Death Gate (DOS)

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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.


Death Gate DOS Talking to a female dwarf. Nice portrait
Death Gate DOS In Telestia
Death Gate DOS Not nice, not nice. Humans are imprisoned by the elves. Ever heard of racial tolerance?
Death Gate DOS The Nexus - the game's starting location

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User Reviews

Interactive fiction at its peak Cor 13 (174202) 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 (110) 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
GameBoomers 2002 9 out of 10 90
Freak Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
RPGFan Sep 17, 2000 82 out of 100 82
Privat Computer PC 1995 4 out of 5 80
Power Unlimited Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Power Play Jan, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Just Adventure Dec, 1994 C 50


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


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.


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.

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