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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 Talking to an elven prisoner. Guess political correctness is unknown in his country
Death Gate DOS This is your ship. You can navigate between the worlds (if you have the right rune), or fly around within the limits of the same world
Death Gate DOS You are now a dog! You see everything in monochrome. And you aren't much of a conversationalist, either
Death Gate DOS Outside the secret cave

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User Reviews

Interactive fiction at its peak DOS Unicorn Lynx (181473)
Very clever and immensely enjoyable, a must try! DOS Tal Cohen (33)
A wonderful literature-inspired game that translated well. DOS jlebel (2207)
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 (324)
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
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Dec 22, 2001 6 out of 6 100
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Feb, 1995 91 out of 100 91
GameBoomers DOS 2002 9 out of 10 90
Aventura y Cía DOS Dec 10, 2004 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
Joystick (French) DOS Jan, 1995 80 out of 100 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


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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.

Information also contributed by Kamnari and Ye Old Infocomme Shoppe

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