Shadowhand stands to deliver on December 7th

Shadowhand

A long line of RPS writers (generations of em!) have been sharing their thoughts on Shadowhand, including an in-depth preview over the past couple years. It’s been fascinating watching Grey Alien’s game of card-based swashbucklery grow and evolve, and now the distinct and interestingly themed CCG has a release date.

December 7th seems to have a bit of a ‘powerful, dangerous women and the cards they deal’ theme, after that Reigns announcement. Hardly one to grumble about, I must admit. Plus, if you value neither your money and your life, you might want to read a little further; We’ve got a snazzy near-launch trailer showing off some of Shadowhand’s beautiful art, and no shortage of card-based conflict.

Highwaymen, pirates and other such cutthroat sorts abound here. Just from looking at the trailer above, Shadowhand looks significantly more complex than your average modern CCG, packed with stats and modifiers in classic RPG fashion, and a world away from the simplistic quickfire design of Hearthstone.

More than anything, I’m reminded of Card Hunter, which takes a similar approach to card-based combat and looting, having your deck choices reflected in the build of your characters and vice versa. Shadowhand – being from the creator of RPS favourite Regency Solitaire – also changes the very nature of the playfield from CCG standard, giving it a distinctly solitaire-y feel even when you’re trading flintlock rounds with some scurrilous scofflaw. Always nice to see a fresh mechanical twist in a genre so frequently threatening to turn stale.

It’s an exciting looking blend, and the pseudo-historical story revolving around a plucky young noblewoman who moonlights as an infamous masked criminal is a refreshing change from the usual plethora of high fantasy CCGs. Sometimes, a flintlock pistol and a snazzy aesthetic are all you need. Since Shadowhand started development, we’ve seen an explosion of interest in the CCG genre, so perhaps the time is right for Grey Alien Games, too.

Shadowhand will be available for both Windows & Mac PCs on December 7th on Steam, GOG or (ideally) direct from the publisher, and will cost $15, minus a 10% launch discount.

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    johannsebastianbach says:

    Can’t wait for it. Regency Solitaire was one of the best casual games I’ve ever played and Shadowhand’s art style looks quite promising so far. My only fear is that they made gameplay too complex and thus sacrificed the charming simplicity of Regency Solitaire. We’ll see!

  2. Kefren says:

    Insta-sale. I bought Regency Solitaire for my mother years ago. She used to play hidden object games but now _only_ plays Regency Solitaire. I kid you not, she is probably the world expert having completed it hundreds of times. She tells me how many turns it takes, how long each stage takes and so on – and she can’t even use her email client properly. :-) So I’ll buy Shadowhand and install it on her laptop as a surprise xmas present. That will do her for a good while if it is anywhere near as good.

    I normally get games on GOG but will buy this directly from Positech. If the original game hadn’t been DRM-free I’d probably have never taken a chance on it. So I’m grateful to them and Grey Alien Games, because it’s become one of the best de-stressers for my mother. (I think the original wasn’t via Positech, but Positech have the same kind of approach, e.g. link to positech.co.uk).

    I have to admit that in between my games of Amnesia, Bioshock, STALKER etc, I do play casual games myself. I also find the Alien Shooter/Zombie Shooter games to be strangely therapeutic.

  3. Eawyne says:

    I didn’t know about Regency Solitaire, and it really looks nifty. I realise the guys behind Gratuitous Space Battles are behind this also. This is getting more and more interesting. *adds this to his wishlist*

    Ha, if only it could get to GoG…

  4. Bobsy says:

    So not on iOS then? Shame, seems like it would be a good ipad game.

  5. Malcolm says:

    I’ve been waiting for this to come out for months. Hurray!

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