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Two thousand years ago, an advanced race known as Sartan split the world into five realms. The mensch races - the humans, dwarves, and elves - were split between four of those worlds named for the four elements, and the race of Patryn was banished to the deadly Labyrinth. After those two thousand years, some of the Patryn have found their way through the Labyrinth's exit. The game's protagonist is a young Patryn named Haplo, and his mission, given to him by his lord Xar, is to sail through the Death Gate into each of the other worlds to find each world's seal piece, so that the Patryn may reconstruct the planet and have revenge on the Sartan.

Death Gate is an adventure game that follows the tradition of interactive fiction with graphics. The entire game is viewed from first-person perspective and has plenty of text interaction through selectable verb commands, text descriptions, and dialogues with multiple choices. There are also many puzzles in the game, most of them inventory-based. A unique gameplay feature is Haplo's ability to cast magic spells, which are essential for solving many of the game's puzzles.


Death Gate DOS There are quite some books in Death Gate. Happy reading!
Death Gate DOS The intro continues with some supportive text
Death Gate DOS The good old Sartan wizard, Zifnab. Comic relief at its best
Death Gate DOS ...and cosmic cataclysms

Promo Images

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User Reviews

Interactive fiction at its peak DOS Unicorn Lynx (181441)
Very clever and immensely enjoyable, a must try! DOS Tal Cohen (33)
A wonderful literature-inspired game that translated well. DOS jlebel (2206)
A surpisingly exceptional spin-off of the Death Gate Cycle books DOS Gutter Snipe (26)
An excellent adventure game DOS El-ad Amir (124)
One of the best games ever DOS Mr Creosote (353)
Were this game a spiky club, I'd take up masochism DOS Alex Man (32)

Critic Reviews

Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Aug 11, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Feb, 1995 91 out of 100 91
Freak DOS Apr, 1995 87 out of 100 87
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1995 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Privat Computer PC DOS 1995 4 out of 5 80
Secret Service / New S Service DOS May, 1995 240 out of 300 80
Power Unlimited DOS Feb, 1995 7.6 out of 10 76
Play Time DOS Jan, 1995 67 out of 100 67
High Score DOS Mar, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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Packaged with the game was an exclusive short story set in the Death Gate universe, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.


The game includes two sets of artwork: a high resolution 640x480 SVGA version, and a low resolution 320x200 MCGA version. The graphics of the latter are not automatically scaled down from the SVGA version; they were manually redrawn to take advantage of the lower resolution.


Based on The Death Gate Cycle, a series of novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.

Voice acting

Lead designer Glen Dahlgren provided the voice of Sang-Drax.

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