GameSpy writes: "Earlier this year, Chair Entertainment's Shadow Complex tackled a formula popularized in prior gaming eras -- "Metroidvania" lives on! Sure, Shadow Complex dips its toe into the waters of the third dimension, but have no doubt that this is an exploration-heavy side-scrolling shooter down to its core. Shadow Complex perfects the everyday gaming activities of jumping, shooting, and exploring. As you'd expect, the hero's ability to jump and shoot improves as you procure nifty new gear found while exploring, allowing you to backtrack and bypass previously impassible obstacles and unearth more secrets. It's simple, and it works."