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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Shiner (2023) is a turn-based battle game like Pokemon, but here you are a single rabbit who must learn attacks by being beaten by enemies. Play involves challenging the characters you meet to a fight, then taking turns to pick attacks to be the last animal standing. It stands out for the unusual way you gain abilities and have to work out which will help you progress through a detailed hierarchy of battles.

You start with the knowledge of how to do a simple punch and from there must learn more attacks to work your way up a hierarchy of enemies. Although play focuses on choosing who to fight and winning those battles, the real challenge is working out how to accrue the attacks you need to take down the bigger foes.

As you progress you meet (and hopefully defeat) a colorful and fully voiced cast of fully voice-acted characters as you search for the bully who wronged you. Each one has a unique personality and (more importantly) a unique set of attacks to learn.

The result is a game about hierarchies of power. As your knowledge builds you can put together ever more nuanced packages of the 4 attacks you can take into each fight. It's all wrapped up in a world where words and meaning are as important as brute force.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Shiner 14 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Battle and Sequencing game with Adventure, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 1 hour and 2 hours to complete. How long it takes depends on how quickly you advance up the hierarchy.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 7.

The nature of the game is taking on violence fights. Attacks include fireballs, heavy punches, haunting, curses, divine body and overpowering.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need resilience and perseverance to keep trying to find the right combinations of attacks when you lose. It's a hard game, although losses are offset by the fact that you gain new attack options when you are defeated.

CostsCosts

Shiner

Steam Store PC Free
This game is free to play. There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 18/03/2023

Price: Free

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Battle, Sequencing (Adventure, Brain Game, Collecting, Communication, Fighting, Simulation and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Cay Cay Play Play (@CayCayPlayPlay)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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