This brutal return-to-classix platformer is one of my favorite projects of the last year. Moderately difficult yet infinitely challenging, SHDN is a bloody race to the finish line that remedies all the frustrations I had with the Gaiden series. Definitely some inspiration there. There are multiple bosses, weapons, upgrades, and extra-game features which why I put SHDN at the top of my creative revisited classix list. The developers even wrote a comic book to go with the game, which ushers you into a full understanding of characters, their legend and why the beasts in this game are running amok. Gameplay is smooth and fast. Enemies are not very difficult but in great number. The joy of killing is really celebrated here...Truly awesome.