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Video Game / Mr. Shifty

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A top-down action game where you make your way through the heavily guarded Olympus Tower. Teleporting and punching his way past security, Mr. Shifty's goal is to find and steal the mega-plutonium before Chairman Stone uses it as a weapon against the world.

In Mr. Shifty, you teleport around guards and deadly traps, making your way across 23 levels. It is available on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox ONE, and Steam.

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  • Applied Phlebotinum (Type Power Source): The mega-plutonium, which doubles as the MacGuffin
  • Bad Boss: Chairman Stone is only upset that you'll killing his employees because "Only I get to do that!"
  • Bullet Time: Attacking multiple enemies in a short period of time will fill up a meter that slows down time around you the next time a bullet gets dangerously close to Mr. Shifty.
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  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The color outfit on an enemy tells you what kind of weapon they're trying to kill you with.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The antagonist, Chairman Stone.
  • Destination Defenestration: There's a good number of windows across the game that you can punch enemies out of.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Mr. Shifty picks up a number of weapons in the game, but never any of the enemy firearms.
  • Excuse Plot: We never learn anything about Mr. Shifty or the organization he works for. Or Stone Corp. and what they do.
  • Flash Step: Mr. Shifty's main mechanic. There's a set number of shifts you can make in succession.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: How Mr. Shifty fights most of the time. The majority of enemies go down in one hit.
  • Heroic Mime: Mr. Shifty only talks in ellipses. It doesn't stop anybody from understanding him.
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  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: The trident and lighting bolt are thrown in a straight line, taking down all enemies in its path.
  • Improvised Weapon: Table legs, pieces of statues, and even the classic Broomstick Quarterstaff are all used against guards.
  • Knockout Gas: Stone ambushes Shifty with this early on in the game.
  • Laser Hallway: A common obstacle in Olympus Tower.
  • Mission Control: Nyx, who helps you navigate the building and gives you tips.
  • One-Hit-Point Wonder: Mr. Shifty can't survive a gunshot, or a punch. But he can dodge especially well.
  • Percussive Shutdown: Stone's shifting machine and shift limiters are stopped by punching them.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Enemies impaled by a weapon will stay on the wall with that weapon until you pull it out.
  • Power Copying: After stealing Mr. Shifty's DNA, Stone uses it and the mega-plutonium to create a machine that can teleport guards and traps into different parts of the building at will.
  • Power Nullifier: Stone has devices that can negate the ability to shift in an area.
  • Sticky Bomb: The mines won't stick to you just by walking over them. But if you throw one at an enemy...
  • Super Strength: Besides being able to knock out guards in a single punch, Mr. Shifty can break through walls given enough time. Stone even comments on it.
  • Tactical Door Use: If Mr. Shifty punches a door, it'll fly off its hinges and take down anybody standing in front of it.

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