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

ShadowGun Hero

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.

by Union


  • 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


  • 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.

The Bottom Line

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.Purchase ShadowGun for the BlackBerry PlayBook

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