Thrust into the role of "The Seed of Prophecy," players travel deep into the living castle, in hopes of defeating the evil that dwells within – the dreaded Warlock Lord.
User reviews: Very Positive (159 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 21, 2014

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November 22

Get Free Retro Games and Take Advantage of This Daily Deal! 65% OFF!

Current owners and purchasers of Shadowgate or Shadowgate: Special Edition will receive the original 128k Mac and IIgs versions of BOTH Shadowgate and Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True ($10 value)! But you better hurry since this bundle is only for a limited time!

Oh…and if that is not enough…Shadowgate is the featured Daily Deal on Steam! Be sure to pick up Shadowgate at the ridiculously low price of $6.99!

Gamers who thought the new Shadowgate was difficult, should get ready for a true old-school challenge with the original black/white and 4-bit color versions. Venture into a mystical living castle, solve riddles, and use magic spells in the granddaddy of all adventure games.

Déjà Vu puts the player in the role of Ace Harding – retired boxer and private eye – who wakes up in a bathroom stall, unable to remember anything and framed for murder. Players must solve a complex mystery before either their health, or the cops, bring them down.

The end date of the bundle will be announced soon.

UPDATE: Many are wondering if the games will be taken away after the "limited time" period is up. That is not the case. The bundle will be offered for a limited time. If your purchase before the bundle is removed then you keep the games forever.

UPDATE 2: The games run on Windows 7 or later and are DRM free so they are not attached to the Steam client.

-Team Zojoi

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October 30


Available in this weekend’s Halloween sale, the new Shadowgate update showcases a litany of new features and improvements that will help adventurers navigate the treacherous dangers of the living castle Shadowgate. Included in this update is a limited time haunting side-quest entitled the ‘Dread Pumpkin Quest’, an alternate command system, new Casual and Ironman game modes, a retro graphics add-on, additional achievements and much more!

Key updates include:

  1. Alternate Command System: In addition to the Classic/Retro command system, we now offer an additional way to interact with the game world: a modern icon-based system. Immersive (Hide UI) mode, keybinds and locking are still available in this mode.
  2. Casual Game Mode: Perfect for those unfamiliar with the Shadowgate universe. The game is very forgiving, offers unlimited torch life and generally keeps the Grim Reaper at bay.
  3. Ironman Mode: Perfect for advanced players. In this mode, saved games are disabled, requiring you to complete your grand adventure in one sitting.
  4. Brand New Halloween Themed Side-Quest: The ‘Dread Pumpkin Quest’ sends you on a mysterious and festive quest to find and release a terrifying spirit.
  5. Show All Objects: For those that want a bit of help, this key bind highlights all objects in a room.
  6. Quick Load Option: This additional key bind is for quick loading a saved game.
  7. Tutorials and Hints Changes: The tutorials and hint text have been overhauled to be even more helpful.
  8. UI Elements: The UI elements are adjusted in size to offer more visibility of each scenes. Also, the Load/Save dialogues have been relocated for ease of use.
  9. Additional Achievements: Gotta catch them all, Ironman, Seven Angry Dwarven Miners, Signal the Castle, Book Collector, Pyromaniac and Pumpkin Hunter.
  10. Adjustments to “USE” command: The USE command now requires only one click to work on stationary objects like levers and such.
  11. Retro Graphics Option: A pixelated filter has been added for those who wish to play the game in retro graphics mode. This fun extra is easily turned on and off in the settings or via a keybind.
  12. Destroyable Objects: Key objects cannot be destroyed in easier difficulty settings.
  13. Settings screens: Added a third volume slider for cut scenes, revamped the options screen and added additional keybinds.
  14. Adjustments To Enemy-based Puzzles: Some examples include the shadow wraith which will no longer return and the goblins archers which have a lower firing percentage.
  15. Lots of tweaks to graphics and text.
  16. And much more!

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“If you are a fan of the genre, looking for something difficult to tackle, or wondering why you haven’t played Shadowgate in 30 years, absolutely pick this up.”
8/10 – GameZone

“Shadowgate will offer you a journey into darkness, and an adventure unlike anything you have experienced in a long time.”
8/10 –

“This new Shadowgate is a superlative remake that should stand as a great example of how to take a cult classic and update it for both new and nostalgic audiences.”
9/10 –

Shadowgate Retro Game Bundle!

For a limited time, when you buy Shadowgate you will receive the retro versions of Shadowgate and Deja Vu ($10 value)! Anyone who bought Shadowgate in the past will get the game as well!

What does the Special Edition include?

NES Ringtones Available!

About This Game

Shadowgate is one of the most well-known and beloved point-and-click adventure titles in gaming history. As one of the original titles in the popular MacVenture series that went on to be celebrated on the NES, GBC, and Nintendo 64, Shadowgate quickly endeared players with its fantastic atmospheric soundtrack, perilous locations to progress through, countless puzzles to solve, and more ways to gruesomely die than gamers previously thought possible. Thrust into the role of "The Seed of Prophecy," players travel deep into the living castle, in hopes of defeating the evil that dwells within – the dreaded Warlock Lord.

Now, nearly 30 years after the original version haunted Mac and NES gamers, the original development team behind that timeless classic is back with a full re-imagining of the original Shadowgate. Much more than a port, the team at Zojoi has painstakingly redesigned the game from the ground up, adding in tons of new mind-bending puzzles, lots of new rooms with stunning hand-painted 2D graphical detail, and more objects to interact with and help you along your quest.

Decide how YOU want to play this new, re-imagined Shadowgate! Want the modern adventure experience? Use the wheel-based icon command system. Want the retro experience? Employ the Classic command system and turn on the retro graphics, soundtrack, text box, and room transitions. Want a more cinematic experience? Switch to Immersive mode by auto-hiding the UI and using customizable hotkeys to explore the castle. Or mix and match the options to satisfy your play style. In Shadowgate, there are plenty of new features and fun throwbacks to the original version to satisfy veteran adventurers and newcomers alike!

Key Features

  • Customized UI: Play the way you want! Use modern wheel-based icon commands, classic on-screen commands, or jump into Immersive mode to auto-hide the UI elements. Create key binds, lock commands and keys, and more.
  • The Dread Pumpkin Quest: A new mini-quest, find and free the Dread Pumpkin!
  • First Person Adventuring: Utilize your inventory, mapping system, and intuitive UI to complete your quest.
  • Dangerous Dungeons: Tons of beautifully illustrated rooms featuring both new and familiar locations, offering a new gameplay experiences.
  • Mind-bending Puzzles: Lots of new and updated puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game.
  • Difficulty Levels: Four different difficulty levels (from the novice to expert) that actually change the gameplay experience and puzzle structure. For the ultimate challenge, try Ironman mode that disables saves and requires players to finish the game in one try.
  • Retro Mode: Play the game like it’s 1989! Toggle on pixelated graphics, listen to Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES chip tunes, move between rooms with NES transitions, and enjoy the text in retro format.
  • Storytelling: Shadowgate features dramatic cut-scenes and all the same great storytelling you expect from the original creators.
  • Cinematic Score: A digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack that changes with gameplay by composer Rich Douglas.
  • Soundscapes: A complete atmospheric and puzzle-based sound design featuring hundreds of sound effects.

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Video Memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
    • OS: OSX 10.6+
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Video Memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
55 of 62 people (89%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
There was a time in my life where the original Shadowgate on NES consumed all of my attention. Friends and I would sit in Biology class drawing maps and comparing notes, then spending the evenings on the phone doing the same. This lasted until the end of the game; it was pretty great.

Naturally, when I heard that there was a remake of Shadowgate coming to Steam, my curiosity was piqued immediately. It was easy to worry though that my fondness of the game only existed in the rose colored glasses of nostalgia. Thankfully, once I got my hands on the remake, I discovered that Shadowgate was in fact a great game and the remake was pretty great in its own right.

I've never been one much for modern adventure games, but Shadowgate seems to be a shining example of the genre. Its packed with some great graphics updates and a great score. The game play proves to be fun too. I was worried that a point and click style adventure game wouldn't hold my attention. Since this game has a good story that gets unveiled the further you journey with hints and clues scattered about the castle, it manages to be pretty engrossing. It's common finding myself coming back to the game sooner than expected just to find out more story. This is a strong trait for a strong adventure game!

If my words don't convince you, check out my ongoing Let's Play series of the game over on my youtube channel!
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22 of 27 people (81%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
First playthrough time: 6 hours

Disclaimer: I have never played the original game and played though this one mostly on easy settings.

Major Pros:
Great art
Interesting puzzles of fair difficulty level
Well planned storyline makes sure players never get too far unintentionally ill prepared
New user interaction methods are fast and easy
No clicking around randomly on every room to find everything (clear markers show all visible interactable objects while secrets are hinted at in gameplay and Yorick can help you if you're stuck)
Clever usage of items to solve puzzles

Minor Pros:
An easy access log is kept of everything the game tells you
Harder modes encourage smart game play with interesting ways to die while easier modes protect inexperienced players
Hints (for those that use them) are helpful without directly telling you what to do

Major Cons:
Can't use the map to "port" to places you've already been (walking can take a while, especially toward the end of the game)
Message pop up on certain rooms that you have to click on to dismiss or you can't keep walking even if you've seen them before

Minor Cons:
Spell descriptions are rather vague and result in you trying the spells on everything a lot to figure out what they do
There are some annoying goblins that randomly attack you for no apparent reason, but defeating them is the same every time
More could've been done to flesh out the story

Even on the easier modes I found the game very enjoyable. The art was nice and the puzzles appropriate and complex. Nothing felt forced in the game and I didn't feel like I'd missed anything by not playing the original game. There wasn't anything that particularly stood out about this game above others in the genre, but I felt it was very solid and enjoyable. The only real annoyance was the time it took to get anywhere which could be a little bit of a problem later in the game when the puzzles spanned more space or were more complex to solve.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
I was excited to see yet another old game I played on NES had been remade and released on Steam (the other being Gauntlet)! The original was released in 1989 on the NES, and was a lot of fun (though very difficult) when I played it as a kid.

The new one is just as tough, and has a new and very beautiful art style. A nice soundtrack was made for this as well, though after exploring the options menu I saw there were options to make this game feel more like the original, "retro" Shadowgate. One of those options was to have the old soundtrack play instead! There's other options as well to make it feel more like the old version. They did good there.

So what is this game...well it's an old school point-and-click adventure game. Extremely heavy puzzle elements that will get you killed and/or confused. A lot. There are ways for you to fail this game, without you even knowing it right away too. You'll be unlocking new areas, as well as a fair amount of backtracking. There are also a lot of items to be had, you'll want to get most of them because you never know when they might be of use.

They've introduced some different difficulty settings, and the ability to either play the game with no saves or with the ability to save. Unless you have the hints option on, there's really not much in the way of handholding. And even with the hints, it doesn't really tell you much.

Great game, and worth checking out if you like games that really make you think and pay attention to details.

"It's a sad thing that your adventures have ended here." Get used to reading that.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
For those fans that loved the old "click and move" games that appeared on the NES; Shadowgate, and the lesser known "Uninvited" title, they should definitely give this one a whirl. Although I feel that this title is not worth 19.99, if its on sale, I would pick it up. The music is completly redone, as well as the graphics, and gives you a more dreaded feel that you are exploring a castle.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 22

+A remake of the classic 1987 Shadowgate, but doesn't feel phoned in or a simple cash grab. The game is faithful to the original, but expands greatly upon it.
+Fans of the original (and later re-releases, including the popular NES version) will absolutely love the option to choose either the new transitions and music or the original 1987 music and transitions.
+The new music pieces are not simply remixes of the original pieces, but rather hauntingly-beautiful retellings.
+Game difficulty determines how hard and how long the game is. A puzzle that requires backtracking or multiple steps on Hard will either be simplified or outright removed on Easy.
+The game's many causes of death reinforces the idea that you don't need your hand held to have fun.


-Whoever thought of the idea for retro graphics mode needs to be fired. The "retro" option simply places a filter over the screen, pixelating everything. Imagine playing a game that runs at a native 1920x1080, then changing the resolution to 320x200. That's how bad it is. Unlike the transitions and the music, it is in no way faithful to the original game.
-Unlike the original, the game gives you no indication that your torch is about to go out, leading to an untimely and unexpected death. The NES version had its own music piece to warn you when your torch was about to go out.
-Newcomers to the game may be put off by all the trial-and-error they will have to do, as many of the puzzle solutions seem counter-intuitive.

Full disclosure: I backed this game on Kickstarter.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Shadowgate was one of those kind of games growing up that expanded my tastes as a gamer back in the NES days, at the time I played it there was very little like it other than the Sierra games like kings quest etc. The game was a puzzle to unravel and navigate and while you would get stumped sometimes, no answer ever felt like it was total off in left field logic answer.

The Redux has plenty to offer a player new and old, but far more for the old. Only people who have played the original get to fully enjoy some of the nods in the redux. How you proceed in the remake has changed greatly from the original and infact what were solutions to problems in the original now kill you in somewhat humorous ways and even offer secret death endings which I greatly enjoyed.

"point and click adventure" is a name that has been slightly tarnished with games that have you find 10 objects on a still screen while a timer ticks down (you know what I am talking about) but shadowgate tells a story and makes you think. Also if you want to just want to enjoy a story theres always guides, so you never feel stuck if you want to just enjoy a tale. I hope to see more of these classic games revived like Deja Vu.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
A relic from the past has been redone and much to my liking. I love the feel of the new game. A must in my opinion, buy the Special Edition, it truly adds some charm to be able play the old games. I only wish they would have put out the NES version of the game with the Apple version as well, but hey I will take what I can get. This is a complete overhaul of the original classic and let me tell ya, they did a great job to keep us old fans interested. At first I had some challenges figuring out the controls, all of which are explained, but still need some playing with to figure out. The redone visuals are amazing and kept the ambience as I remembered from the original, but add so much more. I find myself enjoyind the new content as much as the original. Good job recreating a very fond memory, now lets see what your next project brings us!!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
When I was a kid, I played the old Shadowgate a ton on the Gameboy Color. I even kept a notebook, trying to beat the game, because of how hard it is!

I went into this game expecting pure nostalgia and expecting it to be more of the same. To my surprise, it was actually pretty different! If you played the old game, you will recognize a lot of the rooms, but it definitely isn't the same shadowgate I used to play.

Fantastic first person adventure game, worth every cent!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
I was thrilled beyond words that this game got a more modern remake. This was (and in my opinion, still is) the Dark Souls of point and click puzzle/adventure type games. Everything about this is beautiful, compared to the NES version of it. Being able to turn all of those old settings back to the originals (transitions, music, etc.) gives it a nostalgic feel for those who've played the older version of this game. For me it brings back fond memories of not knowing what I was doing. (I was very young when I tried to play the NES version of Shadowgate)

Do I recomment this game? Definitely. It's pretty damn solid compared to a lot of other games out there.
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6 of 10 people (60%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
wow bought because of nostalgia for the old NES game this game is the same but different . really surprised by how much fun it is to still play a point and click adventure game like this ,, really good game lots of fun for such a simple game yeah it's more than worth the sale price
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
A true classic beautifully redone.
I do not know if it will fancy newcomers but it will please those who played the original... or heard about it. If you are into old "click" adventure games, I advise you to give it a try.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
I have to ask myself one question after the trip down Nostalgia Lane: Would I buy the Dark Souls of my childhood for my friends? The answer is quite simple: I would MAKE them play it, if only to know that they would have known why I keep my NES clean and only one game to be found. What is said game? Gold star if you answered Shadowgate.

Remember your lost nightmares, let them haunt your every motion, hear my bone chilling laugh as it eats away at your very expendable soul, Shadowgate is here once more. It's here to stay...

Well, a dip in the price might be nice. More incentive to spread the fun. The fun that comes with the Grim Reaper on speed dial...

[insert dark, bone chilling laugh here]
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Excellent job at a remake!

The visuals are amazing. Every single scene is a thing of beauty. And for veterans - it will challenge your memory; almost every puzzle has been changed up to give you a fresh experience. And the story has been MASSIVELY expanded, it definitely is worth a look if you're a fan.

Soundtrack is great, and if you're a fan of the NES soundtrack, it's also included and easily toggled on and off. A nice touch!
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
If you're a fan of the original Shadowgate, you'd be quite stupid not to get this remake. All the elements of the original Shadowgate are there, along with some new features that make it a refreshing experience to the fans. Not to mention, retro mode (although the retro mode for graphics is kinda lame). They didn't do anything to make it all simple and what not for newer audiences, it's the original with more. Get it today!
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
The best version of Shadowgate I've ever seen and played! Great job!
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3 of 10 people (30%) found this review helpful
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
loved the NES version. had to buy this one.
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2 of 8 people (25%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Love this game! Definitely worth the price!!
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Simply the best video game ever made.
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8 of 52 people (15%) found this review helpful
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I reallllllllllllly want to write a good review, but I can't bring myself to do so. The game isn't fun. I love the big 3 Kemco adventure games (Uninvited, Shadowgate, and Deja Vu) so when I saw this hit the market my nostalgia meter went through the roof. I didn't buy the game expecting a total speed run, but I expected the game to basically be more or less the same with a graphic overhual. Not the case, rooms are totally different, puzzles are different, and setting the game to retro graphics is nothing but a pixelated mess. Save your $20... I wish i had mine back.
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
the fact that they remade shadowgate well is awsome. then comes the retro update with deja vu is even time there is a kickstart from the developer and publisher of this title i am in for sure.
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