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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 This is how the hallway looks when I entered it...
Shadowgate NES A book?
Shadowgate Amiga ...which leads to death! Game over!
Shadowgate NES Trap door

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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. NES PCGamer77 (3225)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42836)
A step way back NES D Michael (232)
Gateway game NES Christina Nordlander (26)
Early dungeon point and click puzzler, a little "mature" Macintosh Andrew Fisher (707)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus NES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Jul, 1988 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Joystick (French) NES Dec, 1991 87 out of 100 87 NES May, 2013 B+ 83 NES Jul 23, 2018 8 out of 10 80
RPGFan NES Jul 17, 2000 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Atari ST Mar, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Mean Machines NES 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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