The control scheme of this interesting and puzzling strategy game is very straightforward - use the arrow keys (up, down, left, and right directional keys) to control your mystery man and help him find his way through the levels. For jumping, hitting the Space Bar button should get the job done. After a couple of warm up and easy levels, you have to master the art of Shift. Do that and you'll never have to guess which button you need to press. BUT what is the art of Shift anyway? Well, folks, that's going to be your first puzzle. Now, let's take a closer look at the game...
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So you are one of those folks who are looking for puzzling strategy games that are elegant, minimalist, pulsating, and beefed up with sweet spy music? Yeah? If you are, then you're in for a treat - Shift (created by Tony of Armor Games) has everything you are looking for PLUS MORE!
A Little Bit About Shifting: Shifting flips you beneath the floor that you are standing on. It reverses your body color as well as gravity. For example, you are standing inside a pitch black pit, when you shift, you will find yourself on top of a white mountain in a moment's notice. This gives you more freedom to move. That's the whole idea.
It all boils down to you - spot the paths that are available to shift to using this mechanism. Using the same idea, you also need to find the exit for each level. Now, there are impassable platforms along the way. They can hinder you for the most part, and sometimes help. Anyway, you can rotate it out of the way by collecting the proper key.
A Word Of Warning: There is a level in Shift where it's possible to get stuck. And to make matters worse, you get stuck without the luxury of hitting the restart button and there are no spikes to throw yourself into to die and restart the level. When you get stuck here, VIOLA! You need to start all over. Here's a clue: in a certain level, do NOT grab the 4th or 5th key. Go for the door instead if you don't want to get stuck in this dead end.
Aside from this bug, which hopefully is to be ironed out, Shift is a very fun strategy game to play.
This is one of those strategy games that are short and sweet. Nah, it won't sap your surplus seconds. Maybe 4 or 5 minutes should be enough to finish the whole game once you get the hang of it. BUT believe me, those 4 to 5 minutes of your life are made even better by the game's really clever and mind boggling mechanics as well as mystery.
Elegant, minimalist, comes with a clever game play and mechanic, exciting all throughout, and has a bug that you should always keep an eye on - what more can you ask for? Play Shift NOW and see what I'm talking about.