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Frederik Pohl's Gateway (DOS)

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Gateway is a text adventure with graphics in which the player explores strange new worlds and locations in the proverbial boots of a prospector, an explorer sent to places in hopes of finding previously unseen artifacts and installations of an alien race, the Heechee, which seemingly vanished from the Galaxy without a trace.


Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Hmm...?
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Briefing with Gateway's Senior Executive Leonard Worden
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS There are several VR programs you can break by finding a bug.
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Title screen

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User Reviews

A magnificent space odyssey with unknown destination micnictic (385) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
One of Legend's best adventures Shane Cornall (7) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Definitely one of the best; but can you find a copy? jossiejojo (41) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Ahh! The good 'ol days! Stargazer (99) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
An absorbing, compelling science fiction adventure! RmM (64) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars

The Press Says

Pelit Apr, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Abandonia Reloaded Dec 18, 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
SPAG Sep 16, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1992 10 out of 12 83
PC Joker Aug, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Jul, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming Nov 01, 1998 4 out of 5 80


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RIP Frederik Pohl 3 vileyn0id_8088 (9573)
Sep 03, 2013



Much of the art in this game (and on the cover) are by Chris Moore. He's got an art book called JourneyMan: The Art of Chris Moore out that includes a few of the illustrations used in the game.


The game is (surprise) based on the Heechee trilogy series of books written by Frederik Pohl, first of which is accordingly titled Gateway.

Freeware release

For a time, the game was available as freeware from Legend's website.


The Heechee numbers used in the game are the same that are used by the Predator in the movie by the same name.


  • Games Magazine
    • 1992 - included in the "Top 100 Games of the Year" ranking
Information also contributed by Indra was here, KnockStump and Timo Takalo

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RmM (64) added Frederik Pohl's Gateway (DOS) on Oct 22, 1999
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