Shadowgate

Critic Score User Score
Amiga
...
3.6
NES
70
3.5
DOS
...
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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 Atari ST Top center kindly lets you know that there's more text to be read.
Shadowgate Windows 3.x Thou Art Dead!
Shadowgate Atari ST Starting location
Shadowgate Atari ST Inventory management

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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* (37876)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Macintosh Feb, 1988 898 out of 1000 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Tilt Apple IIgs Nov, 1989 16 out of 20 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Windows 3.x Dec, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48
The Video Game Critic NES Oct 28, 2014 C- 42
Retroguiden NES Sep 24, 2008 1 out of 10 10

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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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