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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 A sinister magical message
Shadowgate NES This is how the hallway looks when I entered it...
Shadowgate NES ...and this is how it looks after I've fiddled with the coffins!
Shadowgate Windows 3.x Another Corridor

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User Reviews

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3013)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga *Katakis* (37871)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Interface NES 1991 91 out of 100 91
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
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Tilt Apple IIgs Nov, 1989 16 out of 20 80
ST Format Atari ST May, 1991 80 out of 100 80
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 77 out of 100 77
PC Joker Windows 3.x Nov, 1993 71 out of 100 71
The Video Game Critic NES Oct 28, 2014 C- 42
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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