SHAPE SHIFTER (ICOM SIMULATIONS)

 SUPER CD-ROM2 (ENGLISH VERSION)

An interesting platform game with some RPG flavor, produced by Icom Simulations. This is another PC-ENGINE exclusive game...I've never heard that Shape Shifter had ever been converted to another videogame system.


The game is slightly similar to the famous arcade game Rastan Saga, from Taito. In Shape Shifter, you control a barbarian named Lykas, who needs to fight against the evil forces in control of the
kingdom of Krillion, once a bucolic and paradisiac place.

 

A pretty interesting aspect in Shape Shifter is that the game has an English narrative, which helps a lot on understanding the plot. Throughout the game, you need to eliminate several enemies, so you can earn as much coins as you can and buy more powerful weapons, energy and other items. You'll also receive some special powers to change your human shape into other creatures, like a black panther. A hint: watch that, on the top of the screen, there's a little area showing the Sun and the Moon orbiting. Each time that an eclipse occurs, your energy is totally restored.

Background graphics are really well drawn, with plenty on parallax and dual-playfield scrolling (just like Shadow of the Beast). Sprites are well produced and detailed, and the musics fit perfectly in the game. Gameplay flows smoothly, and the game stucks only in a few areas, where the RPG side is more evident.

  

Shape Shifter isn't an outstanding game, but it can be considered, at least, an interesting one. Recommended to spend your time on a rainy Sunday! :) It worths a look.

 

Amon Guimar„es

(English Translation by Marcelo Reis)

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

92%

Playability

89%

Musics and Sound Effects

90%

Interest

82%

OVERALL

88%

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