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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Shadows Over Loathing (2022) is a (slap)stick-figure adventure full of mobsters, monsters, and mysteries, set in a fantasy-horror version of the 1920s prohibition-era United States. You play as a paranormal detective following a trail of cursed artefacts in the hope of finding your missing uncle. Shadows Over Loathing stands out not only for its black and white stick figures but for its sense of humour, story, and character-based puzzle-solving.

Play consists of point-and-click exploration, where you choose something or someone that looks interesting to talk to or interact with it. To progress you need the right characteristics to match what you are trying to do. For example, have a Muscle score of 5 to push a boulder out of the way, or Stench Armour of 4 to go into a place that smells very bad.

To progress you use the items and equipment you find to change your stats. You can also eat food or drink a potion to gain a needed bonus temporarily. Collecting gear and consumables becomes an important way to continue exploring. In this way you traverse several maps worth of wacky locations, interacting with the characters and puzzles you find, and engaging in turn-based combats.

The result is a game about exploration and puzzles. Despite the fantasy horror setting, it's a light-hearted game that leans heavily on story, jokes and puns (almost every interaction provides some kind of story or joke).

Our examiner, Angela Hickman Newnham, first checked Shadows Over Loathing 19 months ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Point-and-Click game with Communication, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play elements. This is a single-player game.

 
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DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 23 hours and 33 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 16 for Use of Alcohol/Tobacco.

Rated for younger players in the US. Rated ESRB TEEN for Crude Humor, Drug Reference, Fantasy Violence, Mild Blood, Mild Language, Mild Suggestive Themes, Use of Alcohol and Tobacco.
Most of the horror plot elements land closer to Scooby-Do and Ghostbusters than Call of Cthulhu, and the instances that depict violent or gory acts are of events that have already happened when you arrive (ie static scene, like a pool of blood), but it is worth noting despite the cute graphics and humour that the original source material is fairly disturbing.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it's important for parents and guardians to consider the maturity required to process the game content. There's a lot of reading in the game, and the sense of humour isn't to everyone's taste. But for those that like the silly characters and scenarios there's a lot to enjoy.

CostsCosts

Shadows Over Loathing usually costs £19.99 to £20.
 

Shadows Over Loathing

Switch Store Switch £20
Steam Store PC £19.99
Steam Store Mac £19.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 11/11/2022

Out Now: Mac, PC and Switch

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Point-and-Click (Communication, Narrative, Puzzle and Role-Play)

Accessibility: 38 features

Components: 2D Overhead and Hand-Made

Developer: Asym (@Asym)


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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