The world of Shadowrun was created 25 years ago as a tabletop RPG setting, and it certainly had its fans. When Jordan Weisman, one of the original creators of Shadowrun wanted to make it into a proper video game, the internet was more than happy to get involved. The Kickstarter campaign pulled in $1.8 million and now the end result is finally available on an Android tablet near you.

Shadowrun Returns is a traditional turn-based RPG with touch-optimized controls. You guide your party around the gritty world of Shadowrun, wielding both advanced technology and powerful magic to get the job done. This is a full-on PRG experience with hundreds of items, character classes, and skill upgrades. Shadowrun Returns is designed for tablets, but it appears to be available to install on phones as well. The interface might not be particularly usable on the smaller screen, though.

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The game took over a year from the end of the Kickstarter campaign to arrive, but it does look like a very professional effort. The visuals are polished and consistent, and the dialog is very well written. The initial version of Shadowrun Returns includes the main 12 hour campaign, and it's modular so more storylines can be added later. This is an expensive game at $10, but it might be worth it.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • hurrpancakes

    Here's a review of the PC version for those interested: http://www.giantbomb.com/reviews/shadowrun-returns-review/1900-587/

    If you're a fan of classic-style RPGs, than you should definitely consider getting Shadowrun Returns

    • wolfkabal

      Not sure "fan of classic-style RPGs" holds up well. Half the reason I'm a fan of classic-style RPGs is the story and immersion - Shadowrun on PC lacks both of these. They shortcutted all of that, seeming to leave it all up to the community and mods instead of building something good themselves first. Gameplay, was good, but everything else just lacked.

      • cwagner

        Storywise it was one of the best games in recent times. Combat was what was subpar as it was way too easy even on the hardest difficulty.

    • Matthew Fry

      Based on that review, I'm worried about saves. I wonder if it's more forgiving on Android as it's an inherently short session system.

  • Sqube

    Well, if ever there was a reason to be happy about how big screens have gotten for those of us who don't own tablets, I guess this is it.

  • http://www.binarytuberculosis.com BinaryTB

    I couldn't find this info in the description of the game in the Play Store. Does it support Google+ Achievements or cloud saves? I care more about the cloud saves (or at least an ability to backup my saves and/or transfer to another device).

    • epsiblivion

      check out Helium. it backs up apps without root required

  • JustCurious

    No special price for bakers?!!

    • Evan

      If you backed the project then you already have the game (and the upcoming expansion) for your computer. None of the perks ever claimed that you would get anything for the tablet version.

  • Matthew Fry

    Now THIS, this, is something worth 10 bucks Square Enix...

  • AD1980

    Though I haven't played the mobile version, I have the PC version (was a backer). Gotta say I was disappointed in the game. Make no mistake, this is an on-rails, interactive novel with some X-Com like combat. (Though not nearly as good as X-Com.) If your considering this and thinking it's a modern take on the old Sega game, I'd keep looking.