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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 Atari ST The kind of venture varies depending on the platform it's running on.
Shadowgate Atari ST Beware the light daemon!
Shadowgate NES Starting the game
Shadowgate Atari ST In-game pull-down menus

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Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3027)
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Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
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The Press Says

Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Interface NES 1991 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Macintosh Feb, 1988 898 out of 1000 90
Nintendojo NES 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
1UP! NES Jun 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines NES Aug, 1991 26 out of 100 26


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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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