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Two thousand years ago, an advanced race known as Sartan split the world into five realms. The mensch races - the humans, dwarves, and elves - were split between four of those worlds named for the four elements, and the race of Patryn was banished to the deadly Labyrinth. After those two thousand years, some of the Patryn have found their way through the Labyrinth's exit. The game's protagonist is a young Patryn named Haplo, and his mission, given to him by his lord Xar, is to sail through the Death Gate into each of the other worlds to find each world's seal piece, so that the Patryn may reconstruct the planet and have revenge on the Sartan.

Death Gate is an adventure game that follows the tradition of interactive fiction with graphics. The entire game is viewed from first-person perspective and has plenty of text interaction through selectable verb commands, text descriptions, and dialogues with multiple choices. There are also many puzzles in the game, most of them inventory-based. A unique gameplay feature is Haplo's ability to cast magic spells, which are essential for solving many of the game's puzzles.

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Death Gate DOS The good old Sartan wizard, Zifnab. Comic relief at its best
Death Gate DOS Spellcasting interface [MCGA]
Death Gate DOS In limbo
Death Gate DOS The Sartan here are all dead. That's a creepy sight. What has happened here?

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User Reviews

Interactive fiction at its peak Oleg Roschin (174057) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
Very clever and immensely enjoyable, a must try! Tal Cohen (35) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
A wonderful literature-inspired game that translated well. jlebel (2127) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
A surpisingly exceptional spin-off of the Death Gate Cycle books Gutter Snipe (23) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An excellent adventure game El-ad Amir (109) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
One of the best games ever Mr Creosote (32) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Were this game a spiky club, I'd take up masochism Alex Man (32) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming Aug 11, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine Feb, 1995 91 out of 100 91
MikroBitti Jan, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Freak Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
RPGFan Sep 17, 2000 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (French) Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Quandary Jan, 1995 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Play Time Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67

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Trivia

Extras

Packaged with the game was an exclusive short story set in the Death Gate universe, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Graphics

The game includes two sets of artwork: a high resolution 640x480 SVGA version, and a low resolution 320x200 MCGA version. The graphics of the latter are not automatically scaled down from the SVGA version; they were manually redrawn to take advantage of the lower resolution.

Inspiration

Based on The Death Gate Cycle, a series of novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Voice acting

Lead designer Glen Dahlgren provided the voice of Sang-Drax.

Information also contributed by Kamnari and Ye Old Infocomme Shoppe

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Eurythmic (2581) added Death Gate (DOS) on Jul 21, 1999