Shardlight (2016)

About This Game

The world ended on the day the bombs fell. Since then, it’s always been like this: disease, hunger, death. The ruling Aristocrats — a faceless oligarchy that controls all resources — have unchallenged authority. There’s never enough food, water, or vaccine to go around. The rich receive regular doses of vaccinations in exchange for their unconditional government support. The poor live in fear, superstition, and squalor until they die.

Amy Wellard, a young woman reluctantly working for the government to qualify for the vaccine lottery, believes there’s a cure — and she’s going to find it. Even if it costs her her life.


Shardlight is a graphic adventure game, where the player controls a character to explore the environment and interact with people and objects as to solve puzzles.

When in dialogue with another character, a portrait of them appears in the corner of the screen and the player can often decide what the protagonist will say.

The responses and actions from other characters can change based on what the player chooses, and near the end of the game the dialogue options determine which one of the three endings will play.


Shardlight is set in November in a post-apocalyptic city, 20 years after World War III. The world is left devastated and the sky has turned brown. Little shards of uranium glass are spread everywhere and emit a glowing green light; the main source of artificial light in the city.

Furthermore, a deadly disease costs the lives of many: Green Lung. There is no permanent cure for Green Lung, only a temporary vaccine that has to be renewed on a regular basis to be effective and that only the rich can afford. In a lottery, poor people have the chance to win the vaccine.


  • Full voice acting
  • Behind-the-scenes commentary mode
  • Explore a lush, post-apocalyptic world

Game Details

Genre Adventure – Point-and-click – Sci-fi
Works on Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10)
Languages Audio and text: English
Released March 8, 2016
Size 550.1 MB
Company Wadjet Eye Games / Wadjet Eye Games


Minimum system requirements – Windows:

XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10
1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended)
256MB RAM (512 recommended)
3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended)
Storage: 2 GB available space
Mouse, Keyboard


Shardlight (2016)

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