Shadow Gadget is a passive creature collecting idle game that transforms your Playdate into an online-enabled specter catcher! Hunt by yourself or collect all 140+ ghosts using the Ghostnet online trading platform!
Over 30 new ghosts have been added to Shadow Gadget, along with a new catch rating system and Miracle Swap crafting system. Gen2 is out now! For free!
Strangest.io is releasing a physical edition of Shadow Gadget and Shining Gadget together! What you see here is no mere game, it is the future of paranormal science. The Shining / Shadow Gadget Physical Edition is guaranteed to rid your home of ghosts, ghouls, and demons; all while providing countless hours of handheld entertainment. Each copy of this blessed bundle has been thoroughly exorcized by ordained priests, and includes a poster and ghost stickers that ward off evil spirits.
Spooky ghosts have crossed over from the shadow dimension and into YOUR HOME! Harness the power of your Playdate console to spot ghosts of all kinds, and contain them for further study! Shadow Gadget is the ultimate on-the-go companion for avid ghost hunters and collectors alike!
Brimming with over 140 ghosts, Shadow Gadget has a specter for every collector! Gather all kinds of spirits that are sure to haunt, confuse, and amuse your sixth sense! From demonic clowns to adorable spectral kittens, you never know what will float by next! Compare and trade your library with other users, and amass the ghastliest collection possible! Remember, each ghost you encounter will be 100% real, so don't screw up!
Take your Playdate with you to abandoned buildings, historical sites, and cemeteries; or just kick back at home until you feel a shiver down your spine! Leave the device on or close the game and check back later to see if any ghosts have floated nearby!
Take aim at ghosts and suck them into your Playdate using the built-in crank! Keep your tractor beam on target to weaken it and crank for maximum pull! Your precision and reflexes will be put to the ultimate test as you collect ancient and powerful spirits! After you've caught a new ghost, be sure to visit the gallery to read up on its demented history and admire your collection! Recommended by some of the world's most qualified paranormal investigators, Shadow Gadget is the antidote to all things that go bump in the night!
Engage in a battle of wills with ghosts from across reality!
Tremble in fear at over 140 unique ghost designs!
Amass a collection so great and terrible that you lose your sanity!
Feel the power of your state-of-the-art Phantomizer as it whirs and spits pure energy!
Protect your home from ghosts and other malevolent entities.
Swap ghosts with friends and rivals using the Ghostnet online application!
Missing a ghost? Tired of looking at your least favorite? Shadow Gadget features patented Spirit Swap technology that allows you to trade for your favorite ghosts using the included Windows application: Ghostnet! Complete your collection with friends or blaze your own path, the road to becoming the ultimate ghost hunter is full of possibility!
Trading ghosts is as simple as connecting your playdate to your PC and launching the companion application for Windows! Once there you can trade ghosts, view leaderboards, and download limited-time event ghosts to complete your library! Please refer to the included instruction manual about the steps required to connect, as well as important safety precautions when utilizing this online service.
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This is such a great game! It’s silly and quick and I find myself checking back in often to see if I’ve seen a ghost!
When you’re looking at the collections screen, I’d love to be able to turn the crank to go through all my ghosts like a Rolodex. It would be great, too, to see the scores and stats on them somewhere. Or maybe pressing A brings up more details?
just a few thoughts as I’m enjoying my time otherwise. Team Shining!
(I also add to the request below for a list of ghosts between the games.)
ghost net says device drive verified and then attempting to find playdate drive mounting point over and over again for about 10 min before i close the program and eject the device. using shadow gadget and ghostnet .4
Hello, I bought this game on the Playdate catalog, but now realize that it needs to be sideloaded in order to work with ghostnet? I don't think there is a way to get a zipped .pdx file anywhere from the playdate store is there? Is there any way around this?
What should I do if Ghostnet doesn't recognise my Playdate? I've followed all the steps yet when I plug my Playdate into the PC it says "sharing DATA segment as USB drive" and Ghostnet is stuck on "Please wait while Ghostnet connects to your device...".
EDIT: For anyone who stumbles across this, it turns out you need to press A to get it out of disk mode. Once I did that, it connected pretty much instantly.
If you pick up both games, is the collection shared? Or would you have to double up on each ghost in order to have it everything visible in both of them? Also, if you *do* need to collect each ghost for each version, is there a way to trade with yourself (either via ghostnet, or internally) rather than having to involve another person in some way
Loving the game so far! I have tried to use ghostnet for the last three days, but it says its under maintenance any time I try to open it. Is this a bug on my end, or do you have an estimated date when ghostnet will be back online?
Love this little game/app, I've collected nearly 60 ghosts the last few days! Sadly like another comment has mentioned, the last update (1.04) seems to have broken things for me as the app now crashes each time I try to launch it. These developers seem responsive though so fingers crossed it's fixed soon, I'd love to get back to collecting ghosts!
I got the update, and it worked fine for a while. I increased the sensitivity to max for gyro controls, everything was working good but it sometimes would randomly crash. i was like ok its fine ill just go back on. but now my game crashes every time I launch it now. I tried uninstalling the game and re-installing it but it did not work. i can't play it anymore :(
Really enjoying the game. Great work! Is there any chance we could get an alternative D-Pad control when catching ghosts? While the PD screen is really reflective, tilting the device can still make it difficult to see what is on the screen clearly.
Love this! I was hoping there would be a battle aspect too with the ghosts that you collect. Like if you encounter a ghost that you already caught, you battle it instead. Also wished there was an option to speed up gyro controls and to keep the playdate from going to sleep. Still it's a cool collecting game, I just finished getting the two event monsters.
Holy crap, this is awesome! You guys are doing some insanely creative stuff on the Playdate. I tried out the Windows app in conjunction with the game even though I don't have anything to trade yet, and was really impressed at how it works. Also love that there's events with exclusives, since it's really fun seeing what crazy art and descriptions you came up with.
The only thing I'd request is more options (I like this as a passive thing I can run in the background, so the as great as the music is it would be nice to turn off). Also, I noticed that simply not resting the Playdate flat on its back seems to count as "walking" with the ghost signal strength increasing noticeably faster.
Really love what you guys are doing with this hardware, thank you!