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Shadow Guardian for iPhone and iPad review

£3.49 inc VAT (for iPhone and iPod touch); £3.99 (for iPad)

Manufacturer: Gameloft

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

Run, jump, climb, shoot and duck for cover. With Shadow Guardian by Gameloft, the iPhone and iPad finally get a vibrant, full, swashbuckling-fun action-adventure game.

Run, jump, climb, shoot and duck for cover. With Shadow Guardian by Gameloft, the iPhone and iPad finally get a vibrant, full, swashbuckling-fun action-adventure game.

You play as Jason Call, and the fate of the world rests upon your shoulders. Mercenaries battle you for control of an ancient relic, the Prima Materia, in this third-person action game. Drawing inspiration from the Uncharted and Tomb Raider series, Shadow Guardian is a moderately successful attempt to bring treasure hunting action to the iOS platform (it's available for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad).

The story in Shadow Guardian opens with you held captive as your captor explores your memories via a mind-reading device. The game then shifts back in time as you play out your memories solving puzzles and combating enemies using an assortment of weaponry. Onscreen controls provide move, look, aim, shoot and jump commands. A cover button appears as you approach items like barriers - useful in a firefight. Progress is automatically saved via checkpoints as you travel around the world in search of the relic.

The graphical detail of the various settings in Shadow Guardian is impressive. Realistic lighting and shadows help create immersive environments with amazing detail. There is plenty of variety in the locations you'll explore from underground caverns to city streets. Moving through these settings is a breeze with the well thought out controls and smooth animations.

Don't expect too much challenge requiring you to replay a level over and over. Puzzles are relatively simple - often requiring only a little trial and error to accomplish, and the enemies aren't too difficult even while playing the tougher of the two difficulty levels. With frequent use of cover and the lock-on auto aiming system, even large numbers of enemies may be dispatched quickly. While you'll be doing lots of climbing, the directional hints are obvious, and you can never fall.

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  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Shadow Guardian for iPhone and iPad delivers on plenty of eye candy and interesting locations to explore, but the ease with which you roll through the levels makes the journey less rewarding. If you’re a fan of games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune, but with a lot less challenge, give Shadow Guardian a shot.

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