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 (308 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 21, 2014

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"Leans a little more toward the fantasy than the horror you might remember from your childhood. Still a good nostalgia trip with nice and creepy art."


“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 –

What does the Special Edition include?

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.

Also check out the original MAC and IIgs version of Shadowgate available now!

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Processor: 2.4GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512MB Dedicated Video Memory
    • Hard Drive: 2 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
74 of 80 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
13.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
I have never played Shadowgate before and completed the game on easy setting without using any guides, here are my thoughts:


> Nice art work and immersive soundtrack.
> Challenging but logical and rewarding puzzles.
> Good storyline.
> Easy to use interface and inventory


> Some of the art wasn't so well done
> One or two puzzles that seemed a bit too cryptic
> A couple of annoying things such as lack of fast travel option and having to click out of the same text box each time you enter a room you've entered a 100 times before.

Overall: 8.5/10
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
8.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 3
A classic 2D Adventure is reborn.

The oldest point and click series successfully arose after nearly 30 years!
(stand up and applause, young whippersnappers!)

Enter a moist dungeon and figure out which dark wizard needs to get his prophesied magic spanking.
Yeah, they didn't bother with the academy award for originality back then.
If that's a problem, definitely pass on Shadowgate!

Otherwise, stay for the beautiful graphics.
Puzzles are solid, thick, tight.
Music and sfx are flat out fantastic!

Generally, the whole atmosphere is captured brilliantly.
I yawned in Myst and Riven, but there's something to be said about running out of torches while there's grunts and hisses coming from foreboding caverns in front of you.

A whole bunch of difficulty settings will accomodate everyone from casual coffeesippers to l33t mousebenders.
Highest difficulty will produce a LOT of oldschool deaths by dragonfire, deathly darkness or defenestration.
The interface looks clunky at first, but theres options to speed it up.

4 ancient prophecies out of 5 turned out to be true!
Maybe the best pure dungeon adventure?
If the premise is boring for you, it will deliver ... boredom!
So it's definitely a genre thing.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 13
I remember playing this on my old NES when i was young. I never made it to the mirror room and i didn't understand what i actually have to do there. As I found this remake on the web the classical medley from the past started to play in my head and I knew I have to beat it. Well, I didn't beat it yet but I got faith in me.

12/10 would buy it again!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Very brutal, challenging and rewarding adventure game for veterans.

Great narration, excellent watercoloured paint design better than the original 80's game.

Recommend playing this game on Master difficulty where the game will not hold back any punches on you this is basicly Dark Souls/Demon's Souls/Bloodbourne in a point and click game "YOU WILL DIE ALOT!".

If your a novice puzzle solver you can play this on the easy difficulty (if your a cry baby) but it nerfs the challenge in avoiding deaths, less puzzles, solutions will be solved for you, some puzzle rooms will be unloseable but that doesn't mean you won't die on easy mode because you still can from tons of trial and error.

But then again if your a novice you shouldn't start with this game I recommend Sam n Max, Monkey Island, Kings Quest 1 Remake or Leisure Suit Larry for great laughs and easier difficulty.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 7
*-Use- Wallet on Shadowgate.*

Congratulations! The game has been purchased!

*-Open- Shadowgate.*

As your index finger hits the left mouse button, the click heralds the release of a green cloud of smoke from the small apparatus. You burst into violent coughing and cover your face, but it is too late. Alas, your lungs melt from the inside out. It is a pity that your adventure has ended here.
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