Take the battle out of this world in ShadowGun for the BlackBerry PlayBook

ShadowGun Hero
By Zach Gilbert on 21 Oct 2012 03:06 pm EDT

“You are the best of the best - Can you defeat the enemies in ShadowGun for the BlackBerry PlayBook?”

Recently, Madfinger and Union delivered one of their hot titles to the BlackBerry PlayBook, ShadowGun. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that I think ShadowGun is the best graphical game currently on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Sorry Dead Space, but you had your fun. Continue reading to get the low down on all that is ShadowGun, then you can decide what game claims the title of best graphics on the PlayBook.

The Review

Developer: Union Version (at time of review): 1.0.0
File Size: 356 MB OS Requirements: Tablet 2.0.0 or higher
Cost: FREE Website: http://madfingergames.com

Game Features

ShadowGun for the BlackBerry PlayBook


  • Featuring the most advanced combat A.I. to date—enemies flank, seek cover, and utilize teamwork to take you down! Battle automated sentries, aerial drones, and other lethal foes—tactical maneuvers are based upon actual military strategy!
  • Solve hacking mini-games to satisfy your nerdy appetite, then get back to blasting!  


  • It isn’t just pretty—it’s gorgeous! Advanced lighting effects, beautifully rendered environments, and pro voices make this one of the most advanced games for your Smartphone!  


  • Immersive storyline with multiple outcomes! You decide how it ends! –
  • The first installment in a major franchise!
  • Unlock the detailed “Shadowpedia” and read more about the SHADOWGUN universe!  


  • Survive the onslaught of Dr. Simon’s deadly creations, including level bosses, mutated grunts, killer machines, and more!  


  • The story directly follows the events of original ShadowGun
  • New data disc is free
  • 4 new levels
  • New enemy creature
  • New gun
  • New type of gaming interaction
  • New collectibles
  • New soundtrack
  • Lots of new graphics, animations and cut scenes


ShadowGun storyline

So picture this, the year is 2350 and you are the most infamous bounty hunter in your galaxy. You are the only one that can take out the evil Dr. Simon’s. You play the game through various levels of complexity. At the end of each level, you are positioned head to head with a level boss.  You’ll have to use your skills and intuition to beat the bosses as they get harder and harder as the levels progress. In the game, you will have access to a wide arsenal of weapons that are truly out of this world. Just don’t be fooled by the smaller enemies, sometimes your worst enemy is the ones you can barley see.


ShadowGun Gameplay

If you wanted a game that would show off the true power of the BlackBerry PlayBook, then this is the game for just that. ShadowGun has reactive and unscripted AI, meaning the enemies are never the same and will continue to challenge your gaming skills.  You’ll also notice that the developers have created the game character’s A.I. to utilize their surrounding environment. The enemies use their surroundings to take cover and get the better angle, all in order to get the best shot on – well you. The developers have also used high textured images and environments, adding to the game’s addictiveness.


ShadowGun graphics

I feel that with each major game release for the PlayBook, the developers keep stepping it up in the graphics department, and ShadowGun doesn’t stray from this.  I’m going to go out on a limb and say that ShadowGun currently holds the title for the game with the best graphics on the BlackBerry PlayBook. I’d like to see a game that competes with it, and I’ve played them all. So, if you’re looking for cutting edge visuals, check out ShadowGun.

In-game settings

ShadowGun game settings

One thing you’ll notice, once you’ve ventured into the in-game settings page, is they are quite sparse.  Within the settings page, you will be able to change the on screen controls from free move (this is wherever you place you fingers is where a control will be), and static move pad. The static move is an option that will keep the left toggle in a static location. I’ve found the free move pad the best, as you don’t need to worry about where you place your thumbs. From the settings page, you can also lock the vertical look, and give yourself the option to change the aiming to the left hand vs the right. In addition to game control settings, you have the option to adjust the music volume, and turn on or off the subtitles.

The Good

  • Adaptive enemy artificial intelligence
  • Stunning visuals
  • Quality voice acting
  • Interesting storyline

The Bad

  • Limited in game settings
  • Only two control style options

The Bottom Line

While there may be only two control styles in the game’s settings page, you will definitely enjoy what ShadowGun brings to the BlackBerry PlayBook. With HD quality graphics, an enemy A.I. system that will keep you guessing, and stunning voice acting that will pull you into the game’s story, ShadowGun is worth the download. You can pick up ShadowGun from BlackBerry App World for free until October 31st, 2012.

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The Good

ShadowGun has the graphics that most games strive for, yet never achieve. With Hollywood quality voice acting, you won’t want to put the game down

The Bad

One downside was that the game has very limited game settings. The biggest downer in the settings page was only being provided two on screen control options. This is limiting for those looking to customize their gameplay.


While ShadowGun was lacking in the game settings department, they made up for it in pure awesomeness. With HD graphics, reactive enemy A.I., and a captivating storyline, you’ll definitely want to download the newest hit on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

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Reader comments

Take the battle out of this world in ShadowGun for the BlackBerry PlayBook


I played it, it's a great game. The best FPS on the PlayBook. My only complaint is that it's got a bit of a crapy ending when you beat it, but that's where the already included expansion comes in. It takes the ending & improves it while adding a few extra levels :)

I got stuck for days trying to kill the mechanical crab. Needless to say for those who have played it I felt pretty dumb when I figured out how easy it was to survive and finish him off :)

It's a great game, but gameplay is sometimes crappy. Sometimes aiming freezes, sometimes you get stuck when hiding behind obstacles. Oh and two times i ended up in mid air overlooking the water and the mountains. I had to quit the game to get correct it.

Ps if you think the crab is difficult, just wait for the underground machinery :)

Yes, quite a few glitches, sometimes I end up in a black hole, going nowhere, have to restart etc, man the bulldozer is stressing me out :(, I don't know if I should run backwards or forward and make a quick turn.

Run forward, quick turn and up....and i do mean QUICK! Also, make sure your hitting those green targets to turn the lasers back on. Took me a few tries before i figured that out.

This is an incredible game. Very action packed with a lot of suspense, with hordes of bad guys to shoot. Perhaps the most incredible thing about this game is, its free till October 31st. Great title that are in the quality of Asphalt 6. Playbook may not have that many free games but the ones they do are certainly top notch. Hopefully with the introduction of BB10, developers will offer both paid and free add supported games. This is something our platform really needs. Thanks RIM.
Tablets are incredible

I'm stuck, I couldn't get Dr. Simon's brain in that huge robot. What a fantastic game, kudos to the developer! Bring us more game like this. #BB10Believer

Does anyone know why it doesnt show up on my playbook's App world??

BB 9780 white os 6

BB Playbook 32gb os

It does not show up in my Appworld, either. I have the ad for Creavures and Shadowgun, but only Creavures shows up when I click it.

exactly... same issue :(

BB 9780 white os 6

BB Playbook 32gb os

Doesn't show up in my Appworld either. Can't even search for it!

Are all Playbook owners eligible to receive it? Or is it restricted, and by what criteria?

Doesn't show up in my Appworld either. Can't even search for it!

Are all Playbook owners eligible to receive it? Or is it restricted, and by what criteria?

Been playing this for a couple hours today. Very fun... makes me wish it was available for PC so I could use my mouse and keyboard... waaaaahh!!

I'm still incredibly impressed that a game of this quality was given out for free! Christmas came early for us PB gamers!

I am a bit torn on giving this game a very high graphics rating after seeing the same game on various other platforms both phones and tablets. I love the wonderful price of free for sure, but even compared to my old Android phone (HTC Sensation), I know the PlayBook could look even better than it does.

NOVA 2 has really shown the visual bar of the PlayBook with real time bump maps and other real time lighting effects which were removed from the PlayBook version of Shadowgun.

On most platforms, the actual game looks just as good as the opening cinematic. Instead, we get baked lighting and a rushed port.

I thank RIM for the great free game as this is one awesome shooter, I just wish more time was put in making Shadowgun on the PlayBook look a lot closer to it's rivals. The horsepower is there as well as the RAM, push this little tablet to the edge already!

I'm surprised it's free. It's a really great game, I don't mind to buy it. Really great. I have finished the main game, and on level 2 of the expansion pack. I hope they will release new expansion pack, I don't mind purchasing it.

I agree. ShadowGun is an excellent game. Plenty of fun. NOVA2 is great too. Dead Space, however, is unmatched when it comes to atmosphere. The music in that game coupled with the eerie lighting scared the crap out of me many times even after I had become familiar with it. Still, gotta love ShadowGun on the PB. I highly recommend it.