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Between the Seas of the Seven Islands and the purple Mountains lies a valley. Time was that this area was safe and hospitable, however darkness then came - killing many of the inhabitants and warping the minds of the others. Many have gone there, none have returned - can you be the first?

Nightshade is an arcade adventure in scrolling isometric 3D (an advance on earlier Ultimate titles such as Knight Lore, which were flick-screen), with directional or rotational controls. You can take 3 hits from the various roaming monsters - turning from white to yellow to green as you take them - but a 4th costs you one of your five lives. Objects can be thrown at these foes, but only if you have any.

The map is made up of medieval-style buildings, which are visible while you are on the outside but whose roofs lift when you enter them, to ensure full visibility. There are four super-villains to destroy (a mad monk, a skeleton, a ghost, and Mr Grimreaper), and you must find the right objects to do this.

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Nightshade MSX An enemy.
Nightshade ZX Spectrum Main menu
Nightshade Amstrad CPC Title screen and main menu
Nightshade ZX Spectrum Got some weapons now

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Nightshade Other
Nightshade Other

Alternate Titles

  • "Night Shade" -- Main menu title

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 37 out of 40 92
Amtix! Amstrad CPC Feb, 1986 91 out of 100 91
Tilt MSX Jul, 1986 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) BBC Micro Apr, 1986 33 out of 40 82
Popular Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Sep 12, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Home Computing Weekly ZX Spectrum Aug 27, 1985 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Gamer MSX Jun, 1986 13 out of 20 65
Your Computer ZX Spectrum Oct, 1985 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 Mar, 1986 54 out of 100 54

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