January 12, 2013

Like Shaq-fu? Try ShaqDown

You can lie to me, just don’t lie to yourself. You’ve always wanted to be Shaq for a day and you can finally take a trip into a day in the life of one the most legendary NBA players of all time.

So how is this going happen? Simple with a new game based on the daily routine of the now retired player. The game is called ShaqDown which is the spiritual successor to Shaq Fu. It is a downloadable game that released on January 8th 2013 and is available on both the iTunes App Store and Google Play. This little gem is being brought to you by the courtesy of the good folks at One Spear Entertainment and developed by Hiptic Games, the makers of Go Ninja.

The story is uh… The story is er…Ok the story is a little hard to make out, but basically some dusty old town has become infested with zombies and the “Justice Bringer” is the only one that can take them down. The Justice Bringer from the trailer is a constant wanderer who corrects the wrongs of the unjust. What’s more, this Justice Bringer is none other than the big man, Shaquille O’Neal himself.

From here it is time for the player to take control. The gameplay is just like your average 2D side-scroller, the likes of Super Mario World or Sonic the Hedgehog. As the Justice Bringer, you will smash through this town taking no zombie prisoners. At this point things take an interesting spin. Besides punching and ramming into the undead, Shaq will be able to shoot flaming basketballs at his opponents; literally making them fireballs. The road doesn’t end there, as Shaq can also shoot a huge power wave that takes up about 1/3 of the screen, leaving all those zombies totally obliterated.

Don’t look at me like that. Of course he can do these things in real life!

Now let us continue on to the aesthetics and art style of this lovely app. For a 2D arcade style beat em’ up, the animation runs pretty smoothly. Actually, the animation reminds me of the kind seen from the Street Fighter series in the mid 90’s with its countless remakes and new additions. The art style of the game is simply gorgeous and well done. It is kind of a mix between a western American graphic comic book and a Japanese anime. One notable piece of art you should take notice of is the background. After you are done wrestling your way through the dusty villages and towns, take a moment and just enjoy the gorgeous sunset, then continue to pummel the life out of the undead.

So whenever you get some free time, and I know you will, give this game a try. It may become your new obsession and even make some Angry Birds a little angrier, or at least ruffle their feathers the wrong way. In the meantime, you can go check for more info at, but if you just can’t wait to see this thing in action then you can view the trailer just below.

What are you waiting for? You’ve got a town to save and zombies to smash!

Image Credit: One Spear Entertainment, Inc.

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