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DOS - 1988

Also released on: Mac - Windows 3.x - Amiga - Atari ST - Apple IIgs

Alt names Shadowkeep, Behemoth, シャドウゲイト
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Fantasy, Puzzle elements
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer ICOM Simulations, Inc.
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Supported on 0.62
4.08 / 5 - 12 votes

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Manual and fix available

Description of Shadowgate

Shadowgate is a typical fantasy adventure game with a typical defeat-an-evil plot: you have been sent to Castle Shadowgate prevent the resurrection of an evil monster (called the Behemoth). Although most puzzles are logical, Shadowgate is most memorable for the ridiculous amount of time you will die -- just picking up a book or walking into a certain room will kill you instantly. Torch management is also a pain because there's a limited number of them lying around.

Definitely NOT the game for the easily frustrated! Too bad the sequel Beyond Shadowgate was released only on the TurboGrafx 16 system.

After a long hiatus, ICOM is finally back as Ininite Ventures, and has updated the game to Windows 95 version! Go buy it today from Shadowgate website!

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

sfx 2021-01-06 1 point

game linked on gog is a different game with the same name, please check availability

larry 2019-10-15 2 points

isn't it very funny that this game is for sale through our lovely (!) gog, while other ICOM legends are for free.

is ruining fan collections the main point?

helpdeskdan 2015-01-17 0 point DOS version

Has issues in FreeDos. Seems to run fine in DrDos though. Used to love this game on the mac.

indstr 2014-02-08 -1 point DOS version

@gamelol2: Because this is a site for DOS games

My memories of shadowgate are from the NES version. Definitely a classic.

gamelol2 2013-09-26 1 point DOS version

how come tere isn't a shadowgate for windows (not dos) on this website?

Beedoo 2013-06-23 0 point DOS version

I remember first playing this on GameBoy Color in the '90s. Apparently the later release remained true to the original programming - torch-related frustration and multiple deaths per minute of gameplay are certainly my strongest memories of this game.

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Game Extras and Resources

Some of these file may not be included in the game stores. For Shadowgate, we have the following files:

ManualEnglish version 6 KB (DOS) FixKeypress fix English version 4 KB (DOS)
ManualEnglish version 3 MB (Mac)
ManualEnglish version 3 MB (Windows 3.x)

Other Releases

Shadowgate was also released on the following systems:


Windows 3.x


Atari ST

Apple IIgs

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