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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 Amiga Title screen
Shadowgate Amiga Found a trap door in the pedestal room...
Shadowgate Amiga Exploring a stone passage
Shadowgate Amiga ...which leads to death! Game over!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Shadowkeep" -- Working title
  • "Behemoth" -- Working title
  • "シャドウゲイト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Katakis | カタキス (41895) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Mar, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
The Games Machine (UK) Mar, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Computing Sep, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Amiga User International Apr, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Apr 24, 2003 2 out of 6 33


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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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POMAH (62465) added Shadowgate (Amiga) on Feb 14, 2003
Other platforms contributed by POMAH (62465), GTramp (68082), PCGamer77 (3233), Alan Chan (3618), Eli Tomlinson (2509), Pseudo_Intellectual (63270) and Belboz (6580)