This nonstop action heist caper is lots of fun, so long as you're not bothered by repetitive action and challenging gameplay. Your job is to sneak into a highly secured building filled with armed guards and lethal traps, and you don't use guns but you're expected to get out alive. At least you can teleport, right? Try not to overthink the plot here, because the writers certainly didn't. You're sort of just tossed right into the chaos, working your way through a few basic tutorials. Eventually, you pick up bits and pieces of how you got there and what you're doing, but honestly, if you're expecting any sort of character-driven plot or deep narrative, you won't find it here. Instead, you just have to accept that your goal is to beat things up and not get shot. Once you can accept that, what you're left with is an arcade beat-'em-up that's insanely addictive, at least in small chunks. In longer doses, though, the game's repetition can start to wear.
What Mr. Shifty lacks in substance, it more than makes up for in style. Bouncing around rooms and through walls is a fun twist on an old formula and a necessity for staying alive. It's not just about dodging bullets. There's some real strategy involved, especially later in the game, when your best option is to bait the guards into shooting into each other by teleporting at the last minute. But with so much happening on the screen, it can be a little difficult to get time to think. It doesn't help that Mr. Shifty is a literal one-hit wonder, meaning if he takes one hit, he's dead. While you can restart immediately after getting killed, sometimes it can get a little frustrating to fight through a horde of enemies, only to get killed at the last minute and have to go through the whole floor again. And being forced to replay certain moments is tiresome. Still, Mr. Shifty is the video game equivalent of a popcorn movie. It's light on drama, heavy on destruction, and at its best when you don't overthink it.