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Shadowmatic for iOS

By TRIADA StudioPaidUser Rating

Key Details of Shadowmatic

  • Rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows.
  • Last updated on October 9, 2017
  • There have been 5 updates
  • Virus scan status:

    Clean (it's extremely likely that this software program is clean)

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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Shadowmatic for iPhone is an engrossing 3D puzzler, where you progress through 100 levels in 12 different room environments by managing to rotate and flip abstract objects till their shadowed silhouettes look recognizable.


Simple UI: Shadowmatic is easy to navigate, with only three major options: Play, which gets you into the same; Options, which enables you to choose whether to sync game progress across your devices, turn music on or off, and select a language; and Extras, which offers a Game Info section, with a detailed description of the game, the credits, and a link to obtain the Music on iTunes.

Easy-to-learn gameplay: For single-piece levels, rotate the object via one-finger dragging or keep it intact while turning it via two-finger dragging. For two-piece levels, toggle between both using the button on the bottom left to move, or hold the button and swipe with one finger to manipulate both relative to each other. To rotate together, tap and hold the button for one second for that control mode. For three-piece levels, rotate three pieces till they're properly angled, then place any two in their correct positions, and the third will automatically align. The progress meter on the bottom-middle of the screen will glow as you get closer to completion.

Secondary objectives: Sometimes you can create alternative silhouettes from the same object or objects. While alternative silhouettes are not necessary to win, players are incentivized to find them with extra hint-points and a higher score. A silhouette list can be found in the Secrets section.

Helpful hints: You can take advantage of the game's hints -- four hints per level -- if you're stuck. You are given 32 hint-points to start to pay for them, but you'll have to earn or purchase more in the app after you run out. But we recommend not relying on them too heavily to keep the game challenging.

Arcade Mode: Reach the levels that incorporate three objects and gain the option of Arcade Mode. In Arcade Mode, you solve a series of puzzles you've already solved previously in a random order within a 30-second timeframe. Tap the Energy button on the top right if you get stuck.


Progress meter is hard to read: The progress meter is a little small and its dots that glow as you get closer to solving puzzles are a little faint, making it hard to track your progress, especially if you're focusing on gameplay.

Bottom Line

Shadowmatic is a challenging 3D puzzler that you can lose yourself in while trying to uncover hidden objects.

What's new in version 1.9.7

• bug fixes and improvements for all supported iOS versions

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Full Specifications

October 9, 2017
Latest update
October 9, 2017
Operating System
iOS 12.1.2
Additional Requirements
Compatible with: iPhone3GS, iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi, iPad23G, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPhone5s, iPadAir, iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6, iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro, iPadProCellular, iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE, iPhone7, iPhone7Plus, iPad611, iPad612, iPad71, iPad72, iPad73, iPad74
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Developer's Description

Rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows.
Apple Design Award Winner. App Store Best of 2015. Shadowmatic is an imagination-stirring puzzle where you rotate abstract objects in a spotlight to find recognizable silhouettes in projected shadows, relevant to the surrounding environment. The game combines stunning visuals with relaxing and captivating gameplay. On your journey to discover the right solution you will stumble upon many unexpected and infinitely varied silhouettes. The game features 12 rooms, each flavored with unique concept, atmosphere, and music. "Simple to the point of beauty, and beautiful to the point of becoming a work of art, this is a game you won't want to win, because you won't want the experience to end" - Pocket Gamer. "It's fun, it's unique, and it's the perfect type of game to show off to people who typically don't play video games, as it's almost like an interactive piece of art" - Touch Arcade. "It's always awesome to see a breathtaking, unique, and thoroughly innovative puzzle game pop up on the App Store" - Macworld. "Full of whimsical puzzles and thoughtful designs, Shadowmatic is a delightful and captivating iOS game" - CNET. "'Fantastically original': Shadowmatic works modern-day wonders with the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry" - The Guardian. "It's like a mind-bending shadow-puppet spectacle" - TIME. "This game requires you to look at things a little differently" - Washington Post. Hints. The game includes a system of hints. To enjoy the game to its fullest, however, we recommend resorting to them on rare occasions only. Music. Every room in the game features its own music arrangement, adding up to the distinctive atmosphere and feel in each. The music is best experienced with headphones, and is available separately on iTunes. More than 100 levels in 12 unique environments. Gorgeous graphics. Secondary objectives. Nonlinear level progression. 3D parallax view. Achievements. Arcade Mode. Synchronization with Apple TV. The game is optimized for every iOS device separately (starting from iPhone 3GS and newer), however it's best experienced on the latest devices: iPhone 6s/7 and 6s/7 Plus, iPad Mini 3 and 4, iPad Air 2 and iPad Pro. Please note that the game is larger than 100MB and can only be downloaded using Wi-Fi. Follow us on Twitter: @ShadowmaticGame. Join us on Facebook: @Shadowmatic. Follow us on Instagram: @Shadowmatic. Questions. Shoot us an email: support@triadastudiogames.com. Triada Studio is a computer graphics and animation studio with over 20 years of industry experience. Shadowmatic is the company's first project that bridges its vast computer graphics experience with an experimental in-house 3D engine.