By Chris Dahlberg

Published on Saturday, August 2, 2014

The original Shadowgate was slightly before my time, but I’ve heard plenty about it and played games that were directly inspired by the classic adventure game. Developer Zojoi will be launching a completely re-imagined version of the game on August 21st for PC and Mac via Steam, with a iOS and Android port planned for the fall. Zojoi has released a trailer showcasing the original NES port side by side with the new version, showing how much has changed in the almost 30 year gap between releases. Although I have a feeling I’ll be absolutely terrible at Shadowgate and will die a million times before making any progress, I’m still looking forward to trying it out.

Twain Harte, CA – July 24, 2014 – Nearly 30 years after the original frightened and amazed the world, developer Zojoi in cooperation with indie games partner Reverb Triple XP announced today that the re-imagined Shadowgate will launch on Steam and other digital outlets for both PC and Mac on August 21, 2014. Shadowgate will arrive on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play (Android devices) in fall 2014.

Zojoi has released a new side-by-side trailer that compares the 1989 NES Shadowgate version with this year’s re-imagined game.

Watch the YouTube Trailer HERE:

In Shadowgate, intrepid gamers step inside the dark halls of Castle Shadowgate as “The Seed of Prophecy,” the only one who could hope to defeat the traitorous Warlock Lord that dwells within. Designed with compelling cut-scenes that greatly expand the original Shadowgate universe, gamers navigate from room to room via the classic first-person perspective, using their wits to survive dangerous traps, devious puzzles, and ruthless enemies. If successful, they can assemble the Staff of Ages, a powerful relic capable of keeping this ancient enemy from destroying the living castle and the world of Tyragon itself.

Shadowgate not only features a stunning level of detailed, hand-painted rooms but also tons of new, mind-bending puzzles from the makers of the original game. While there are more objects and new characters to interact with, there are also plenty of throwbacks to the original version, so veterans and newcomers alike will relish their journey through Castle Shadowgate… if they survive.


Shadowgate Features Include:

-All-new and updated puzzles seamlessly expand on the original game
-Multiple difficulty levels enable players to play on Master, the renowned difficulty of the original, or scale back the brutality with Apprentice (Easy) or Journeyman (Medium)
-Players can take advantage of a bevy of objects, spells, an all-new mapping system and on-screen commands to aid them in their quest
-Tons of hand-painted illustrated rooms feature both new and familiar locations
-Gorgeous visuals complete with new environmental effects and unique animations offer an immersive experience
-Bonus Retro Mode enables players to experience the game like it’s 1989! Choose Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES score, turn the graphics into 8-bit, and more
-Customize the experience with the classic or auto-hide control layout, tailored key binds for actions and objects, and/or lock commands for ease of use
-Updated storytelling features dramatic cut-scenes, plus all the same great storytelling you’d expect from a Shadowgate adventure
-A digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack and sound effects change based on gameplay
-50 in-game and Steam-based achievements to find and unlock

For more information on Shadowgate, visit the official Website at, follow the development team on Twitter and “Like” the game on Facebook.

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