#26: Shadowgate

Released In: 1989
Developer: Kemco
Under License From: ICOM Simulations
Publisher: Kemco▲Seika

      Deep within the Castle Shadowgate, the evil Warlock Lord is attempting to raise the Behemoth and unleash it upon the world. As the last descendant of a long line of kings, only you have the strength, bravery, and puzzling skills to stop him. So put on your thinking cap, grab a steady of supply of torches, and prepare to quest your way through the trap-filled castle. Oh, and don't forget to save. Constantly.

Syd Lexia: This is one of several games that caused me to waste copious amounts of money by making unauthorized phone calls to a Nintendo hint line. It was an 800 number, but it was NOT toll free. I remember when my mom got the phone bill for that month, but I don't quite remember what happened after that. No, that horrible childhood trauma, however deserved it may have been, has successfully been suppressed.

Rycona: My introduction to text and picture adventure games. This game took a lot of thinking and mapping out. A great developing game for kids.

greeneyedzeke: Shadowgate was the first game that ever got me frustrated enough to call Nintendo’s hint line. These days I just throw a controller or three, but back then, oh no. I paid to have some guy named Bob read me answers from a computer database. I feel kind of sad now, in retrospect.

Dr. Jeebus: This was the first video game I remember either of my parents being interested in since the Atari 2600. My mother enjoyed trying to solve the puzzles with Syd and me. I guess you could say that the NES was a tool to bridge the generational gap between children and parents. Or more realistically, no you couldn't.

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