Abstraction Games has revealed that the classic adventure game Shadowgate, originally released back in 1987 for the Apple Macintosh, will be re-imagined for the Switch this fall.
The game is one of the original titles found within the popular MacVenture series, going on to appear on systems such as the NES, Game Boy Color, and the N64. The game features an atmospheric soundtrack, perilous locations to progress through, lots of puzzles to solve, and more ways to gruesomely die than gamers previously thought possible.
This new version headed to Switch is actually built upon the foundations of the recently re-imagined PC version which launched in 2014. It is set to feature a refined user interface and intuitive wheel-based icon command system, with the original developer Zojoi painstakingly redesigning the game to add new, mind-bending puzzles, lots of new rooms with hand-painted 2D graphical detail, and more objects to interact with in your quest. Abstraction Games' role has been to offer technical assistance and to enhance the experience with fresh new ideas and creative direction.
If you'd like to learn a little more, make sure to check out the following features list and screenshots.
- First Person Adventuring: Utilize your inventory, mapping system, and intuitive UI to complete your quest.
- Dangerous Dungeons: Tons of beautifully illustrated rooms featuring both new and familiar locations, offering a new gameplay experience.
- Mind-bending Puzzles: Lots of new and updated puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game.
- Difficulty Levels: Four different difficulty levels (from the novice to expert) that actually change the gameplay experience and puzzle structure. For the ultimate challenge, try Ironman mode that disables saves and requires players to finish the game in one try.
- Retro Mode: Play the game like it’s 1989! Toggle on to listen to Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES chiptunes, move between rooms with pixelated transitions and follow the text in retro format.
- Storytelling: Shadowgate features dramatic cut-scenes and all the same great storytelling you expect from the original creators.
- Cinematic Score: A digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack that changes with gameplay by composer Rich Douglas.
- Soundscapes: A complete atmospheric and puzzle-based sound design featuring hundreds of sound effects.
As mentioned above, the game's release date is currently scheduled for "fall 2018". We'll make sure to keep an eye out for any more specific details in the future.
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