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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 Mirror room
Shadowgate Atari ST A sinister magical message
Shadowgate NES Useful items
Shadowgate Windows 3.x Oh oh!  Shouldn't have done that!

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Alternate Titles

  • "Shadowkeep" -- Working title
  • "Behemoth" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Kill me once, then kill me twice, then kill me once again. NES PCGamer77 (3234)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39490)
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 (583)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Dragon Macintosh Dec, 1987 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
All Game Guide NES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendojo NES 1999 8.9 out of 10 89 NES May, 2013 B+ 83
Raze NES Oct, 1991 82 out of 100 82
Tilt Apple IIgs Nov, 1989 16 out of 20 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48
Mean Machines NES Aug, 1991 26 out of 100 26
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Macintosh Nov, 1987 Unscored Unscored


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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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