Parents' Guide to

Shadowgate

By Chris Morris, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Nostalgic game with non-graphic violence will test skills.

Game Nintendo Switch , Windows 2019
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This remake of a challenging classic adventure game isn't for the easily frustrated. In fact, Shadowgate may not even be a game for the focused player. It revels in its difficulty and takes great joy in killing off players. It also has a horribly dated user interface that slows things down tremendously, has too many similar choices, and feels incredibly clunky. Plus, the newly added levels don't add much except additional chances to watch the death screens again ... and again ... and again.

So why would anyone consider playing? Shadowgate is beloved by old-school gamers precisely for its difficulty. The original was hard even when the standard for difficulty was a lot higher -- and the remake doesn't water down its source material. What it does do is add some stunning static art backgrounds that are a joy to behold. There may be no better game to test your mettle if you consider yourself a hardcore gamer. But if you lack that sense of challenge or nostalgia, there's little reason to pick this up.

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