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DOS - 1988

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

Alt names シャドウゲイト, Behemoth, Shadowkeep
Year 1988
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Fantasy, Graphic Adventure, Turn-based
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer ICOM Simulations, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, Fixed / Flip-screen
Dosbox support Supported on 0.62
4.15 / 5 - 13 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

puellafan 2024-01-24 0 point

Lakmir was a fool to send a child to do something that even the Circle of Twelve couldn't - contain my growing power.

TalionSilvercloud 2023-08-04 0 point Mac version

As previous comments mentioned, the "Buy at GOG" link goes to the remake. However, the original Macintosh and Apple IIgs versions are packaged together and sold on Steam under the title "Shadowgate: MacVenture Series" which can be found here:

larry 2023-01-24 1 point


GOG simply doesn't keep those games alive, indeed it's killing them softly.

Raven 2022-05-10 2 points DOS version

They don't sell this version of the game on GOG. They sell the fancy new remake that came out in 2014 by Zojoi.

Steven Pavelish 2022-04-16 0 point DOS version

CGA Graphics go brrr!

sfx 2021-01-06 4 points

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 0 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 (Windows 3.x)
ManualEnglish version 3 MB (Mac)

Other Releases

Shadowgate was also released on the following systems:

Windows 3.x



Apple IIgs

Atari ST

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