A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
While you play the shadow of a tortured boy, determined to fight back against evil in order to get your body back, you're still violent.
Positive Role Models
We don't know much about the young boy you're controlling -- via his shadow -- but you see early on in the game he is held captive by a nasty-looking knight (and then slain, which is what releases his shadow). Because he uses violence as one of his key skills (along with platforming and puzzle-solving), he isn't a great role model.
Ease of Play
The game is very easy to pick up thanks to its basic controls. The on-screen tutorial and manual help here, too.
Violence & Scariness
The protagonist of this story engages in some violence against enemies, most of which are creatures (such as giant spiders). He can use a sword to hack and slash until they're dead. The enemy shadows might emit a blood-like plume of smoke before dying.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Lost in Shadow is an action platformer that has some animated violence and implied blood (shadowy smoke might leave the creature's body when slain). The main character is a boy who is fighting for his life by trying to reunite his brutally severed shadow with his imprisoned body. But he must destroy evil in his path throughout the adventure. Because the action takes place between shadows, it's clearly fantasy-based and the violence isn't excessive or graphic. However, violence is very much a part of gameplay of this"E-10+"-rated game.
Is It Any Good?
Lost in Shadow is a unique game. Not only are you a shadow, but you can only climb onto shadows in this world. You'll hop from one shadowy platform to another, climb onto ledges and across chasms, crawl through corridors, and battle foes using various weapons. Things get more interesting when you call on the assistance of Spangle, a winged sylph that follows you wherever you go, and helps you manipulate objects in this medieval environment so that they can cast a new shadow that you can traverse. You'll point the Wii Remote toward the TV screen and press the trigger ("B") button to have Spangle move these physical objects for you. There are also "Shadow Corridor" areas found throughout the tower that let you alter the terrain itself, such as rotating the world, in order to bypass the varied obstacles and traps. Visually speaking, the game has an interesting, minimalist art style. The moody music is also a good fit for the story. While the game isn't very difficult, the concept is inventive and should hold your interest as you climb up to the top of the tower.
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