By Crystal Colwell / October 26th, 2012
Remember sitting at your computer or TV, oh, 25 years or so ago? Sitting down and playing great games such as Shadowgate? Soon you will be able to re-live those days as Shadowgate is getting a remake!
Dave Marsh, the creator of Shadowgate, announced on the game’s Facebook page that he has recently regained rights to this and several other games from that era. What we are hearing now is that they will be remaking and releasing games like Shadowgate and Sherlock Holmes. Plans as of now are to release the games in sets of three.
The game, which originally came out for the Apple Macintosh and was then ported to other devices including the NES, is getting a second chance at life. Players that enjoyed this game back in the day will get a chance to see the game with a new and fresh coat of paint with new challenges, while those who missed out back then will finally get to see what all the fuss is about. For those not in the know (or who maybe were not alive back then) the game is a point and click adventure. Soon you will be able to play on your pc, mac or mobile device.
Shadowgate requires you to solve puzzles and rewards you with many different death options when you fail. The game begins at the castle’s gate and gives you a clear mission – stop the warlock lord from darkening the world. Unfortunately for you, the path to the warlock is littered with traps around every corner and your grizzly death is almost expected.
Shadowgate will feature:
Over 60 rooms of first-person, fantasy adventuring
Many new puzzles from the original creators
Intuitive command-based UI
Beautifully painted, hi-resolution artwork
Compelling game play and storytelling
Windows, Mac, iOS and Android device support
Two soundtrack modes (Cinematic and original NES) and environmental soundscapes
Atmospheric and object-specific animations
In-game hint system
Looking for more information? I know some of us can become obsessive (in a very good way) and want to know more about a game’s past and lore. A book penned by F.X. Nine was released in 1991 which was part of the Worlds of Power series of video game novelizations of 3rd party NES games. Dave Marsh and Karl Roelofs contributed valuable information about Shadowgate.
Dave Marsh commented on Facebook saying “I will put out the original Shadowgate again as well as the other Macventures (Dejavu and Uninvited) on mobile devices. Since I have designs for Beyond Shadowgate, Shadowgate II and Shadowgate Rising, those will see the light of day too (probably The Awakening as well – a London werewolf game) “ Looks to be an exciting time for him and his team, and for fans of retro games and point and click adventures.
Here are some screen shots of the game, which show off some of the hard work being put into this remake. It is exciting to see the upgrades that are being made available to us.
This site makes me want to wander into the mist.
The grim reaper, which was said to be a fan favorite, is looking good. He’ll be there to greet you as you perish time and again.
The incredible entrance view to Shadowgate.
Excited? Good! Want to help out? Well you can. A kickstarter campaign started three hours ago. Dave and fellow associates are asking for your contributions to make this game a reality.
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