Shadowgrounds - Le Bottin des Jeux Linux


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📰 Title: Shadowgrounds 🕹️ / 🛠️ Type: Game
🗃️ Genre: Adventure & Action 🚦 Status: 05. Released
🏷️ Category: Adventure & Action ➤ TPS ➤ Fantasy & Sci-fi ➤ Alien Breed 🌍️ Browser-based:
🔖 Tags: Run and Gun; Top-Down Shooter; TPS; Action; Shooter; Adventure; Exploration; Run and Gun; Aliens; Blood; Sci-fi; Horror; Survival Horror; Atmospheric; Physics; Retro; Keyboard; Mouse; Controller 📦️ Package Name:
🐣️ Approx. start: 2005-11-17 📦️ Arch:
🐤️ Latest: 2017-11-01 🍥️ On Deb repo:
📍️ Version: Latest : issue_9 / Dev : dfe260b 📦️ Deb:
🏛️ License type: Commercial 📦️ RPM:
🏛️ License: Code : Free / Artwork : Commercial 📦️ AppImage:
🏝️ Perspective: Bird's-eye view 📦️ Snap:
👁️ Visual: 3D Top-Down 📦️ Flatpak/Athenaeum:
⏱️ Pacing: Real Time ⚙️ Generic bin.:
👫️ Played: Single 📄️ Source: ✓
🎖️ This record: 5 stars 📱️ PDA support:
🎖️ Game design: 👫️ Contrib.: Goupil & Louis
🎰️ ID: 12782 🐛️ Created: 2010-08-20
🐜️ Updated: 2021-11-07

📖️ Summary

[fr]: Un jeu d'action futuriste solo (pas de multi pour la version Linux) dans un environnement destructible, dont l'ambiance oppressante et le scénario ne sont pas sans rappeller le film Alien de Ridley Scott. Le joueur est Wesley Tyler, un mécanicien chargé de la réparation de différents systèmes dans une colonie spatiale située sur la planète Ganimede, qui retrouve sa base infestée d'aliens après s'être absenté pour réparer un générateur ... [en]: A Sci-Fi SP action game (no MP for the Linux version) in a destructible environment, whose oppressive atmosphere and scenario are reminiscent of Ridley Scott's movie Alien. The player is Wesley Tyler, a mechanic in charge of repairing various systems in a space colony located on the planet Ganimede, who finds his base infested with aliens after being away to repair a generator ...

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📕 Description [fr]

Un jeu d'action futuriste dans lequel le joueur contrôle un groupe de marines affrontant des aliens, par le studio Frozenbyte, portage Linux par le studio Alternative Games.

Shadowgrounds est un jeu d'action futuriste solo (pas de multi pour la version Linux) dans un environnement destructible, dont l'ambiance oppressante et le scénario ne sont pas sans rappeller le film Alien de Ridley Scott. Le joueur est Wesley Tyler, un mécanicien chargé de la réparation de différents systèmes dans une colonie spatiale située sur la planète Ganimede, qui retrouve sa base infestée d'aliens après s'être absenté pour réparer un générateur ...
Il est assez souvent comparé à Alien Breed.

Shadowgrounds est un jeu d'action de science-fiction qui mélange un gameplay old school addictif et une technologie moderne dans un grand et méchant festival de carnage contre les extraterrestres. Le jeu se joue de haut en bas, ce qui permet d'avoir une meilleure vue du champ de bataille et d'utiliser des tactiques de combat différentes et uniques. Des améliorations innovantes des armes, un gameplay addictif et des feux d'artifice audiovisuels plantent le décor d'un récit futuriste aux dimensions épiques.
En mai 2006, Shadowgrounds est devenu le premier jeu finlandais publié sur Steam.

Shadowgrounds est un combat épique entre les humains et les extraterrestres.

• Des armes dévastatrices et des améliorations importantes des armes
• Des effets d'éclairage réalistes
• 11 missions passionnantes se déroulant sur différents champs de bataille
• Des effets sonores palpitants et une bande sonore acclamée
• Une attitude à l'ancienne, des graphismes modernes (dont le génial lance-flammes !)

Shadowgrounds Survivor est l'histoire de trois survivants qui joignent leurs forces à celles de la dernière résistance humaine dans la lutte acharnée contre l'assaut des extraterrestres.

🌍️ Wikipedia:

Shadowgrounds est un jeu vidéo de type shoot 'em up en vue de dessus développé par Frozenbyte. Il est sorti à partir de novembre 2005 sur Windows, Linux et OS X.

Le jeu se déroule dans une colonie spatiale sur Ganymède qui a été attaquée par des extraterrestres.

📕 Description [en]

"A Sci-Fi SP action game whose oppressive atmosphere and scenario are reminiscent of Ridley Scott's movie Alien" (Serge Le Tyrant, Le Bottin des Jeux Linux / The Linux Games Book).

Shadowgrounds is a sci-fi action game that blends addictive old school gameplay and modern technology into one big, nasty alien-battling carnage festival. The game is played from a top-down perspective that gives you a better view of the battlefield and allows for different and unique combat tactics. Innovative weapon upgrades, addictive gameplay and audiovisual fireworks set the scene for a near-future tale of epic heights.
In May 2006, Shadowgrounds became the first Finnish game published on Steam.

Shadowgrounds is an epic fight between human and aliens.

• Devastating weapons and extensive weapon upgrades
• Realistic lighting effects
• 11 exciting missions taking place on various battlegrounds
• Thrilling sound effects and acclaimed soundtrack
• Old-school attitude, modern graphics (including the awesome flamethrower!)

Shadowgrounds Survivor is a story of three survivors who join forces with the last remaining human resistance in the heated battle against the ongoing alien onslaught.

🌍️ Wikipedia:

Shadowgrounds is a top-down shooter for Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X, developed by Frozenbyte. The game takes place on a space colony on Ganymede which is being attacked by aliens. It was released for Windows on November 11, 2005 in stores in Finland and Germany, and in Spring 2006 in the rest of Europe and North America.

As well as being available through retail stores, the game began being distributed on Valve Software's Steam on May 8, 2006. The game was also available on Gametap as of January 31, 2008 until it's closre, and is on Good Old Games as of March 3, 2011. The game was later ported by IGIOS and published to Linux by Linux Game Publishing, with the Linux version being released on September 16, 2009. It was made available on Desura on April 10, 2011.

A sequel, Shadowgrounds: Survivor, was released in 2007 and focuses on three separate characters trying to survive the alien onslaught shown in the first game. Both games were later released together along with two other Frozenbyte titles, Trine and Splot, to form the third Humble Indie Bundle. The Humble Frozenbyte Bundle games were also offered as incentives in the later Humble Frozen Synapse Bundle.


The game is a fast-paced top-down shooter reminiscent of the Alien Breed series. Like the earlier Finnish game Death Rally, Shadowgrounds presents a familiar concept with modern resources. The plot of a monster attack on a space colony exists only as a thin justification for the action, monsters are plentiful and weapons large.

Shadowgrounds uses light and darkness as vital components of gameplay and atmosphere, hence the name. The game is largely dark, and the hero carries a motion scanner and a flashlight with a regenerating but limited power supply (a common gaming trope). There are ten weapons, all with three possible upgrades. Medpacks, weapons and ammunition are found in stores and near dead soldiers.

Players explore indoor and outdoor facilities in order to complete a usually linear series of tasks (usually of the "FedEx" or "get to Point B" varieties, though other tasks include disarming force fields, enabling a radio transmitter, or fixing various broken machinery), while clearing the area of a chain of progressively more powerful creatures. Occasionally, other NPCs fight alongside the player, but, especially in the case of characters central to the plot, they are invulnerable and can be left to kill while the player recharges his flashlight or hunts for items.

In order to enable upgrades the weapons, players collect upgrade pieces from killing monsters. Players can also pick up weapons and ammunition and health packs and destroy a large amount of crates (another cliché of the genre). Finally, there are PDAs and computer terminals scattered through the maps that serve to loosely advance the plot with some optional exposition.

There are a number of vehicles shown both in cutscenes and on the various maps, including an alien ship and an earth mover; however, none of these are player-drivable, and the game will switch to non-interactive cutscene if a task involves a vehicle.

Cooperative mode

Cooperative gameplay, which was added late in development as a bonus for fans, is available within the single-player story. Cooperatively, one player controls Tyler via the keyboard and mouse, and one to three more can play as unnamed characters, using gamepads attached to the same computer. There is no Internet or LAN support.

There are a few other gameplay differences between the single-player and cooperative modes. The respawns that are available in single player mode are still a facet of the game; however, each time any player of the team dies, all players are respawned at a safe location, and one respawn from the respawn pool is used. Similarly, weapons collected are made available to all players, and upgrade parts are shared (ammunition, however, is not distributed).


Players take the role of Wesley Tyler, a senior mechanic on the IGTO Repair Base on Ganymede, who is tasked with the repair of various systems. At the start of the game, Tyler is ordered to repair the backup generators, and he and two other technicians drive out to fix them. On the way there, they discuss Tyler's past, how he was previously in charge of a security team, before being blamed for an accident involving faulty equipment. Upon fixing the power however, Tyler loses radio contact with the others, and starts encountering small three legged insect like creatures. He then starts finding bodies, and larger more dangerous versions of the aliens he had encountered before. He finds a pistol and begins to battle the increasingly hostile aliens.

He eventually receives a message from a Corporal Jane Awryn, who is trapped in the Water Treatment facility. Tyler proceeds to rescue her and the two of them attempt to battle their way to the main colony of New Atlantis. On the way, they are ordered to report to "Weather Station 5", an illegal military compound and one of the first of the IGTO's secret military and research projects that Tyler will encounter throughout the game. Tyler is tasked by Lieutenant Dan Baxter with various different missions, before being reunited with Jane and sent to restore the ISERCom facility so that a message can be sent to any nearby space ships. The Provectus, a large carrier class ship, hears the message and proceeds on route to help.

Meanwhile, Jane and Tyler are ordered to report to New Atlantis in order to protect the civilians living there. Despite some sizeable resistance, the colony had already mostly been trashed, and Tyler encounters few survivors. He and Jane do manage to rescue Dr. Harold Weiss, an IGTO research scientist, who informs them of the unfortunate news that the Provectus had been already been shot down. Tyler and the rest search the stricken ship and eventually find and rescue Colonel Roger Smith, who despite the crash is still defiant and confident that they can take down the alien's mothership. Tyler is sent to go to the mines and find Baxter and his team to provide additional reinforcements, but arrives too late and only finds Baxter shortly before he dies.

Now on their own, Tyler reunites with Jane, Weiss, and Smith and they attempt to launch a series of defensive missiles. The missiles fail to launch, being engulfed on the launch pad. Ever undaunted, Smith devises another plan; they will take the alien pod, one of the many alien technologies that was being researched in secret by the IGTO, and the also alien AMEW bomb and blow up the ship from the inside. With Smith staying behind to man the launch, Tyler, Jane, and Weiss are flown into the heart of the mothership. Upon reaching the centre of the ship and defeating a final boss, the last of the Ancient ones, they are approached by the aliens' collective consciousness who inform them of the real reasons for the invasion and the danger they are posing to themselves and the whole solar system.

The AMEW bomb was based on technologies that they had developed many years before, utilizing an energy source so powerful that it could destroy stars. The aliens had abused it themselves, destroying their home planet and most of their own race. Those that remained were intent that no one else should share the same fate. They had tried to recover all of the energy they had spread throughout the universe, but were disturbed to find out humanity's attempts to utilize it much as they did. They tried to warn them, but those in charge refused to listen, so they sent an army of genetically engineered warriors to protect humanity from itself. The bomb that they hold in their hands could take out every planet and moon orbiting the Sun. Weiss deactivates the bomb, and the aliens promise to never again meddle in our affairs, and return Jane, Tyler, and Weiss back to safety.

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💡️ Commentaires généraux:
• Ce jeu avait intégré l'offre Humble Bundle (offre commerciale promotionnelle d'un ensemble de jeux vendus à un prix laissé libre).
• Suite au succès commercial du pack Humble Indie Bundle, le studio Frozenbyte a rendu publique (mais non libre) son code source (voir le lien "Dev site").