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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 NES What odd behavior for such a brave warrior!
Shadowgate NES Symmetrical hallway
Shadowgate NES Trap door
Shadowgate NES A book?

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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

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. PCGamer77 (3225) 2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars2.6 Stars
A step way back D Michael (232) 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars
Gateway game Christina Nordlander (26) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Interface 1991 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendojo 1999 8.9 out of 10 89
Joystick (French) Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Raze Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82 May 18, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Retro Archives Feb 20, 2021 14.5 out of 20 72
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
The Video Game Critic Oct 28, 2014 C- 42
Mean Machines Aug, 1991 26 out of 100 26


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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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PCGamer77 (3225) added Shadowgate (NES) on Sep 27, 2002
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