Shadowrun for SNES

Australia, 1992

Videogame

The world of Shadowrun is defined by the Awakening, where magic has been re-discovered, and human beings have accepted the existence of those they thought to be fantasy creatures. Mega-corporations and cyberworlds now share the world with elves and Native American shamans.

The player is Jake Armitage, a seemingly ordinary data courier who is assassinated by a hit squad in the year 2050 in Seattle, Washington. A mysterious figure rushes to Jake and cast a spell on him and he wakes up in the morgue with complete memory loss. Jake must now begin to unravel the mystery of his death and miraculous resurrection.

The game is a skill-based role playing game (RPG) with action-oriented combat. The player can use firearms and learn magic spells, primarily with defensive and support capabilities. The game was a critical success, winning a number of industry awards, but was a commercial failure nevertheless. It was retrospectively acclaimed by several publications as an “ahead of its time” milestone in the history of the role-playing genre for the consoles and credited for having pioneered film noir style in video games.

Credits

publisher

Data East USA

developer

Laser Beam (Beam Software)

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1992

Appears in

Group of items

Play It Again II: Games Collection

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

ARC000107-1

Subject category

Game

Materials

Cartidge videogame. Cartridge, reference sheet and manual in cardboard box

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