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Shadowgate

MobyRank MobyScore
Atari ST
80
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Nintendo 3DS
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Macintosh
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4.2

User Reviews

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3026)
A step way back NES D Michael (221)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
Amiga 5 3.8
Apple IIgs 4 3.9
Atari ST 5 4.0
DOS 9 3.7
Macintosh 6 4.2
NES 31 3.6
Nintendo 3DS Awaiting 1 votes...
Windows 3.x 7 3.3
Combined MobyScore 67 3.7


The Press Says

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100
MacintoshTechtite
This game was so popular --and so cool-- it was ported to every game system under the sun, even to this very day. There's a version of the game for the Gameboy, and even Windows CE! However, it's the original 1987 Macintosh version that was the most fun, and, like many of Techtite's choices for Top 50 Multimedia Classics, it was years ahead of its time.
94
NESConsoles Plus
Shadowgate est un excellent jeu d'aventure. La gestion au joystick s'avère très agréable et l'on n'est pas obligé de passer par une série de menus comme pour certains jeux japonais. Les graphismes sont agréables et les animations renforcent l'ambiance. La musique d'accompagnement est variée et bien choisie, mais les bruitages d'action sont, en revanche, bien succincts. Le scénario tient tout à fait la route et il faudra toute votre sagacité pour en venir à bout. Amateurs d'aventure, achetez-le sans hésiter...
91
NESInterface
Extra kul blir det första gången du spelar. Det är då du kan fnissa åt vissa missar i den svenska översättningen; SLÅ blir SLÄ osv. Men inte skall man hacka på sådana småsaker när det äntligen dyker upp ett spel på vårt modersmål, utan istället hoppas att det kommer fler bra spel på svenska framöver. Spelet har backup, så att du har möjlighet att spara upp till tre spelomgångar samtidigt. Mycket praktiskt, eftersom det är lätt att få på nöten (läs: dö) i mötena med borgens invånare. Köp!
90
Atari STComputer and Video Games (CVG)
Shadowgate comes on two disks. It will, of course, run on one drive systems, but if you have two, put one disk in each and it will save swapping. Great entertainment, with surprises and puzzles all along the way.
90
Atari STAtari ST User
One final tip: Examine everything you possibly can, even down to the slightest irregular smudge on a wall or smidgeon of goo on the floor - you never know what it might reveal. Shadowgate is a stimulating adventure, far from easy but never less than challenging. The user interface will seem strange to those who've never played Déjà Vu, but you'll quickly grow familiar with it and find it very comfortable to use. Highly enjoyable and a must for every adventurers collection.
90
NESAll Game Guide
Lack of replay value aside, I honestly believe this to be one of the greatest titles ever released on the NES. It's definitely worth a try. Just don't say I didn't warn you if, for a few days, everything else in your life is secondary to your trip through that spooky castle.
90
MacintoshACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)
Your quest in Shadowgate isn't toweringly original - stop the baddy from unleashing the Behemoth on the unsuspecting world by grabbing a few magical artefacts. There is limited magicial interaction in the game (using the SPEAK command) otherwise it's all search, solve, and SAVE as often as possible. But with a game system like this to build on, expect some impressive stuff in future.
89
NES1UP!
Vous avez triomphé de Shadowgate mais vous n'êtes pas heureux pour autant. Cruelle désillusion que cette fin terne et expéditive et plus encore de la brièveté de votre quête. Même en comptant les salles pas plus grandes qu'un placard à balai, vous n'en dénombrez que 44. Quarante-quatre malheureuses salles ! La résistance offerte par les énigmes est bien votre seule consolation, d'autant qu'après le pont gardé par le troll qui marque clairement la fin de la première partie du jeu, leur qualité et leur difficulté deviennent plus inégales. Vous vous dites avec raison que si vous deviez vous relancer dans l'aventure, tout l'intérêt en serait mort tant que vous en gardez le souvenir. Bien que satisfait de Shadowgate, c'est la tête un peu basse que vous ouvrez la porte de fer pour regagner votre monde.
89
NESNintendojo
Shadowgate is an extremely addictive title. If you’re stuck, you want to just search every nook and cranny until you can enter a new room or gain a new item. It can be frustrating at times, but difficulty is a good trait in an adventure title. Thankfully, it isn’t uber difficult and a veteran player can whiz through it in a matter of hours. The title was so successful, Kemco released a sequel on the Nintendo 64 entitled Shadowgate 64: The Trials of the Four Towers a good 10 years after the initial release and even a redux on the Game Boy Color as Shadowgate Classic.
88
AmigaASM (Aktueller Software Markt)
Den Programmierern ist es gelungen, überraschende Momente mit wohl dosierten, aber gezielten Soundeffekten zu einem Horrortrip zu kombinieren, der dem User so manchen Schreck durch die Glieder fahren läßt. Ich bin sicher: Wenn Alfred Hitchcock sich für Adventures begeistert hätte, dann hätte er an SHADOWGATE seine wahre Freude gehabt!
87
NESJoystick (French)
Vous le voyez, Shadowgate est un jeu qui suscitera chez l'aventurier qui sommeille en vous un enthousiasme débordant et des migraines en grand nombre.
87
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK)
Shadowgate is enthralling, exciting, interesting and extremely frustrating. In one location, with several closed coffins, the atmosphere is so strong that opening each coffin becomes literally a test of nerves - you know that death may lurk inside any of the caskets. An adventure which can evoke that kind of emotion within the player has to be a winner, regardless of how many instant deaths one meets.
82
NESRaze
If you're the sort of person who only has the tolerance for inane beat-'em-ups and vacant shoot-'em-ups then pass on this one. Shadowgate is for anyone who liked Dungeon Master. This is a thinker's game that doesn't cloud its strategy with stupid "action" stages. At 40 quid Shadowgate isn't cheap, but for months of taxing gameplay it is well worth it.
80
Atari STST Format
Shadowgate was one of the earliest graphic adventures. Instead of typing "examine X", you simply click on an object on the screen for a description. If you fancy picking it up, just drag it across to the inventory screen. Anything useful is highlighted in blue when selected, so no more "That's just scenery" or "You can't see that" messages. A great game too.
80
Apple IIgsTilt
Toutes les versions, en dehors de celle du Mac, offrent des bruitages digitalisés de qualité et des animations rares et courtes mais réalistes qui achèvent de vous plonger dans une ambiance mystérieuse et tragique. Un excellent jeu.
80
NESJeuxvideo.com
Shadowgate est un petit jeu fort sympathique pour tous les amateurs de point'n click en mal d’aventures, et pour les amoureux des livres-jeux des années 80. Les courageux qui sauront faire abstraction d’une jouabilité médiocre faute de souris découvriront en effet une odyssée intéressante et un challenge élevé.
77
Atari STST Action
This is undoubtedly a fun-filled cracker which can't fail to delight both hardened adventurers and those who prefer a heavy slosh of graphics and sound effects to liven up their games. The problems tease rather than baffle, and every time I returned to a puzzle I managed to push my way a little further. If you liked Dungeon Master you'll like this. The graphics and sound effects really bring the game to life and make you want to keep playing.
76
Atari STHappy Computer
Shadowgate ist wie schon seine beiden Vorgänger ein besonderes Abenteuer-Vergnügen. Wer schwierigste Adventures in zwei Nächten löst, wird hier sicher ein wenig unterfordert sein. Gelegenheits-Adventure-Spielern bietet das Programm aber eine echte Herausforderung, passable Grafik, eine Handvoll digitalisierte Sound-Effekte und eine spannende Handlung.
75
NESRPGFan
Shadowgate was Kemco's biggest NES puzzler, mixing a corny plot with challenging puzzles, confusing riddles, creativity-inspiring item collection, and a musical composition that holds it all together. If any NES game worked in this day and age, I would recommend all of you puzzle freaks out there to buy it.
70
Atari STPower Play
Das jetzt fast drei Jahre alte Menü-System von »Deja Vu« hat bei »Shadowgate» ein wenig von seiner Frische verloren. Nach »Dungeon Master« ist man ja ein wenig verwöhnt, was man mit einer Maus so alles anstellen kann. Trotzdem spielt man immer noch gerne in der Gewißheit, niemals die Tastatur zu benötigen. Als Adventure hat Shadowgate keine großen Chancen auf den Komplexitäts-Preis. Geübte Spieler werden in wenigen Tagen alle Puzzles gelöst haben, was nicht zuletzt an den eingeschränkten Kommandos liegt. Trotzdem macht Shadowgate viel Spaß. Wer nach einem nicht zu schweren, einfach zu bedienenden Adventure sucht, Englisch kann und nichts gegen Dämonen auf der Diskette hat, greife zu Shadowgate.
42
NESThe Video Game Critic
Shadowgate may be tough but it doesn't stand a chance against a gamer armed with an FAQ! With Brent at the controls and Chris directing, I watched them complete the game in about an hour and a half. It's amazing how cryptic some of the puzzles are. Open a bucket? Use a torch to light a carpet on fire?! Who would have thought of this stuff?! The funny thing is, they still had a good time rated it a solid C. I'm not so generous, but Shadowgate has a certain Halloween charm that's hard to deny.
26
NESMean Machines
I don't mind RPGs or adventures if they're any good, but Shadowgate is just plain boring and very, very, very frustrating. It takes an age just to move the pointer anywhere! Also the interaction with the game is limited to the commands at the bottom of the screen, which makes some of the solutions to the puzzles rather obscure and a tad bizarre too, like opening a skull to find a key (????). Open doors? Yes I can see that. Opening a skull, I don't think so, somehow. The graphics and sound are pretty dull too - in fact some of the music is hopelessly out of tune! Also, the amount of times the player kicks the bucket in a sudden death situation makes frustration set in almost immediately. Deranged adventure buffs may get some satisfaction out of this product, but after a few minutes of play, and about seventeen different kinds of gross and hideous deaths I didn't want to touch the cart again.
10
NESRetroguiden
Men trots det är Shadowgate ett billigt försök att ge dig ett rollspel som egentligen är ett äventyrsspel som egentligen är ett pusselspel av enklaste snitt närmast besläktat med det som idag kallas ”Hidden object”-genren. Översättningen var det som skrämde bort mig 1991. Spelet som helhet är det som skrämmer mig idag. Snälla, låt oss minnas detta ”Shadowgate-gate” som en varning för kommande generationer om att man faktiskt måste anstränga sig lite. Fast det är klart, när det gäller idiotiska sätt att dö på tänkte man uppenbarligen till lite extra.