Shadowgate

Critic Score User Score
Apple IIgs
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3.9
DOS
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3.7
Windows 3.x
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3.3
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Shadowgate NES Mirror room
Shadowgate NES Adventure is over
Shadowgate Windows 3.x Long corridor
Shadowgate Windows 3.x Thou Art Dead!

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User Reviews

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3006)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga *Katakis* (37938)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus NES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Raze NES Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Jeuxvideo.com NES May 18, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Happy Computer Atari ST Apr, 1988 76 out of 100 76
PC Joker Windows 3.x Nov, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48

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Trivia

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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