the shadows.

  • STAY HIDDEN - Pick your assassinations carefully. Avoid being seen, heard or getting caught indirectly. Suspicious sights and noises will alert the guards - use it to your benefit.

  • TIME IS AN ACCOMPLICE - Time stands still when you are not moving Shadwen, allowing you to stop at any point mid-motion. Rewind time to manipulate your past and present actions!

  • USE PHYSICS - Use physics and a freely attachable rope to drag and topple objects. Make deaths look accidental; let gravity do the grave work.

  • CREATE TRAPS AND HAZARDS - set up traps and hazards to lure guards towards their untimely demise; discover new ways to eliminate or distract your foes by crafting items into deadly surprises, including poison traps, spike devices, decoy toys and more.

  • TWO CHARACTERS - Embrace the darkness with Shadwen and her abilities to protect Lily and create a safe passage for her.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: (64 bit / 32 bit *) Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
    • Processor: Intel Core i3/i5/i7 1.8 GHz CPU dual-core. AMD 2.0 GHz dual-core.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 260 / Radeon HD 4000 Series / Intel HD Graphics 4000
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * Highest graphics detail levels are only available in 64 bit OS
    Recommended:
    • OS: (64 bit / 32 bit *) Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
    • Processor: Intel quad-core 2.0 GHz or dual-core 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 2GB / Radeon HD 6850 2GB
    • DirectX: Version 10
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: * Highest graphics detail levels are only available in 64 bit OS
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X version Mavericks 10.9, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad with Secondary click enabled. *NOTE: Please be advised that Shadwen does not run on older MacBooks. Requires at least Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better. All Macs produced since Late 2013 are able to run the game.
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X version Mavericks 10.9, or later.
    • Processor: Intel Mac 2,7GHz or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad with Secondary click enabled. *NOTE: Please be advised that Shadwen does not run on older MacBooks. Requires at least Intel HD Graphics 4000 or better. All Macs produced since Late 2013 are able to run the game.
    Minimum:
    • OS: steamOS 2.0 (64bit)
    • Processor: Intel quad-core 2.0 GHz or dual-core 2.6 GH
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1 Nvidia GTX 650 or greater
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Shadwen runs best with proprietary drivers and may not function correctly with open source drivers. Please note that Shadwen might not work correctly on all Linux distributions.
    Recommended:
    • OS: steamOS 2.0 (64bit)
    • Processor: Intel quad-core 2.6 GHz or dual-core 3.6 GH
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 4.1 Nvidia GTX 660 or greater
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Shadwen runs best with proprietary drivers and may not function correctly with open source drivers. Please note that Shadwen might not work correctly on all Linux distributions.
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (141 reviews)
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Abdulla
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Unique game that use time freeze to your advantage same as Superhot but with colorful environment and stealth system.
The plot You play as assassin Shadwen. Your mission is to assassinate the King. You encounter orphaned girl Lily in your way and follow you with your quest without knowing the real purpose to her.
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chirulahr
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Good game!
Mechanics take some time to get used to, but I find them really enjoyable. The time control is great if you are like me and want to work on that perfect finish of the level. Also, right now I play games to relax and not to die from a heart attack from tension, so this adds a nice casual element.
Other positives:
- nice setting and atmosphere
- runs on my old labtop (BIG plus)
- workshop support and user created content
- badass female protagonist
- exploration is rewarded (treasure chests)
- achievements that reward different play-styles (violent/ non-violent) so there is extra incentive to play at least twice to try different approaches
Looks fine, runs fine and enjoyable gameplay.
Recommended.
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Sinaesthesia
( 11.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
I was bitten by the Shadwen bug and I am smitten. This is one of the best games I've ever played! In terms of mechanics and style, it IS the best game I've ever played! I'm a stealth nut for one, so maybe that is a factor, but I really think this is a huge step in the right direction for the stealth genre and possibly many other "adventure" avenues.

Some people can't wrap their head around the time freeze function, and they give bad reviews, or they talk about the NPCs being dumb and scoff at the mediocrity. Like, does that really F'ing matter? It's a game! The true joy comes from how many ways you can do one thing. Maybe you got to already enjoy the cerebral part about it. Maybe some people don't have cerebrals, I don't know. Some people talk a lot of hate while at the same time commending it, so why? I'm here to say, This game f'ing rules!

I've played a lot of stealth and this one is by far the most original. Simple concept, simple rules at your disposal, yet so immensely engageing. Swinging from your grappling hook is an art, as well as how you get your orphan to the end. I wish you could do this kind of thing in say, Batman, or Assassin's Creed, or any other stealth game.

I know it's not perfect. I think that Shadwen is the first of it's kind and it has a lot that it could offer in future titles that could add some more depth and range. It's going to spawn some interesting games in the future I think. It's not perfect, but that goes for a lot of first titles that then become an epic series later on, and I love a good niche.

So for all you nay-sayers I say "STOP CRAPPING ON SHADWEN! IT'S SOMEBODY'S HERO AND WE WANT MORE!"

yeah... thanks for listening
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KingHaek
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
*guard trips over a barrel*
"ALEERT SOMEONE IS HERE"

*Guard is stuck between boxes and breaks one*
"SOMEONE IS HERE"

*Lily stands in the middle of the guards*
"No one around. It was just my imagination"

*shadwen uses grappling hook and smashes into a guard*
"I think I heard a noise"

*guard is stabbed in plain sight*
"ITS THE EVIL SPIRITS"

*guard touches a falling box*
"ITS THE EVIL SPIRITS"
*guard dies*

10/10, Game of the Year -IGN
Would EVIL SPIRITS again
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Cheese Weed
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 9
I was really hyped up to play the game when i first bought it but besides the fact that it has nice graphics and a stealth game (btw i enjoy stealth games) it becomes boring after 2 hours, the enemies are the same, no variety, people said its challenging but it isnt, and honestly its just boring.
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GearsandCogs
( 18.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 7
I love stealth games. I love FrozenByte's games. I loved this game. I think that is strange considering it is a weird hybrid of stealth gameplay, puzzle mechanics and escort mission, but it works.

There's two ways to approach this in my opinion. Either you take it as a pure stealth challenge and try to make a path quietly by all guards like a real assassin or you carve a blood trail figuring out how to kill all guards without raising a huge alarm. In either case, it is essential a series of puzzles that must be approached using some intelligence. You've got a series of tools at your disposable to distract or kill guards.

Though there isn't much of a story, I appreciate the subtle story telling through guard dialogue and small conversations with Lilly. Far too many games are heavy handed with long ♥♥♥ CG cut scenes that you can't skip, none of that here.

I'd advise people to watch a youtube video of the gameplay, but if you do like real stealth games (i.e. Hitman, not Assasin's Murder-A-Million-Guards Creed) then this game is for you.

Edit: Further note, the story does change somewhat depending on how you deal with guards. I noticed inter level dialogue changed on my playthrough killing guards. That is a nice detail worth mentioning.
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Radwulf
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Très belle réalisation pour un petit studio, notamment sur le plan graphique et du "level design".
L'IA des gardes est assez affligeante, ce qui nuit à l'immersion.
Le récit est minimaliste : les deux personnages ne conversent que durant les écrans de chargement séparant les niveaux, dommage.

J'ai trouvé l'ergonomie à la manette très frustrante ; privilégiez le duo clavier-souris.

Un excellent rapport qualité/prix si vous attendez les soldes.
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whenstorytellersplaygames
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
Shadwen is a game to play if you are a stealth addict. However the gameplay is repetitive and there's not enough story to carry on. (Personal opinion)
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Silver Haku
( 1.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 31
i went into this game expecting something good to come out, i thought "It might just be under rated?" but no i was wrong, The Gameplay and controls are wonky and the aspect of "Time Freezing" really ruins the game, let me put it this way. if your not crouched the game wont move UNLESS you hold Q. so its really annoying to deal with. i always look at games in a good light But there is nothing good about this, the AI is so bad you might as well be looking at a picture. the ONLY good thing about this game is the story is semi descent but other then that this game is ♥♥♥♥, 1/10
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Summary: Worth playing. Overall enjoyable game, great stealth problem-solver (if you're going the non-violent route), was a bit disappointed by the narrative.

Pros:
-Non-violent gameplay options
-Wide freedom of movement
-Enjoyable to think your way through the environments and challenges
-Narrative and characters influenced by whether you're wittnessed killing anyone
-Fun and inventive stuff you can do with the physics engine and inventory items

Cons:
-Story fell short, felt like I missed the protagonist's motivation (possibly this was revealed in the dialogue if I chose the violent route? Not sure)
-Gameplay gets repetitive after a few chapters
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
The only issue with this game is it will make you wish all other games had a rewind mechanic. And don't worry too much about the escort mechanics in this game, it's definitely one of the least intrussive ones there is.

Definitely worth it's current price ($17) if you enjoyed games like PoP: Sands of Time, SUPERHOT or RONIN.
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22 of 34 people (65%) found this review helpful
34 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
*guard trips over a barrel*
"ALEERT SOMEONE IS HERE"

*Guard is stuck between boxes and breaks one*
"SOMEONE IS HERE"

*Lily stands in the middle of the guards*
"No one around. It was just my imagination"

*shadwen uses grappling hook and smashes into a guard*
"I think I heard a noise"

*guard is stabbed in plain sight*
"ITS THE EVIL SPIRITS"

*guard touches a falling box*
"ITS THE EVIL SPIRITS"
*guard dies*

10/10, Game of the Year -IGN
Would EVIL SPIRITS again
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
18.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 7
I love stealth games. I love FrozenByte's games. I loved this game. I think that is strange considering it is a weird hybrid of stealth gameplay, puzzle mechanics and escort mission, but it works.

There's two ways to approach this in my opinion. Either you take it as a pure stealth challenge and try to make a path quietly by all guards like a real assassin or you carve a blood trail figuring out how to kill all guards without raising a huge alarm. In either case, it is essential a series of puzzles that must be approached using some intelligence. You've got a series of tools at your disposable to distract or kill guards.

Though there isn't much of a story, I appreciate the subtle story telling through guard dialogue and small conversations with Lilly. Far too many games are heavy handed with long ♥♥♥ CG cut scenes that you can't skip, none of that here.

I'd advise people to watch a youtube video of the gameplay, but if you do like real stealth games (i.e. Hitman, not Assasin's Murder-A-Million-Guards Creed) then this game is for you.

Edit: Further note, the story does change somewhat depending on how you deal with guards. I noticed inter level dialogue changed on my playthrough killing guards. That is a nice detail worth mentioning.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
This game is fantastic, its brilliant, its awe inspiring, its one of my favorite games of all time. i cared about Lilly so much i found my self repeating really hard sections just so i could hide all the dead bodies from her or get through sections with out killing anyone. the games not long but it doesn't need to be there may not be much dialogue but there really doesn't need to be the small amounts of dialogue between Shadwen and Lilly are great. the little conversations between the guards really make you wish you could explore more of the world outside of the castle it sounds amazing i really wish i could explore more i really hope there is another game to this series.

the game isn't perfect though the AI at times can be quite stupid or silly but then again that's just the game mechanics at play. all in all i loved the game i highly recommend it.

final verdict for this game is 9/10
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17 of 29 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Bioshock Infinite and The Last of Us taught us that games revolving around an escort quest can be great if done right.
... Shadwen reminds us of how bad they can be when they are not done right.

Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth finds you food, ammo, and money, and The Last of Us's Ellie helps you fight hostiles and crawls into narrow spaces to open up secrets and paths.
What can Shadwen's Lily do?
  • Well, she can hide on her own, so she does not alert guards, and that is pretty great.
  • She can help you open doors... Which you would not need opened if you were not stuck escorting a child through the city, as Shadwen is acrobatic enough for an Assassin's Creed game, and could probably just have strolled casually along the rooftops all the way to the King's castle.
  • Aside from that, she can get mad at you for killing people, and if she sees you doing so, you will have to spend every loading screen since hearing her comment on you being a bad person. Which is still marginally better than if you do not kill someone in front of her.
  • And finally she can rat on you to the guards about you being a murderer (if she has seen you kill people), which (again, if she has seen you kill people) is the whole reason you are escorting her anyway. Because Shadwen is afraid she might alert the guards if not kept under a close watch. Which is why we spend the rest of the game sneaking her through the city, frequently letting her within inches of the guards she would rat on you to.
So, your companion is little more than a child-shaped ball and chain shoehorned into the game to give it some semblance of a story, but at least the stealthing is fun, right?

And... Yes. Yes it is. The stealth is actually really well done, the guards are not completely ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ as they often are in stealth games, and you have a wide array of options for sneaking around them or killing them as you see fit. You also have a nice grappling hook allowing you to scale structures and swing between ledges and stuff. Pretty fun stuff actually. Shadwen would leave Al'Tair, Ezio, and the rest of the Assassin's Creed protagonists eating her dust.
You also have a Superhot-esque feature in which time only moves if you are doing something - or holding Q - allowing you to place your hooks with 100% accuracy midair and do other similarly precision-dependent tasks with ease. But honestly, most of the time it just gets in the way by requiring you to constantly be doing something, and really the game would have been better had this feature been replaced with a simple pause button.
You also have a nice rewind time feature in lieu of saving or checkpoints, so if you miss a jump or are discovered you can just rewind time to the exact moment you made a mistake and fix it. But there is no limit to this, so as a result, Shadwen is probably the easiest stealth game in the world. That said, the lack of a save or checkpoint feature also means you have to start from the very beginning of each level if you quit before the end of the level, which are on average ~twenty minutes long, unless you are trying to get the don't-let-Lily-know-you're-a-murderer ending.

All in all it has a great game mechanics for stealth and acrobatics, so you can really have fun stealthing around, and it might have been a fun game had there been anything to really use these abilities for.
Sadly, there is not much to do in the game except: Get from point A to point B without being discovered.

Every single of the 10 levels I could force myself to play through is the same. Every single one.
Get from point A to point B without being discovered by the guards. And yes, you have to bring Lily too.

The settings vary a little - barracks, dungeon, city streets, back alleys, king's castle, but it is all the same gray stone, brown wood, guards with crossbows, bales of hay, barrels and boxes, and getting from point A to B without being discovered.
It got boring after the first four levels, and I gave up all attempts at completing the main story after about ten levels - ca. three hours of gameplay. Judging by the achievements (which barely qualify as achievements - you get one for each level completed, and for doing so without killing anyone or killing everyone, and the same for completing the whole game), there are about fifteen levels, so maybe there is some monumental change in the twelfth level or something that leads to a break in the monotony, and some actual objectives, but I will definitely never know.

There is a steam workshop integration for making new levels, so maybe in the future we will get some missions worth playing, but until then this game simply is not fun. At all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 25
Unique game that use time freeze to your advantage same as Superhot but with colorful environment and stealth system.
The plot You play as assassin Shadwen. Your mission is to assassinate the King. You encounter orphaned girl Lily in your way and follow you with your quest without knowing the real purpose to her.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 29
So far so good. My only real complaint is when I murder someone and the little girl has left her hiding spot and sees it. I would want to be able to tell her to stay there until I say so.
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
It's a really fun and interesting game. Kind of short, but make sure to give it a try, you won't regret it.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
I was bitten by the Shadwen bug and I am smitten. This is one of the best games I've ever played! In terms of mechanics and style, it IS the best game I've ever played! I'm a stealth nut for one, so maybe that is a factor, but I really think this is a huge step in the right direction for the stealth genre and possibly many other "adventure" avenues.

Some people can't wrap their head around the time freeze function, and they give bad reviews, or they talk about the NPCs being dumb and scoff at the mediocrity. Like, does that really F'ing matter? It's a game! The true joy comes from how many ways you can do one thing. Maybe you got to already enjoy the cerebral part about it. Maybe some people don't have cerebrals, I don't know. Some people talk a lot of hate while at the same time commending it, so why? I'm here to say, This game f'ing rules!

I've played a lot of stealth and this one is by far the most original. Simple concept, simple rules at your disposal, yet so immensely engageing. Swinging from your grappling hook is an art, as well as how you get your orphan to the end. I wish you could do this kind of thing in say, Batman, or Assassin's Creed, or any other stealth game.

I know it's not perfect. I think that Shadwen is the first of it's kind and it has a lot that it could offer in future titles that could add some more depth and range. It's going to spawn some interesting games in the future I think. It's not perfect, but that goes for a lot of first titles that then become an epic series later on, and I love a good niche.

So for all you nay-sayers I say "STOP CRAPPING ON SHADWEN! IT'S SOMEBODY'S HERO AND WE WANT MORE!"

yeah... thanks for listening
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