Shadowgate (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Kemco
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Shadowgate is a point-and-click game originally developed by Icom Simulations for the Macintosh and other various computers before eventually being ported to the NES by Kemco. In this game, you play the role of a courageous knight who must enter dreaded castle Shadowgate to stop an evil wizard from summoning the great Behemoth to destroy the world. Although it has an action adventure plot, the game is a puzzle adventure that uses a point and click interface. Instead of hacking apart monsters you use cunning and common sense to make your way through the various rooms of the castle. You encounter various beasts, weapons, traps, magical spells, and strange devices. You can choose from several different actions like take, open, look, and use to manipulate the puzzles and items you find along the way. Like the other Icom point-and-click games, the game can get boring once you know how to beat the game and complete it several times, yet, there is still a little replay value since there are different methods you can use to complete various tasks.


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The title screen.

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Outside the deadly Shadowgate castle.

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Probably not a good idea to advance any further down this hall.

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Keep an eye on your torches!

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How can I reach that key through shark infested waters?

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Expect to see this screen a few thousand times before you beat the game.


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The game features several nice tracks of haunting ambient music to fit its Gothic atmosphere. While the game doesn't have credits, Hiroyuki Masuno has claimed credit for composing the music, converting it to the NES, and programming the sound driver.

Track 13 of the NSF soundtrack doesn't seem to be played in the game. It may have been composed for the infamous Goblin Room that existed in several versions of the game, but was removed in the NES version.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Shadowgate Theme Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 2:18
02 Entranceway Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:57
03 Cavern Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 1:31
04 Dragon Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:40
05 Mirror Room Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:54
06 Danger Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:34
07 Courtyard Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 1:20
08 Hallway Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 1:05
09 Library Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:28
10 Torch's Dying Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:49
11 Dead Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:57
12 Ending Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 1:49
13 Goblin Room Hiroyuki MasunoHiroyuki Masuno 0:25


The back of the Famicom box features the unhelpful phrase, "Sound Produce: Kento's Group." The game's English translation lacks credits, but Hiroyuki Masuno has been contacted and taken credit for the composition and arrangement of the music.


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  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: シャドウゲイト (Shadowgate)
Platform: Famicom
Released: 1989-03-31
Publisher: Kemco
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Shadowgate
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-12-??
Publisher: Kemco▲Seika
  UK.svg   UK
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Title: Shadowgate
Platform: NES
Released: 1991-05-30
Publisher: Kemco