Shadow Love is not going make any end-of-year lists, it's not going to inspire 50,000 words about issues, and it's not going to stake a claim for Japanese indies. But this platform game, with its incredible shadow-puppet universe (in which every other thing is some sort of weird hand contortion) might just make you forget about this mortal coil for a few minutes. Strawberry Gohan's game is just very charming and very pretty and very free and you will probably giggle delightedly at it. And sometimes that's enough, right?
Play it after Black Ops 2 or Assassin's Creed or some other overripe meat; it works like mouthwash.