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Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
Shadowrun Returns brings back one of our most original & cherished game settings as a 2D turn-based RPG for tablets & PC.
36,276 backers pledged $1,836,447 to help bring this project to life.

Tablets Away!

Posted by Harebrained Schemes LLC (Creator)

Hey Everyone! 

When Jordan created the original world of Shadowrun, he didn’t predict that people would one day interact with that world on touch-screen computers more powerful than the one that took us to the moon. It is extremely gratifying that the enthusiasm for this game setting has stood the test of time and that we are now able to deliver it on mobile devices to a new generation of gamers. 

The iOS and Android tablet versions of Shadowrun Returns is being released in the Apple and Google Play stores for $9.99 on Thursday, September 26. The tablet versions doesn't include the editor and will not contain access to community created content but we do plan to bundle the best community content and release it on tablets at some point in the future. 

As we've said before, we know a most paid marketing efforts are kind of useless. Most of us rely on the opinions of people we trust to help us figure out what we want to play next. So please help get the word out that the iOS and Android versions are available by sharing the links below, along with some Shadowrun love. 


Google Play: 

 And here's the new Facebook cover photo for you. 

Welcome to the Sprawl, Touch-screener! 


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    1. RC on

      Hoi André!

      Update #4 stated the Linux version would come later. The beta test branch of the Linux version is being made available through Steam for community testing this month because it's not finished yet. Below is the quote during the Kickstarter about Linux, and you can check it out under the Updates Tab, Update #4:

      "So here’s the deal: We can now say with confidence that if we hit our $1M stretch goal, we will be able to partner with the right external developer, port Shadowrun Returns to Linux, and deliver it in a reasonable amount of time after the game is released.

      We’ll also add it to the $15 reward level (alongside the PC/Mac versions). Now if you’re a Linux-only user, you’ll have to wait for your version, but from what you’ve told us, you’re willing to do that.

      Thanks again for all the support, the constructive comments, and for your patience."

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      André Fettouhi on

      I just got my rewards in the mail today. Why isn't the Linux version of the game on the game disc? According to the tier everything was supposed to be on the usb dog tag but instead it is on two cd's which is fine. I am just miffed that the Linux version of the game isn't there at all which sucks for those who want to play the DRM free version.

    3. RC on

      Hoi Mobilesniper!

      Rewards have been and are still shipping! If you'd like to check up on the status of your Rewards, drop HBS an email via ^_^

      Ja Mata!


    4. mobilesinper on

      I have not received my physical Items Either. is there someone who can contact me on getting this fixed

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    6. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      Drink Moxie - Shoot us an email at and we can send you a copy of the email that must have gotten lost in the ether. Sorry about that.

      Shipping continues and we're about 3/4 of the way through the orders. Thanks for your patience!

    7. Drink Moxie on

      I did the all digital toward bundle and I never received an email with info on how to download my stuff

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      Jens on

      Great, I was afraid that it might got lost on the way.

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      shamroxor on

      Hey Jens, same thing with me. I figure its because they can't spare too many people for parcel packing duties!

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      Jens on

      Anyone here from europe who backed at the 125$ level and hasn't received the physical rewards yet? Or is it just me?

    11. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      Unfortunately, the game isn't supported for the Ipad 1.

      We are aware of the crashing issues on Ipad 2 and working on a fix for that - it appears to be a memory issue and players are reporting that turning off the device and then loading can help in some cases.

      The Berlin campaign is slated for a January release. There will be patches until then but the team is concentrating their efforts on making Berlin great instead of smaller expansions.


    12. Vincent Roine on

      Backers don't get the app for free? Man, backers really did get shafted this kick starter

    13. Paul Smith on

      ETA on the next campaign(s)? any expansions in the works?

    14. Jeremy Southard on

      Works great on my Toshiba Thrive. Only oddity is the music only plays on the opening menu screen, but never once in the game.

    15. Douglas Reid

      Great game, crashing quite a bit on my iPad 2 though, maybe need a new iPad :P

    16. Iestyn

      It seems a little too much for the iPad 1: I keep crashing out during character creation. A different point every time: I got to naming once!

    17. Dennis Turner on

      Hmm tag vid.. Guess it was high tech for the time.. CG was quite nifty.

    18. Dennis Turner on

      All that packing musta been a real PITA.. Thanks for the time to put in all that stuff in the boxes and mailed

    19. Dennis Turner on

      Got my rewards :).. book looks a+ awesome.. gold docwagon looks great. good dogtag and data card :).. tshirts are quite nice :)

    20. Casey on

      I've backed other Kickstarters for iDevice games....maybe it's just the size difference on this Kickstarter?

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      Colin Glover on

      I have installed this on a Google Nexus 10, Nexus 7 and, out of curiosity, a Nexus 4 phone. I copied across the saved game from PC and it worked on all three. I have poor eyesight and didn't expect to be able to read the text on the Nexus 4 1280x768 4.7" screen, but in almost all cases the text is crisp and legible. The exceptions are in some description windows when setting up a new character. It's as if they are bitmaps of text which haven't scaled well, because some even smaller text in, for example, descriptions in the spend karma screen or the various tooltips, is certainly legible. Not that I seriously expect to ever run it on the Nexus 4, but it is playable if I really wanted.

    22. Remy Monsen on

      I haven't tried the iOS nor the Android version, but if you have a good way of scrolling the screen there, how about backporting that to the Windows version?
      I am running it on my Surface Pro tablet, which means that I run the regular Steam version, but scrolling the screen is almost hopeless (Well, I do manage to scroll the screen, but that usually also ends up in a character moving at the same time, which is undesirable, especially in combat).
      Other than the scrolling, the interface of the regular Windows version feels quite nice on a windows tablet. (Ok, you do ask the user to type in a name for the character at the beginning, which is not very tablet friendly, but that is not really that big of a deal on the surface for a single occurance such as that)

    23. ET3D on

      Bought and installed on my Nexus 7. Ran it and realised it's a good idea that I find my reading glasses. Enjoying it quite a bit so far (except for the slight trouble reading the text).

    24. Brian Aldana on

      Tablets only? I can't grab this on my Iphone 5, eh?

    25. Enrique Matta on

      HBS: I agree with S.D. A single blurb about Linux, even "we're still coding", is sufficient enough for most of us.

    26. joedpa82 on

      Can your backer get at least 50% off in Apple store or even a free one as a gift?

      If so, thankyouverymuchiloveyouguysmuahmuahmuah.

    27. Danny Marin on

      Fingers crossed for a backer code fix.

    28. Eric Latham on

      A little sad that I would have to pay again for a tablet version. I mean, I understand it was clear from the beginning and all, but having paid $125 already, it seems weird.

      I enjoy the game, though!

    29. S.D. on

      HBS: Thanks for the Linux update just now! Saying "still plugging away" is, believe it or not, really good news. It means you haven't forgotten about us amidst the "release storm" on mobile devices. This means more than you know; I concur with the below commentors that even seeing a single sentence about Linux in the update would have been heartening. That said, I'm happy that you've commented.

    30. Harebrained Schemes LLC 4-time creator on

      Hi, All -

      There were a number of Samsung devices that were disabled accidentally in the Note and Tab families. They've been turned on. Tabs are now compatible again and the Note family should be up imminently.

      We know about the backer code issue and are working to fix that.

      On Linux - We're still plugging away so there wasn't any new "news" to share.

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      Andres Silva on

      Got the app, thanks for getting it out there quickly. Can't seem to apply SRR code as the last 3 characters get chopped from the input on my iPad.

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      SteveW on

      +1 to the requests for an update on the Linux build (which was actually part of the Kickstarter campaign, unlike the mobile versions)

    33. Joshua R on

      Hooray! I am also a little concerned about the save system not being very friendly with tablet play, but I'm still super excited to be able to take SR;R wherever I go. Another $10 isn't even something to think twice about, all things considered. Thanks, HBS - keep up the good work!

    34. Aaron Burke on

      Re: "buying again" for Backers -- Harebrained could have done an IAP (in-app purchase) model with redeemable codes, making the base app free (like a demo -- maybe only allow the first scene or two of the campaign in a "free" mode).

      That said, $10 isn't much for an app of this ambition. It's pretty much the exact same game people have already paid $60 for.

    35. RC on

      Hoi Chummers!

      For those with Samsung Tab's and Note 10.1's - Shadowrun Returns is now updated in Google Play for our devices! ^_^

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      Auxilius on

      Thanks for the comment, Jason. Now to play the waiting game.

    37. Justin Greywolf on

      I am weighing in on hoping for a Windows Store version soon. I got rid of my iPad and both Android tablets I used to have in favor of Surface (1 year later - no regrets!!). Heck - I would be willing to help however needed for something like that. Personally I would pay more than $10 too - mainly because I played the game on the PC for a couple of days - but I am on my Surface much more often...

      Either way - congrats for the tablet release - nice to see something other than rehashed casual games coming out in that market ;)


    38. Thane Armbruster on

      What about a Windows Store version? I have a tablet convertible PC (Lenovo x220T) and I'd really like a touch version for PC.

    39. Sielle

      I wish I could trade one of my PC keys from the Deluxe Edition for an Android copy. Oh well.

      Axel T. I just got my Deluxe Edition physical goodies this week in the US, so they just started shipping out.

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      Andrew Bassett on

      Any chance of a DRM-free Android version?

    41. Wushu on

      Sucks for 60 bucks pledge from the very start, don't even get a discount on mobile version...

      *sad panda face*

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      Jan on

      WTF? I really waited for this and now it's not compatible with my Padfone? Isn't that a tablet?

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      Auxilius on

      That's great news. But I Wonder if a game where you have to dedicate at least 30 minutes each time you run it can really work on tablets.

      By the way, When are we going, us Europeans, to receive the physical goodies. I backed at 125$ and I've yet to receive them.
      Don't slack on the job, chummers!

    44. zeeparkes (GBG Web Guy) on

      Since you've made an android version, any plans on adapting an Ouya version for adding the first real rpg to the Ouya Ecosystem? I know I'd pay for it again just for this, even though I'm already a backer.

    45. Gert

      Hmm.. I'd sure like to have that Android version instead of the Linux version right about now. Pitty it wasn't an option :/
      Kudos on the tablets though

    46. M Alexander Jurkat

      Count me too as purchaser if app worked on Note 10.1. Seems to be available for my Note phone but I'm not excited by that screen size for this game. In fact, games like this one are exactly the reason I got the Note 10.1.

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      Colin Glover on

      Well Ok, was a bit hasty with the "multi-tasks fine" in Android comment. You can't guarantee it will switch back in without restarting (therefore losing current progress up until the last autosave). It depends what you do while switched out. With my near zero knowledge of Android, I suspect it is a result of memory management. Before a reboot, reloading a chrome browser page could be enough to force SR to restart, but after a reboot it is much more likely to continue after checking mail and reloading a few browser tabs - so it's possible but a bit risky to task-switch in mid campaign and expect to continue exactly where you left off, unlike the Steam version where I regularly alt-tab out and hibernate/sleep the PC without any problems. However, as you would hope/expect, putting the tablet in standby doesn't seem to cause any problems continuing where you left off.

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      Colin Glover on

      @William It's the Shadowrun Returns Special Backer Reward Code (SRR Reward Code) that's displayed in your Harebrained account page, along with steam keys…

    49. William Myers on

      Runs on my Galaxy S4, but the fonts are a bit too small to comfortably read (Hey, I'm old), and some of the buttons take a few attempts to make work. Looks gorgeous, but have to agree, mostly a tablet game. I bought it, but probably won't play it on the android til I get a new android tablet.

      What's this I hear about a reward code? :D

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      Colin Glover on

      Seems to be working fine on Nexus 10 Android 4.3. There is no exit game button, neither does the android back button do anything so have to kill it from the recent apps screen or a task killer. Not exactly a big problem though. It multi-tasks fine. Reward code submission failed, but I thought it was only for custom content anyway? It applied successfully to the steam version and I saw no difference there, so presumably have to wait for suitable content to be made. Don't know if it will automatically appear on the content menu of if we will have to re-input the code? Presumably the backer reward code is not intended to work on the android version as that isn't part of the kickstarter.