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Shadowgrounds breathes fresh air into the action genre with explosive combat sequences, an innovative weapon upgrade system, and an intriguing storyline. The adrenaline-pumping, top-down gameplay and audiovisual fireworks set the scene for this new action experience which also includes single computer (split keyboard or joystick) co-op play.
UPGRADE THOSE WEAPONS! Use a devastating arsenal of high-tech weaponry to dispose of the alien threat. Each weapon has multiple upgrades that maximize the carnage. Unleash the flames of the Flamethrower's Fuel Trap, cause mayhem with the Grenade Launcher's Poison Grenades, slash and dice the monsters with the Laser Rifle's Pinpoint Laser - and many more!
WHAT LURKS IN THE SHADOWS? Shadowgrounds uses cutting-edge realistic lighting and glow technology to light up the battlefield and create detailed shadows producing an atmosphere of fear. But the lighting and the flashlight also affect some aliens' behavior - take advantage of that and you can turn the tide in the game of fear by using your flashlight effectively.
DESTRUCTIBLE ENVIRONMENT! What good are weapons and special effects if you can't wreak havoc on the environment? Shadowgrounds lets you go all-out - glass shatters, ground shakes, trees fall, barrels explode and furniture blows to smithereens. You can use the environment to your advantage.
THEY'RE BIG AND NASTY! Big, brutal monsters await you. Prepare to face many different bosses who will do anything to stop your journey. They're nasty, blood-thirsty beasts, but don't give in to fear - remember to use the environment and the lighting to your advantage!
  • Upgrade weaponry with powerful modifications.
  • Face enormous monsters in boss battles.
  • Destructible environment allows you to wreak havoc with your arsenal.
  • Visit many exciting locations, including a secret military base and the alien-infested colony New Atlantis.
  • Fight side-by-side with NPC allies against the massive alien hordes.
  • Check security cameras and computer logs to investigate alien origins.
  • Realistic lighting with gameplay effects bring the aliens out of the shadows.
  • Enjoy horrifying sound effects and a thrilling music soundtrack made exclusively for Shadowgrounds.
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17+ Mature

System requirements for macOS

  • OS: Mac OS X 10.6.5 or newer - Unfortunately OS X 10.9 or newer NOT supported
  • Processor: Intel Mac
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM
  • Hard Disk Space: 1GB
  • Video Card: : OpenGL 2.0 compatible video card with 256 MB shared or dedicated RAM (ATI or NVIDIA)*
  • DirectX®: 9.0
  • Additional: Keyboard+mouse or Keyboard+trackpad
  • *Please be advised that the game does not run on Intel graphics solutions (such as Macbooks from 2006-2008 and the new MacBook Pro 13" models from 2011). The game does run on most Macs from 2009 onwards that have a distinct graphics chip (such as those with NVIDIA GeForce 9400M but graphics details need to be turned down for smooth gameplay).

System requirements for PC

Minimum: 1.3 GHZ or Equivalent, 384 MB RAM, GeForce 4 Ti 4200* or ATi Radeon 9000 or better, 1 GB free hard drive space, Windows 2000/XP
Recommended: 2.0 GHz, 512 MB RAM, GeForce FX 5900 Ultra or ATi Radeon 9500 Pro or better
* Please note that Shadowgrounds does not run on GeForce 4 MX cards.
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Shadowgrounds reviews and comments

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Review of ShadowGround's General Information: Developer: Frozenbyte [frozenbyte.com] Published on: November 11, 2005 (In Deutschland/Finland) Genre: Top-Down Shooter The Beginning Originally posted by Wikipedia: Players take the role of Wesley Tyler, a senior Mechanic on the IGTO Repair Base on Ganymede, who is needed with the repair of various systems. At the start of the game, Tyler is ordered to repair the backup generators, and he and two other technicians drive out to fix them. On the way there, they discuss Tyler's past, how he was previously in charge of a security team, before being blamed for an accident faulty equipment. Upon fixing the power however, Tyler loses radio contact with the others, and starts running small three legged insect like creatures. He then starts finding bodies, and larger more dangerous versions of the aliens he had encountered before. He finds a pistol and begins to battle the hostile increasingly aliens. The Review First of all, I would like to suggest, before I even investigate anything, that the Game dates back to 2005 and is therefore only to be compared with games from the same Year. Unfortunately, I personally don't know of any Game from the same Year with similar Elements. The Game ShadowGrounds has Elements from other "newer" games that I have either tried or completely through. An Example of this is the free Title: "Alien Swarm" Both have very similar Elements as well as similar History. People, Settings, Aliens, Dead. And so on. Shadowgrounds is a really recommended Game. Why? For Players who also played before the game market turn (Retro), Shadowgrounds would move them sociably into another Era. The Graphics are out of date. Physics, too. The Sound and Voicality also not exactly the finest compared to 2014. Possible Bugs can be found. If it's so bad, so why recommended? Let's Put it this way: In the past, you didn't put a lot of emphasis on Design and, among other Things, sound. Much more, Gameplay mattered. In the past it was still called fat "SPIELSPASS." But today ... Nuja, not the Subject right now. ShadowGrounds Has this Fun. I don't even have it through yet, and I don't know when I'll have it through. Maybe the Game is too short, maybe it's not. But until this Time comes, I will enjoy the Game to the Fullest. I got the Game in the Offer. And don't regret it at all. Do yourself a Favor And try a 9-Year-old Game. It costs less than a Dollar. In the End, the Decision is up to you. Thank you for your Attention! :D Sincerely, Kodaigan
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