A remake of the original game from the Nes, Shadowgate is a click and point adventures that follows the original retro style redone with voice acting, animated graphics, and the complicated puzzles changed up to blow your mind in fustration but full of satisfactory when solved. Fans of the original Shadowgate will love the remake of this game and the feeling of retro nostalgia.
The game starts with an animated opening accompanied by a great soundtrack and voice narration that will give you the immersion and overhwelming feeling of epicness to your adventure to conquer the castle and stop an evil warlock.
Though not everything is voiced in the game except for major plotline cutscenes for the story. The game still does a great job with the text dialogue. The graphics will remind you of a really well done animated graphic novel if you've ever experienced any of those. The gameplay itself a click adventure puzzle game and might not be everyone's cup of tea.
Upon playing the game and starting off your adventure you'll be greeted with 3 different difficulty mode to the game, each of which changes up the solution to the puzzles to the game and stop players from thinking they know the puzzles after playing the first time. Along with starting the adventure you'll be given a well detailed tutorial that explains how the mechanics, and how the game works. This isn't your usual point and click adventure but a retro gameplay style with the player having to use hotkeys and clicking on top for buttons to execute commands such as use, speak, or even to open doors and move forward etc. So an example is in order to get in through a door to the next area to progress you'll have to first open the door or you'll run headlfirst into it.
The game will feature puzzles that are pretty complex and feels VERY satisfying when you actually solve it. The game does give you hints hidden in well written riddles and text on spells, items, and scroll you find in order to progress. Upon being stuck however, players do have the ability to talk to your only sidekick skull partner Yorick who at times talk alot but does give you hints also in riddles but unless you paid attention to certain surrondings and the riddles, you'll be stuck at certain areas for quite a bit.
The way to solve certain situations sometimes is trial and error sometimes and be warned however that making a mistake at certain locations and it's death for you in many ways. There are creatures in this castle to stop you along the way such as krakens and dragons. Luckily the game does offer saving and quicksave to keep on playing. To add on to this the game has a mechanic that everything you do is considered a move except for looking. So each time you are using a move your torch is slowly diminishing. If you run out of torches you'll have no choice but to restart a previous save becuase leaving will make you fall in the dark and break your neck. Along with the torch there will be another element later in the game that will be more brutal on you forcing you to quicken your pace a bit.
The one thing about the game is when you do die you'll die in a gruesome way. Along with death flying along and giving you a speech about your misery sometimes in a humorous manner. So try not to die and do your best at the puzzles, Read, look, and tread carefully in this castle of doom.
+ Animated graphics
+ Well written dialogue
+ Voice over and cutscenes are nicely done
+ Immersive Music
+ Complex puzzle with 3 different difficulty and change up
+ includes retro voice, music, and audio from the nes version that you can switch to
- When you get stuck its pretty brutal don't give up
- The retrostyle interface might not be everyones thing
- The only downside is once you know the solutions then thats pretty much it for the game.