High speed combat keeps Mr Shifty in 5th gear all the way from start to finish. You have 3 tools at your disposal; teleportation, your fists and whatever you can pick up. A small toolbox keeps this game focused. Your only goal being to progress through the levels of Mr. Stone’s high rise corporation taking down every goon in your way.

Wittiness Distilled

Nyx: “Your mission is simple get in steal the plutonium, get out”

Shifty: “………….”

Nyx: “Your objective will be heavily guarded, but I will be providing support via comms, over and out”

Shifty: “…….”

Nyx: “Errr Shifty, are you there?

Shifty: “……………………”

Nyx: “Shifty!?”

Shifty: “………………………………………………….”

Nyx: “Shifty!……..Shifty?, Shifty!!!!!!”

Published in 2017 and developed by Team Shifty, Mr Shifty is a top down beat em up.

High speed combat keeps Mr Shifty in 5th gear all the way from start to finish. You have 3 tools at your disposal; teleportation, your fists and whatever you can pick up. A small toolbox keeps this game focused. Your only goal being to progress through the levels of Mr. Stone’s high rise corporation taking down every goon in your way. 

The only characters to feature in this quick action flick are: 

Mr. Shifty, the strong and silent protagonist (like seriously strong this guy can punch through walls!)

Nyx, the intel agent who favours witty banter to actual directions (who could ask for more to get you through the short interludes between combat). 

Mr. Stone, with a face as hard as his name suggests this antagonist cannot help throwing out one liners as fast as he does goons (the perfect foil to our hero).

Mechanically simple with a growing set of enemies and scenarios to battle through takes Mr.Shifty from a focused 60mph to a sweaty handed 120mph.

A drag race of a game there are 18 levels each one only takes 5 minutes if you are skilled enough. Death is but a minor setback with short load times and checkpointing taking you back to the start of each room. With only one room to remember each death takes you one step closers to a well choreographed dance of dead goons and empty shell casing.

The wittiness of the dialogue is matched by the fast paced thinking you will need to get you through this fun but challenging experience. Mechanically simple with a growing set of enemies and scenarios to battle through takes Mr.Shifty from a focused 60mph to a sweaty handed 120mph. By the end of the game handguns, shotguns, grenade launchers, flamethrowers and ninja will all be firing your way.

A little too fast for its own good I experienced a little lag when hoards of henchman were sent my way. Slowing down this game’s action is a crime committed due to its devotion to faster, more intense gameplay. 

Mr Shifty’s difficulty is managed by its rinse and repeat gameplay not leaving you enough time to chuck your controller across the room. A concise story sidesteps narrative constraints and makes way for mindless fun.

A game that demands your attention Mr Shifty is perfect for lovers of high octane fun.