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Shu (2016) is a platform game where you are a member of a bird tribe tasked with returning villagers back home and escaping from a purple cloud monster. You jump and glide your way around the world, meeting new villagers and characters who daisy-chain with your swinging and gliding to expand your running and jumping abilities.

There are five different worlds and lots of levels to explore. Once completed, each level can be repeated to take on a time-trial race against your previous times. There are collectables such as gold butterflies (coins) and babies, as well as a special award for completing the level without dying once.

As you progress you meet and recruit characters to join you. Each of the ten different additions to your group offer specific abilities, from a ground stomp to get through barriers to being able to open up flowers to access new areas and platforms.

With hazardous objects and hard to reach platforms, Shu takes inspiration from Donkey Kong Country and Rayman games. However, Shu adds a unique storyline and the team-up-with-characters ability that makes it an interesting game in its own right.

Our examiner, Thom Robertson, first checked Shu 3 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 17 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Adventure and Platform game with Action elements. This is a single-player game.


Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violcence. Features non-realistic violence in a child-friendly setting or context. While the characters and places in this game are child-friendly, they get attacked by a menacing smoke monster.

Rated for younger players in the US. ESRB EVERYONE for Mild Fantasy Violence.

Skill Level

8+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. This is a fast paced platform game that requires quick button presses to jump and glide around the world. You also need some light puzzle solving. Many of the levels put you under pressure and require a quick response to survive.


Shu usually costs £7.19. 


Steam StoreSALE PC £7.19 £0.64 until 24/06/2024
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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 04/10/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 91% off

Out Now: PC, PS Vita, PS4 and Switch

Skill Rating: 8+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Adventure, Platform and Action

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On

Developer: Coat Sink (@CoatSink)

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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