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DescriptionTwo thousand years ago, an advanced race known as Sartan split the world into five realms. The mensch races - the humans, dwarves, and elves - were split between four of those worlds named for the four elements, and the race of Patryn was banished to the deadly Labyrinth. After those two thousand years, some of the Patryn have found their way through the Labyrinth's exit. The game's protagonist is a young Patryn named Haplo, and his mission, given to him by his lord Xar, is to sail through the Death Gate into each of the other worlds to find each world's seal piece, so that the Patryn may reconstruct the planet and have revenge on the Sartan.
Death Gate is an adventure game that follows the tradition of interactive fiction with graphics. The entire game is viewed from first-person perspective and has plenty of text interaction through selectable verb commands, text descriptions, and dialogues with multiple choices. There are also many puzzles in the game, most of them inventory-based. A unique gameplay feature is Haplo's ability to cast magic spells, which are essential for solving many of the game's puzzles.
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Part of the Following Groups
|Coming Soon Magazine||DOS||Feb, 1995||91 out of 100||91|
|GameBoomers||DOS||2002||9 out of 10||90|
|Aventura y Cía||DOS||Dec 10, 2004||90|
|Freak||DOS||Apr, 1995||87 out of 100||87|
|Joystick (French)||DOS||Jan, 1995||80 out of 100||80|
|Power Unlimited||DOS||Feb, 1995||7.6 out of 10||76|
|Power Play||DOS||Jan, 1995||74 out of 100||74|
|PC Games (Germany)||DOS||Jan, 1995||67 out of 100||67|
|Play Time||DOS||Jan, 1995||67 out of 100||67|
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ExtrasPackaged with the game was an exclusive short story set in the Death Gate universe, by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
GraphicsThe game includes two sets of artwork: a high resolution 640x480 SVGA version, and a low resolution 320x200 MCGA version. The graphics of the latter are not automatically scaled down from the SVGA version; they were manually redrawn to take advantage of the lower resolution.
InspirationBased on The Death Gate Cycle, a series of novels by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.
Voice actingLead designer Glen Dahlgren provided the voice of Sang-Drax.
Information also contributed by Kamnari and Ye Old Infocomme Shoppe
Related Web Sites
- Death Gate (official website)
DOS Credits (53 people)
Based on the novels by:
Peter J. Calabria Jr., John Carbone, David A. Cherry, Fred Devita, Tanya Isaacson, Cindy Kovalck, Robert WisnewskiCharacter Illustrations: