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  • Summary: Nearly 30 years after the original version premiered on the Macintosh, Shadowgate returns, fully re-imagined and updated for today’s gaming landscape. With 4K-capable resolutions, Shadowgate not only features a stunning level of hand-painted detail but also tons of new mind-bending puzzlesNearly 30 years after the original version premiered on the Macintosh, Shadowgate returns, fully re-imagined and updated for today’s gaming landscape. With 4K-capable resolutions, Shadowgate not only features a stunning level of hand-painted detail but also tons of new mind-bending puzzles and more objects to interact with to help you on your quest. There are also plenty of throwbacks to the original version, so veterans and newcomers alike will all relish their journey through Shadowgate… if they survive. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Aug 21, 2014
    85
    It still is a great game, and even though it's hard and challenging, it does feel as a rewarding experience. If you like the genre and you are patient enough, go for it.
  2. Oct 13, 2014
    80
    Zojoi’s Shadowgate remake is everything you loved – and maybe everything you hated – about old-school adventuring. It offers a captivating journey into a fantasy dungeon, but it’s inhabited by puzzles so artificially challenging that this quest is one not everyone will want to undertake.
  3. Sep 19, 2014
    76
    If you can learn the system down to your bones, then this will be a fulfilling adventure.
  4. Sep 1, 2014
    70
    Overall Shadowgate is another solid offering for puzzle-solving and adventuring enthusiasts, one that comes with a pedigree and a healthy dose of retro charm.
  5. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    An old-school RPG experience with some faults but also a great appeal.
  6. Aug 22, 2014
    64
    An abusive classic, but still. If you remember it fondly, it’s both a return trip and a good chunk more of the same, beautifully drawn and well made, despite a clumsy UI and a few annoyances.
  7. Jan 25, 2015
    45
    This updated version of Shadowgate is astonishingly close to the original game, but it is not a merit. The developers were high on nostalgia, and they ended up reanimating a decomposed corpse.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    Not sure what the critics problems are with this game. What did they expect? It's a recreation of a 30 year old point and click adventureNot sure what the critics problems are with this game. What did they expect? It's a recreation of a 30 year old point and click adventure game and Zojoi did a great job! This is a game for people that like to be challenged and use their brains to solve puzzles. Why do remakes of old games have to be innovative? Should they have turned it into a hack and slash game? A first person adventure/action game ala skyrim? I don't understand people's thinking. If you don't know what Shadowgate is go back to your call of doody!

    This game is exactly what it is supposed to be if you liked or loved Shadowgate on the NES you will love this one.
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  2. Oct 11, 2014
    10
    Another masterpiece and it gives me pure joy to see it here finally, the style, puzzles and music work really well.
    I hope we can get new
    Another masterpiece and it gives me pure joy to see it here finally, the style, puzzles and music work really well.
    I hope we can get new versions of Deja vu and Uninvited as well, keep up the good work Zojoi
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  3. Aug 22, 2014
    10
    As we venture into the new age of gaming, some aspects are lost to us. It might take a long time for the mainstream to pick them back upAs we venture into the new age of gaming, some aspects are lost to us. It might take a long time for the mainstream to pick them back up again. Thankfully there are ways to keep the old flame burning. Shadowgate is one of these old flames. Not many games can match the atmosphere and ambiance of this gem. Puzzles that vex the mind or art and illustrations that bring you wonder. Many choices you can make against the harshness of the very game itself. This game will be a challenge to you and if you play long enough you will find yourself hooked. The achievements are a breath of fresh air as well, bringing re playability to it's very maximum. Expand
  4. Dec 31, 2014
    8
    I picked up this game and have played normal and apprentice levels through and plan to play journeyman and master as well. I was reallyI picked up this game and have played normal and apprentice levels through and plan to play journeyman and master as well. I was really looking for something that had the feel of phantasmagoria and Gabriel Knight series in terms of gameplay, and this hit the nail on the head.

    Pros:
    Puzzles generally are logical
    Interesting story sequences
    Large variety of difficulty levels with the option to disallow saving
    Option to use legacy controls or use an updated option selection wheel
    Pretty artwork
    Option to highlight clickable items

    Cons:
    Dated graphics (I assume this was meant to give it a throwback feel)
    Can be annoying to run back and forth through the rooms
    Sometimes puzzle clues are in video sequences that cannot be replayed (Pay Attention!)

    Generally a great game if you want an old school point and click with updated features.
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  5. Aug 21, 2014
    8
    Shadowgate had remakes over the years, and each had its own quirks and qualities. This remake is no exception. When I first saw this versionShadowgate had remakes over the years, and each had its own quirks and qualities. This remake is no exception. When I first saw this version on Greenlight, I could not hit the "yes" button enough. The screenshots and teaser videos was more than enough for me to get very excited. When release day finally came, I was not disappointed. Lots of familiar moments with lots of changes. The art is beautiful, the music repetitious but very nice. Strangely enough, the classic NES soundtrack is available as an option as well (I personally loved it). For an old man like me, this game is heaven-sent and sends me back to my childhood. Question is, will this game hold up to a very fickle, modern gaming audience? I want to say "yes", but chances are, it will probably fly under the radar. It's a point and click puzzle solver, yet it is not anything like Myst. This is something to experience if one has not already. I would personally recommend it, but I have to remember that's my own strong bias talking, and I have to remember this game will not be for everybody. Therefore, if you want an FPS dungeon crawler with fluid action, this game is not for you. If you do not like puzzle games such as Myst, this game is not for you. Otherwise, give this game a go. It's a nice experience. Really. === tl;dr === Pros: Stunning artwork, easy to use interface, lots of help, good music, responsive controls. Lots of puzzles to solve! Cons: Point and click adventure. May be too short for the experienced puzzle solver. Some may be turned off by the fanboys. Expand
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    6
    Decent remake of an excellent game back in it's time. Too bad the puzzles are sometimes way too hard. Don't spend your money on this one, butDecent remake of an excellent game back in it's time. Too bad the puzzles are sometimes way too hard. Don't spend your money on this one, but if you played the original one, just watch some walkthrough or let's plays on youtube... Expand