In 1989 Kemco released Shadowgate for the NES, which provided a new experience in a sea of platformers, a point-and-click adventure. The game offered a 1st person perspective in a fantasy setting, where the gamer must complete a series of puzzles at Castle Shadowgate in an attempt to defeat the evil warlock lord.
With many ways to die, some players considered the game rather difficult. It required trial-and-error, but also exploration, note taking, and memorization in order to reach the end. Further adding to the challenge was a time limitation factor presented by burning torches. A torch must always be lit, and once darkness arrived the player would die. With a limited number of torches throughout the game players did not have an unlimited amount of time to solve the puzzles.
The point-and-click gameplay was enhanced by a well written story and text that described every step of the adventure. Despite the censorship policy of Nintendo, the game’s text described death sequences with graphic detail, complete with dark humorous comments.
Having been released on more than 10 systems, there are many different ways to experience Shadowgate. What varied between versions were the graphics and the hint feature. Each version is a treat to play but it was the NES version which I get nostalgic for. If you like a fun point-and-click experience set in a fantasy world give the game a play, after all, we recommend it!
Genre: Point-and-Click Adventure
Type: Retail Release
Release Date: 1989
Published by: Kemco
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