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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 Atari ST Top center kindly lets you know that there's more text to be read.
Shadowgate NES Adventure is over
Shadowgate Atari ST In the dark!  I hope a grue doesn't eat me.

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Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3028)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

The Press Says

Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Macintosh Feb, 1988 898 out of 1000 90
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
1UP! NES Jun 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 87 out of 100 87
ST Format Atari ST May, 1991 80 out of 100 80 NES May 18, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Happy Computer Atari ST Apr, 1988 76 out of 100 76
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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