Shadow Vamp Review
- A great original concept.
- Visuals and character design are fab.
- Controls don't provide the level of precision demanded.
- Lack of camera options can frustrate.
- Vampire loses health even when in shadow.
Shadow Vamp is a fantastic idea with a great visual style that is unfortunately let down by unreliable controls.
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When the trailer was released for Shadow Vamp, we at AppSpy were quite excited. The concept of rotating an island to cast shadows from buildings in order to help a vampire get back to his crypt was not only new and novel, but also looked like a lot of fun.
Well now that we've gotten our hands on the game, we can tell you that while the core concept is still delightful, sadly its execution leaves something to be desired.
To move your sun-shy vampire around you use the analogue stick on the left, The wheel in the bottom right corner, meanwhile, is used to turn the island. Keeping vamps out of the sunlight means you have to spin the island with a great deal of precision - something which the wheel input doesn't really allow. It can be very tricky to make small adjustments, particularly on the iPhone, with the wheel often registering small gestures as large swings, leaving the count exposed and hemorrhaging health. There are no camera controls either, so you have to take it on faith that you're not going to be cooked in the sunlight when passing behind a building.
Unfortunately, that faith is often misplaced. In fact, on many occasions during our play, our vamp would start losing health while he was still in shadow. We're not sure whether this is a graphical glitch, a problem with detection, or a deliberate decision on the part of the developers. Whatever the reason, it meant we couldn't really trust any shadow source completely, and made for a frustrating play experience.
All which is a which is a shame, as a lot of care appears to have been put into this game. The menu and level transitions are fantastic, and the character designs and animations of the vampires are agreeably ghoulish. We can certainly recommend Shadow Vamp as a unique iOS experience, but until the controls have been tightened up, it's only going be half the game it could be.
DescriptionWinner of Silver Award at Pocketgamer: "Shadow Vamp is ghoulish fun!"
148Apps: "I really can’t emphasize how great Shadow Vamp looks in motion", "terrific balance of difficulty, inventiveness, and quirkiness"
AppAdvice Today's Best Apps: "wonderful 3-D graphics, (...) fun and challenging"
Your nightly hunt for blood has taken you too long and now the sun is already up!
You must find a safe place to hide - but don't step into direct sunlight!
Rotate the entire island with your magical amulet to form a safe path of shadows.
Unlock various vampires with different skills that can help you solve this tricky task!
Get ready for a totally unique gameplay experience - featuring an on-screen scroll wheel for intuitive and precise controls over the shadows.
This app is fully localized for 12 different languages.
Features Game Center and iCloud integration.
Watch the trailer video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Is-oStf5mE0
- Revisit levels with different vampires to find new paths and treasures
- Complete levels multiple times for more coins
- Water pits can also protect your vampire
What's New in Version 1.0.2Take your time:
Constant energy drain has been removed, so you can wait in the shadows as long as you wish
Unintended spinning of the wheel fixed
Tweaked level design