Shadowgate (NES)

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Using the same graphical interface as Deja Vu, Shadowgate is an adventure game set in a fantasy world. Players take the part of an adventurer sent to the ancient keep of Shadowgate on a quest to find a mystic artifact known as the Staff of Ages and stop the evil Warlock Lord from summoning a horrific demon known as the Behemoth. However, Shadowgate has become infested with the Warlock Lord's demonic minions, not to mention the castle's still functional booby-traps.

Unlike Deja Vu, death comes at the protagonist suddenly, unexpectedly and, most of all, often. Such simple acts as pulling the wrong switch or opening the wrong door can cause the hero to be skewered by a booby-trap or disemboweled by a monster. If the player character's torch burns out (this happens quite regularly) and the player forgets to light a new one, the protagonist will trip in the dark and break his neck.


Shadowgate NES What odd behavior for such a brave warrior!
Shadowgate NES Beautiful waterfall
Shadowgate NES Eerie...
Shadowgate NES Mirror room

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Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. PCGamer77 (3011) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
A step way back D Michael (221) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
Gateway game Christina Nordlander (26) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendojo 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
1UP! Jun 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Raze Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82 May 18, 2010 16 out of 20 80
RPGFan Jul 17, 2000 75 out of 100 75
The Video Game Critic Oct 28, 2014 C- 42
Retroguiden Sep 24, 2008 1 out of 10 10


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Inform port

Programmer David Griffith re-implemented an entirely text-only port of this game in Inform, available (with source!) at his website, reviewed in SPAG #36.

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PCGamer77 (3011) added Shadowgate (NES) on Sep 27, 2002
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