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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 Macintosh Dragon
Shadowgate NES Well, first "puzzle" solved...
Shadowgate Atari ST Early GUI!
Shadowgate NES Nice scenery...

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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 (3235)
A very good adventure game that takes advantage of the Amiga's capabilities Amiga Katakis | カタキス (41573)
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 (699)
Fan-freaking-tastic DOS Ryan MacGregor (1)

Critic Reviews

Techtite Macintosh 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Consoles Plus NES Sep, 1991 94 out of 100 94
Interface NES 1991 91 out of 100 91
1UP! NES Jun 08, 2002 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1988 10.5 out of 12 88
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Mar, 1988 87 out of 100 87
Geeks Under Grace NES May 17, 2014 8.5 out of 10 85 NES Jul 23, 2018 8 out of 10 80
PC Joker Windows 3.x Nov, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Video Games NES Jun, 1992 48 out of 100 48


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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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