Abstraction Games has announced that a port of the re-imagined PC version of Shadowgate is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo Switch later this year. Those of you how aren’t old enough to remember the older versions of Shadowgate will be in for a treat as this classic fantasy adventure title is an iconic game in its own right.
Shadowgate is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and Switch this fall. The now 30-year-old Apple Macintosh classic has been ported to a variety of platforms. Since it’s original point-and-click version was released in 1987, we’ve seen variants on the Game Boy Color and NES. Multiple sequels were also created for various Nintendo consoles. But it’s the fully remade and reworked PC version that matters most here.
The PC version is a fully redone version originally pitched on Kickstarter, earning $137,232 in pledges by 11:59 PM EST, November 25, 2012. The team behind this new version, which included original game creators Dave Marsh and Karl Roelofs, set out to create a Shadowgate for a new generation. And complete with a much more immersive story and beautiful graphics, combined with modernized controls and gameplay elements, the team managed to deliver a great game.
And here we are a few years later waiting on another release that promises even more improvements. The updated console version promises new puzzles and new rooms to explore featuring 2D hand-painted visuals, and four difficulty settings to select from. The user interface and command system are being adapted to console controls for a smooth gameplay experience. There’s even a Retro mode which recreates the music and layouts of the original game for a new crop of gamers.
One thing that has me excited is the focus on a remade soundtrack with full use of soundscapes. This means that there will be a much tighter focus on using audio feedback in puzzle-solving, which I quite like the idea of.
There’s achievements too, if that’s your kind of thing.