War video games often rely on violence to drive the gameplay. but 'Only Shadows' focuses more on the after effects of serving in the military. Designed as a first-person exploration game, 'Only Shadows' tasks players with exploring a world of broken paths that all stem from conflict and war. The game does this by portraying a constantly shifting mind, meant to showcase the impact war can have on an individual.
Gameplay in 'Only Shadows' revolves mostly around puzzle solving and memorization. Various settings help drive these puzzles and can range from large war rooms to serene suburban settings. Floating text gives some context to what is going on but the game ultimately lies on aesthetics to force players to interpret the memories in the game.