Shadow Skimmer

• Publisher: The Edge
• Developer:
The Edge
Release Date: 1987
Code: Mat Sneap

GFX: Mat Sneap
Music: Neil Baldwin

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 57%
Our Game Rating: 57%





• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Shadow Skimmer by the Edge looked quite an interesting action / puzzle game to me; it looked like a cross between Quedex and Citadel so I kind of looked forward to this one... Having attempted to work out how to play it several times, I eventually gave up! The information I found online didn't seem to help much at all. I was determined to give it one final go and managed to work out how to get through the levels! There are only four short levels to beat, so once I was up and running, the game was beaten in minutes!

The aim is just to guide your skimmer craft around the maze of corridors, shooting the enemies and obstacles that block your path and find the exit on the last level.

Graphically it's average and it plays ok, but the action is non-existent, the level design poor, the sound is annoying and the actual game underneath it all is pathetic.

Having now completed this game I am staggered as to how this game was sold for full price back in the day. It's far worse than many budget game releases. Don't waste your time on this one. It's shocking.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I used an infinite lives cheat.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final level is completed you get a page of text and a short David Whittaker jingle before the game restarts. The text reads 'SHADOW SKIMMER. CONGRATULATIONS FROM THE EDGE. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. THANKS FOR PLAYING. WE HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED IT. THIS HAS BEEN A MAT PRODUCTION.'


  • Neil: A point for the message and a point for the jingle. I'm sure this one could have squeezed an ending in. Shame on you guys. 2/10.
  • Vinny: The coder of this game, Mat Sneap, also produced Knuckbusters for Melbourne House, and so it was inevitable that we weren't going to get a striking game ending. Still - it's good to see some kind of ending... 2/10 from me too.
  • Andrew Fisher: Didn't know it was Mat Sneap - fills in a bit more of his career.

    I liked the graphics of this, didn't think much of the gameplay unfortunately. Very average ending.
  • Gaz Spence: One for the mappers because there is nothing there for anyone else. The ending doesn't live long in the memory... What was it again?

FINAL SAY: I hoped a great ending would save this one, but it just didn't happen.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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