The game was first created under the name "Shadow Run 2" but was later completely recoded and then rebranded to "Shadow Run". The game is notable for being one of the first games to support Localization tools and many languages.
Players criticize the game for being difficult and hard to complete, especially when in the 150-199 stage areas, as the stages were designed to be quite hard. Upon completing the level, players can play in a bonus level that has received more criticism for being one of the game's hardest levels. However, players who complete this level will be given a perk in the upcoming sequel, Shadow Run 2.