I am technically playing The Red Strings Club but not so crazy about gameplay or the tone, so gave Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun a whirl instead.
The first level, Osaka Castle, is all the way very approachable (it’s a tutorial, after all) until it drops the bastard hard bomb. Of course, I am talking about that point where the path to the door needs to be cleared, so Mugen can carry an explosive barrel up to it.
There’s 5 men keeping an eye on each other; one is easy to get rid of, my attempts to eliminate the other four quietly have so far been frustrated. One more possibly can be had to have an ‘accident’, and that’s something I need to try, however there’s a strong suspicion that the use of Shadow Mode, the ability to have the various operative act at the same time, may be required.
Since every other tool is very straightforward (it literally is just a matter of learning the controls), and almost everything that has been introduced up to that point was somewhat optional, leaving the choice to the player whether to use the new toy or just pick a different path, a showstopper like this seems a fairly efficient way to have a non inconsiderable number of players just drop the game there.
The designers should have known better than to go “here’s Shadow Mode, have fun! Also remember you can only queue an action …bye!”