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Shadowgate

MobyRank MobyScore
NES
70
3.5
Apple IIgs
...
3.9
DOS
...
3.7
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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 Beware the light daemon!
Shadowgate NES Two bridges. Which one to take?
Shadowgate Amiga Exploring a stone passage
Shadowgate NES Eww, what a place...

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User Reviews

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3020)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga *Katakis* (37860)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

The Press Says

Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Interface NES 1991 91 out of 100 91
Atari ST User Atari ST Oct, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
1UP! NES Jun 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 77 out of 100 77
Happy Computer Atari ST Apr, 1988 76 out of 100 76
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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