Shadowrun Returns is a computer role-playing game of the U.S. development studio Harebrained Schemes, based on the role-playing game Shadowrun rules. The game has been funded with the help of a crowdfunding campaign via the online platform Kickstarter.com. It was released on July 25, 2013 for the operating systems Windows and Mac OS, on 26 September 2013, for Android and iOS. A version for Linux was v.eröffentlicht on October 30.
The game is set in a futuristic scenario of the city of Seattle. The player character receives a message from a fellow Shadow Runners in which it predicts his assassination. He asks the player character to make the client find.
At the beginning the player creates a character for which he can choose from five races ( human, elf, dwarf, orc, troll ) and six character classes (street samurai, magicians, Decker, shaman, riggers, physical Adept ). Alternatively, it can be selected from different abilities a class of its own. During the game, push add more accompanying activities. The gameplay is presented from an isometric perspective. The battles are turn-based.
The development studio Harebrained Scheme was established by Shadowrun creator Jordan Weisman, the employees counted with Mitch Gitelman, among others, the producer of Microsoft's multiplayer action game Shadowrun from the year 2007. The Shadowrun Returns project was immediately after the success of the Kickstarter project, Double Fine Adventure ( later: Broken Age) announced. Together with Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded, Wasteland 2 and Fedora Project (later Tex Murphy: Tesla Effect) it was one of the first titles that tried to revive with the help of crowdfunding old computer game franchises. Target of 4 April 2012 tarnished the campaign were $ 400,000. In fact, the developer collected until the end of the campaign on April 29 on Kickstarter 1.83 million U.S. dollars from over 36,000 supporters and another 60,000 dollars over the alternative payment provider Paypal. Due to the numerous additional revenue the project scope has been significantly expanded.
Shadowrun Returns received mostly positive reviews ( Metacritic: 76 out of 100 ).
" It all sounds for a slating? Yes and no. Had Shadowrun Returns no great story, no first-class dialogues and despite the sterile game world no part for cutting dense atmosphere - it might be one. [ ... ] Playful however, remains far below its potential Shadowrun Returns -. , And also far below what have commanded genre classics such as Fallout or Baldur 's Gate Fifteen years ago, "