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When humans finally managed to colonize the planet Venus, they discovered a gigantic system of artificial underground tunnels there. It is assumed that a highly advanced alien race known as Heechee has constructed those tunnels thousands of years ago. Eventually, an abandoned, yet fully functional Heechee spaceship is discovered. One of the explorers boards it, which leads humanity towards the discovery of a space station with many similar ships - all with coordinates of unknown planets already punched in. This station becomes known as the Gateway, being humanity's only connecting point to the rest of the universe.

Since traveling to the potentially dangerous destinations involves a great deal of risk, only some particularly courageous (or perhaps reckless) adventurers, called "prospectors", volunteered to go on these journeys. The protagonist of the game is one of those prospectors, having won the membership alongside a small sum of money and a one-way ticket to the Gateway. Eventually, he discovers an ancient device that contain a warning against a mysterious alien species known as Assassins - and the prospector is entrusted with the task of protecting the humans from that threat.

Gateway is a text adventure with graphics, based on the Heechee universe books by Frederik Pohl. It is identical in interface and general concept to Legend's other text-driven adventures (such as the Spellcasting series): the player may opt for text-only input as well as selecting verbs from a list. Clicking on objects or characters within the graphical representation of the location provides a text description. Puzzles are mostly inventory-based, though there are logic-related tasks as well. The player character explores various planets during the course of the journey. In a few cases, it is possible to die in the game.


Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Meeting Thom in the Blue Hell Bar
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS Kaduna 3 is the most dangerous place in the game! Who knows what awaits you in this swamp?..
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS You found a strange alien device. You begin to sing!..
Frederik Pohl's Gateway DOS One of the few full-screen, beautifully done cutscenes in the game

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Frederik Pohl's Gateway Magazine Advertisement

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User Reviews

A magnificent space odyssey with unknown destination DOS micnictic (391)
One of Legend's best adventures DOS Shane Cornall (7)
Definitely one of the best; but can you find a copy? DOS jossiejojo (41)
Ahh! The good 'ol days! DOS Stargazer (105)
An absorbing, compelling science fiction adventure! DOS RmM (73)

Critic Reviews

Pelit DOS Apr, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Abandonia Reloaded DOS Dec 18, 2005 4.5 out of 5 90
SPAG DOS Sep 16, 1997 8.6 out of 10 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Jul, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Power Play DOS Jul, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1993 82 out of 100 82
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Adventure Classic Gaming DOS Nov 01, 1998 4 out of 5 80
Play Time DOS Sep, 1992 72 out of 100 72
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) DOS Aug 28, 2004 4 out of 6 67


Topic # Posts Last Post
RIP Frederik Pohl 3 vileyn0id_8088 (21185)
Sep 03, 2013



Much of the art in this game (and on the cover) are by Chris Moore. He's got an art book called JourneyMan: The Art of Chris Moore out that includes a few of the illustrations used in the game.


The game is (surprise) based on the Heechee trilogy series of books written by Frederik Pohl, first of which is accordingly titled Gateway.

Freeware release

For a time, the game was available as freeware from Legend's website.


The Heechee numbers used in the game are the same that are used by the Predator in the movie by the same name.


  • Games Magazine
    • 1992 - included in the "Top 100 Games of the Year" ranking
Information also contributed by Indra was here, KnockStump and Timo Takalo

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