Thrust into the role of “The Seed of Prophecy,” players travel deep into the living castle, in hopes of defeating the evil that dwells within – the dreaded Warlock Lord.
The council sent you? You can not hope to fathom the depths of this game. I’ll review it for you.
Shadowgate is a first person adventure game. You navigate rooms with the mouse, solving puzzles. When you click on something, it pops up with a wheel with various symbols, such as a foot to go or a fist to use self/hit.
The music really helps set the tone in this game. It creates a fitting atmosphere, allowing for the player to feel like they are truly in the shoes of the character. It is subtle and ambient at times, and while at the same time being epic at others.
The game is notoriously difficult. I actually had to restart a few times because I found I accidentally missed something at some point, and it was no longer available. Add in timed puzzles and curses that will kill you, it adds up to a rough climb.
I briefly touched on this already, but Shadowgate is beautiful. Each room feels like it was crafted entirely to be it’s own entity while comprising of a larger scale. The cutscenes have a beautiful feel as well, and I just love it.
Overall, I’d have to give Shadowgate a Grilled Cheese rating. It runs very well, and is extremely difficult, but it’s difficulty makes it actually feel rewarding when you finish it. It is very well made and designed and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys adventure games.
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