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Shadowmatic

Level map

Abstract shapes

Finished shadow

Give me a hint

Secrets

Secret key

Achievement unlocked

Looking for a new kind of puzzle game? Check out Shadowmatic. The game makes shadows into puzzles as you twist and turn random shapes to cast a shadow of a familiar object on the wall.

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In the level map, you can select the level you want to play next. The game is divided into nine themed rooms, such as nature or retro.

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Each level has one or more shapes that don't look like anything distinguishable at first glance. The shapes cast a shadow on the wall behind them. Your job is to rotate and turn these shapes to cast the correct shadow.

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The progress bar at the bottom of the screen tells you when you're close to finishing the shadow. When you get it right, the game will tell you the name of the shadow and give you points based on how long it took you to finish the level.

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If you ever get stuck, you can ask for hints by spending the in-game currency.

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Every level has a main shadow, but some levels have extra shadows called Secrets. These are often strange shapes and the progress bar helps you find them.

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You can see all of the Secrets available in the game in a special menu on the level map screen.

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Shadowmatic also has achievements that keep you engaged in the game and earn you extra points.

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