The dual stick control method works great on the iPhone, and as such, it seems like there is no shortage of dual stick shooters. Much like sifting through recently released match 3 games, a lot of them feel very similar, but every once in a while you stumble across a game like Pastel Games' Shadow Edge [App Store].

Set in the 1940's, Shadow Edge has this whole Indiana Jones-like thing going for it where you're an allied soldier searching this tomb for some kind of artifact to help turn the tide of World War II. This can all be seen in the opening cinematic of the game.

You then fight wave after wave of undead enemies, using a variety of different weapons and always making sure to keep the torches of the level you're on lit so you can see. The graphics of Shadow Edge are great, and this lighting gameplay element not only adds a cool sense of urgency as you patrol around making sure torches are blazing.

The controls work just as well as the other dual stick shooters on the App Store, and they never seem to get in the way of fending off wave after wave of undead baddies as you play through either the included adventure mode or arena mode which allows you to select any of the included maps to play.

The developers posted the following gameplay video where you can see how the game all goes together, notice how they're constantly refreshing nearby torches to be able to see:

At this stage in the life of the App Store, there's no doubt a lot of these dual stick shooters all sort of start to feel the same. Shadow Edge has a cool atmosphere I really like, with a great graphics engine that does a good job of making you feel on edge as monsters creep out from the darkness-- Especially when you play with headphones on. I'm not sure if that's enough to truly set it apart from the sea of similar games, but if dual stick shooters are your thing, Shadow Edge is definitely worth a look.

App Store Link: Shadow Edge, $1.99

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  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    The review is spot on, but it should be noted that the inspiration for the game is less Indiana Jones than Mike Mignola's Hellboy -- in fact, the artwork on the intro video could charitably be called an homage.

  • http://www.squarezerostudio.com squarezero

    The review is spot on, but it should be noted that the inspiration for the game is less Indiana Jones than Mike Mignola's Hellboy -- in fact, the artwork on the intro video could charitably be called an homage.

  • ultimo

    Is this not undr ze ban hammer as it does not seem to be created with Apple's SDK alone ?

  • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

    Is this not undr ze ban hammer as it does not seem to be created with Apple's SDK alone ?

  • ultimo

    The Cinematic is awesome btw :)

  • http://doesnothaveoneyet ultimo

    The Cinematic is awesome btw :)

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Alien Breed in catacombs :)

  • http://www.silentrocco.com Silent Rocco

    Alien Breed in catacombs :)

  • http://ifanzine.blogspot.com/ iFanzine

    Good game this. Isn't the main reason for lighting up the torches to top up your health though?

    • Eli Hodapp

      Seems that way, but the additional light really helps me not take damage to begin with by not being surprised by swarms of zombies or whatever these monsters are. :)

  • http://ifanzine.blogspot.com/ iFanzine

    Good game this. Isn't the main reason for lighting up the torches to top up your health though?

    • Eli Hodapp

      Seems that way, but the additional light really helps me not take damage to begin with by not being surprised by swarms of zombies or whatever these monsters are. :)

  • spacecowgoesmoo

    +1 to these guys for making a game with Edge in the title :)

  • spacecowgoesmoo

    +1 to these guys for making a game with Edge in the title :)

  • poli

    Great game, looks like iDracula and Minigore mixed together with some new cool stuff, dynamic lighting is awesome.

  • poli

    Great game, looks like iDracula and Minigore mixed together with some new cool stuff, dynamic lighting is awesome.

  • JCat

    Actually, it resembles Alive 4 Ever the most, minus the torch routine.

  • JCat

    Actually, it resembles Alive 4 Ever the most, minus the torch routine.

  • Cookies

    Is anyone else bored of generic top down shooters yet? Minigore is still the best and with Aftermath around, why do they still make them with crap 2d graphics?

    • B34$T

      I'm sorry you feel that way but you are coming off as rather ignorant. These graphics are very respectable with good detail and what looks like wonderful lighting.

      Not all games require 3D to look good and if you do not believe 2D looks good, you must remember that opinions are subjunctive.

      • B34$T

        *subjective not subjunctive :p

    • Whosatm

      Seriously? How is Minigore the best? There are far better Dual Stick shooters that have A LOT more to offer. For example: Alive 4-ever, Solomon's Keep, Guerilla Bob, and this when it comes out. How are 2d graphics crap? Some of the best games are 2d. Besides, it isn't just about the graphics, it is about the gameplay. Minigore gets boring after an hour or two... It is way too repetitive and there is absolutely no reason to go back to it. With only around 4-5 enemies that are essentially the same, one map, one game mode, and 3 weapons, Minigore does not deserve all the hype that is has.

  • Cookies

    Is anyone else bored of generic top down shooters yet? Minigore is still the best and with Aftermath around, why do they still make them with crap 2d graphics?

    • B34$T

      I'm sorry you feel that way but you are coming off as rather ignorant. These graphics are very respectable with good detail and what looks like wonderful lighting.

      Not all games require 3D to look good and if you do not believe 2D looks good, you must remember that opinions are subjunctive.

      • B34$T

        *subjective not subjunctive :p

    • Whosatm

      Seriously? How is Minigore the best? There are far better Dual Stick shooters that have A LOT more to offer. For example: Alive 4-ever, Solomon's Keep, Guerilla Bob, and this when it comes out. How are 2d graphics crap? Some of the best games are 2d. Besides, it isn't just about the graphics, it is about the gameplay. Minigore gets boring after an hour or two... It is way too repetitive and there is absolutely no reason to go back to it. With only around 4-5 enemies that are essentially the same, one map, one game mode, and 3 weapons, Minigore does not deserve all the hype that is has.

  • Kewldewd

    You lost me at "dual stick shooter"

  • Kewldewd

    You lost me at "dual stick shooter"