Succumb to the Magic of Drop Shadow

drop shadowIn graphic design, a drop shadow refers to the inclusion of a shadow behind an image, creating the illusion that the image is raised. But in Drop Shadow, an abstract game of pluses and minuses, the game’s circular, shadowy protagonist has a very different story to tell.

Drop Shadow is currently being developed by UK based software developer and magician, Matt Leatherbarrow, who is also known for Magic Kit, an app that allows users to perform professional magic tricks at the touch of a button. Presented as a game of skill, strategy and timing, Drop Shadow challenges players to guide a circular drop-shadow through a field of plus and minus dots and collect as many points as possible. A point is earned for each ‘Plus Dot’ you run into, but is taken away if you make contact with a ‘Minus Dot’. There are also several bonus dots including the Heart Dot, which restores a full shadow, a Shield Dot that creates a temporary barrier around the harmful Minus Dots, and lastly, the terrifying Skull Dot – an instant ‘game over’.

Drop Shadow is governed by a simple left-to-right swiping gesture, and supports single digit gameplay. It boasts endless, uniquely designed levels and is expected for release on iOS devices in the near future. You can stay up to date on the game’s progress by following the developer on Twitter.


What do you think about Drop Shadow? Does its mathematical appearance belie a complex underlying narrative? Share your thoughts below.

A keen retrogamer who grew up playing classics like Prince of Persia, Aladdin, and Diddy Kong Racing, Katrina believes that digital games are not just fun, but a great way to learn. These days she enjoys studying Japanese language acquisition, and designing her own games.