Mr. Shifty Reviews

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Mr Shifty Review
Developed by: Team Shifty
Published by: TinyBuild
Release Dyae: 4th August 2017
Proce £11.99

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Mr Shifty is one of them games that is going to easily bring out the rage and curse words. I can say this with the greatest of confidence as I've been spending my time using every vulgar word I know as I died time and time again. Not because it's a bad game but because I died so frequently.

A two button top down beat em up with a difference. As you're given the ability to shift. Or teleport if you will. Not a great distance mind you, nor can you repeat this action more than 5 times consecutively. But it does give you an edge in battle and confuses the bad guys enough for you to appear behind them and give them what for with your fists.

The game has an old school feel to it, as you progress through each level beating bad guys in pursuit of Chairman Stone. The big bad guy, and you are Mr Shifty. A silent hero intent on taking down his corporation. Nothing to hard to get to grips with and yet the game is so enjoyable to play.

From the frantic pace of combat to the silly puns and text driven narrative, Me Shifty keeps you plugging away until you eventually over come the odds and drag yourself through that level that's been holding you back. The odds are stacked well and truly in the favour of Chairman Stone, as his henchmen have pistols, shotguns, machine guns, flame throwers, grenades and even rockets. You? Well, you have your fists. Good luck.

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The game takes place inside Stone's tower and is comprised of 18 infuriating levels designed solely to keep you on your toes. At the end of each level you can see just how poorly you were as your time taken and death count is displayed for you to feel ever so slightly embarrassed about. Your handler Nyx and Stone are the only 2 characters that you will have any interactions with along the way, and it's evidently clear that this was written with a sense of whimsy in mind.

For such a simple concept and design, Mr Shifty is a highly addictive game that will leave you satisfied every time you exit the level. Completing a level without a single death takes timing to a whole new meaning of the word. Dodge a bullet at just the right time though, and you will enter a slow down mode, where you can dish out punishment without worry of any reactions from the bad guys. But be quick, this doesn't last very long.

One inclusion in the game that I found to be extremely satisfying and a good stress relief is that nearly all the environment is destructible. From glass windows, to random objects that litter the rooms to walls. Debris can be picked up and used as a weapon, but these last for just a few hits before they break up.

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Not a bad look to the game, and certainly seen worse. Mr Shifty doesn't need the AAA treatment though. It relies upon its humour and action to sell itself.

A great music track that accompanies Shifty as he smashes, punches and shifts his way through Stone's tower. It will bring back fond memories of the games you used to play back in the day. Something that would suit the likes of Streets of Rage in my opinion.

Punch and shift. That's all you will really need. Unless you want to pick up a weapon. The developers have kept the game incredibly easy to pick up and play, which is a massive plus.

Replay Value
If torturing yourself with attempting a no death run through each and every level is your thing then by all means spend many hours perfecting each and every level. It's not an easy task, but it will ad more game time.

You will likely get a large chunk from a single run through Mr Shifty. Even the speed run achievement is seemingly easy. But no deaths? Good luck to you if you attempt it. Nothing hard aside from this, and I do think with a bit more thought, Team Shifty could well have conjured up some more to add to the list.

Overall Mr Shifty is a great little game that deserves some attention among the vast selection of Indie titles available right now. Sure it's not a long game, but them 18 levels will challenge you and make you work hard to complete them. The price may put people off given how quick it can be completed as well, but it's undeniably fun and not in the least bit interested in taking itself seriously. Certainly one to keep on your radar though.

A copy was provided for review purposes.
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