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Posted by Limond

The art in that swings from pretty cool to disappointing.

Edited by StoneGut

Had some great moments with Shadowgate on the NES... lets see how this goes.

Edited by Spitznock

The animation looks kind of awkward. The art is good though.

Posted by Icicle7x3

I have fond memories of Shadowgate for the NES, I might have to check this out.

Posted by Owozifa

I'm not gonna knock it existing, but I feel like this makes me wish they'd done something other than remake Shadowgate. I think the music and atmosphere of Shadowgate are awesome, the only trouble is it didn't really play that well even back in the day. It's not dissimilar to how I felt about Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded, but maybe even stronger. At least we will get that music revamped.

Edited by WanderingNewbie

Posted by Lysergica33

Wow, holy shit. What a blast from the past...
Loved Shadowgate, many wasted hours with that game as a tiny child. Consider me cautiously excited!

Posted by superslidetail

So what happened to the house? Wasn't there a house in the beginning and you were looking for your little sister or something? I guess this is a re-imagining and not a re-make?

Posted by WanderingNewbie

@superslidetail: You're thinking of The Uninvited, same engine same company.

Posted by xxNBxx

Looks like something Iron Galaxy would work on... >:)

Posted by steevl

Huh. Didn't expect to see the Mac version at the beginning there. That was the version I had as a kid. Not really sure what to think about this; when I finished that version, I felt comfortable in saying I was done with Shadowgate.

Posted by Claudia

I remember playing this game (NES) a lot when I was little! Curious to see how this turns out.

Posted by superslidetail
Posted by Lucien21

Hardly new news as the Kickstarter was back in 2012.

Posted by DasaKamov

Rosy nostalgia aside, Shadowgate was a horribly obtuse game which lead to hundreds of frustrating deaths because early video-game writers thought it was clever to not give you ANY hint that any particular action was either necessary or suicidal. "Use" a torch at the wraith? Why the heck would I do that, when there's no hint that the wraith is weak to fire, torches, or throwing things at it, AND the fact that torches are the most necessary thing in the game, AND are in limited supply. Also, let's hide an object in the very first screen of the game without giving you ANY indication it's there or hint that you NEED it to finish the game. Garrrgh.

Hopefully THIS version of Shadowgate leaves all that antiquated philosophy back in the dust of the 80s, where it belongs. :b

Edited by Jimbot

At the very least, that was some epic trailer music.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

Kickstarter is still gross, but HELL YEAH SHADOWGATE!

Posted by KyleZachary

I will keep my girlish screams of excitement contained for now; the nostalgia alone gives the biggest urge for me to fumble around my loft in search of the NES version of the original game.

Posted by KenpachiRamaSama

Those animations made me physically ill then I had a spastic fit and knocked myself out on the floor. I'm writing this from the hospital. Thanks shadow gate.

Posted by JackSukeru

I played the gameboy version of Shadowgate long ago, I might be up for trial & erroring my way through a new one, maybe.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

Isn't shadowgate that adventure game with the super effed up difficulty?

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Posted by PhantomV48

I want this so badly! I want it to not suck! That tiny bit of voiceover doesn't give me much hope.

Posted by MartinG

Aw, this looks like crap compared to what the old games made your mind conjur up. This is a sad day, I love Shadowgate :/

Edited by LarryDavis

Ah, so someone remade it in flash! Can't wait to play this on newgrounds.

Posted by year199X

The song is cool I guess.

Posted by evolvedtolive

So Shadowgate 64 never existed, eh? I liked it.

Edited by antivanti

Rosy nostalgia aside, Shadowgate was a horribly obtuse game which lead to hundreds of frustrating deaths because early video-game writers thought it was clever to not give you ANY hint that any particular action was either necessary or suicidal. "Use" a torch at the wraith? Why the heck would I do that, when there's no hint that the wraith is weak to fire, torches, or throwing things at it, AND the fact that torches are the most necessary thing in the game, AND are in limited supply. Also, let's hide an object in the very first screen of the game without giving you ANY indication it's there or hint that you NEED it to finish the game. Garrrgh.

Hopefully THIS version of Shadowgate leaves all that antiquated philosophy back in the dust of the 80s, where it belongs. :b

Unfortunately it seems to be a straight port with updated graphics so I imagine all the bad design remains. The list of Verbs at the top sure as hell suggests it is as stuck in the past as it possibly can...

Posted by quirkwood
@limond said:

The art in that swings from pretty cool to disappointing.

I completely agree with this. It looks very muddy, not that I could do any better mind you.

Edited by Karkarov

Say what you will about the art I am a backer of this thing and they have released the soundtrack already and that is very very good.

Posted by DevourerOfTime

Missed your opportunity for the description to be "Carry on my Wayward Soul."

Posted by stanleynipple

Damnit I was thinking of Shadowrun when I clicked on this

Posted by Murdoc_

Kickstarter might need to start a spin off company just to keep up with the games industry.

We can call it Nostalgiastarter, where new and innovated get kicked to the curb.

Posted by KaneRobot

Your aim is true as you plunge the silver arrow into the beautiful woman.

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Posted by FantasyRox

@antivanti: You should go to the website and read the info on the game. Most of the puzzles have been redone and the ones that were lame have been removed. It's not a port.

Posted by Astrophyle

Shadowgate wasn't great when I was 13, so I don't have high hopes (or nostalgia) for it.

Edited by Slag

realistically, I'm probably going to get this no mater how good or bad it is.

Posted by SgtSphynx

Rich Douglas did a phenomenal job on the soundtrack

Edited by Viking_Funeral

I liked Shadowgate on the NES, but I can't say how I feel about a modern version, especially one that doesn't seem to be doing anything new with the gameplay.

Posted by MovieFlask

Do me a favor guys. Everyone go buy this so these guys will remake Deja Vu for iOS/Android.

Posted by KaneRobot

First one was interesting in that it was a game that would be solved within an hour of release thanks to the internet, but back in 1990 I pretty much had to rely on trial and error, exchanging info with friends at school, and magazines. Heck, Shadowgate was the one and only time my parents let me call the Nintendo game counselor line, after being stuck on the hellhound room for a week (and on the day I called, the new Nintendo Power came later in the day that had the solution in it).

Unless they change the way the game fun fundamentally plays, at which point it isn't Shadowgate anymore, I don't see this game having much of a shelf life. It's not really something you go back to after you beat it.

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Edited by DasaKamov

@antivanti, @kanerobot: To be fair, it looks like they added some new "rooms" -- the trailer revealed an icy room wit what looked like a giant spider frozen on the ceiling -- so hopefully they're mixing it up.

But ya, there was only one way to "beat" the original game , and once you had the strategy guide in hand it took you anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and then you were done.

Edited by John1912

This seems like a really odd choice of a game to remake. I have fond memories of the old Nintendo game, and its classic music, but I dont want to play the same thing.

Posted by Mr_Creeper

@dasakamov said:

Rosy nostalgia aside, Shadowgate was a horribly obtuse game which lead to hundreds of frustrating deaths because early video-game writers thought it was clever to not give you ANY hint that any particular action was either necessary or suicidal. "Use" a torch at the wraith? Why the heck would I do that, when there's no hint that the wraith is weak to fire, torches, or throwing things at it, AND the fact that torches are the most necessary thing in the game, AND are in limited supply. Also, let's hide an object in the very first screen of the game without giving you ANY indication it's there or hint that you NEED it to finish the game. Garrrgh.

Hopefully THIS version of Shadowgate leaves all that antiquated philosophy back in the dust of the 80s, where it belongs. :b

Unfortunately it seems to be a straight port with updated graphics so I imagine all the bad design remains. The list of Verbs at the top sure as hell suggests it is as stuck in the past as it possibly can...

Really off-putting if this is the case.

Posted by LandHawk

@evolvedtolive: I loved Shadowgate 64, but the original Shadowgate was before my time.