What I liked:
- The presentation side of the game does a good job of connecting with the story and this makes both the visuals and sound design enjoyable throughout.
- I found the story to tick a number of boxes during my time with the game and this did make the gameplay stand out even more for me.
- Each puzzle feels very intricate and if you’re a fan of puzzles that require a lot of thought to complete then you’ll thoroughly enjoy what’s present here.
- In terms of content the game has a decent amount for you to get to grips with and the added inclusion of multiple difficulty settings gives the game replayability as well.
- Technically the game held up really well from start to finish which meant there weren’t any unnecessary frustrations created.
What I didn’t like:
- Whilst the puzzles have been done really well some of them are very difficult to complete which can be frustrating.
- Unfortunately there is no fast travel option so backtracking does become tedious very quickly.
- The hint system doesn’t really help you very much.
Does Shadowgate (remake) do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all unfortunately I didn’t play the original Shadowgate but that wasn’t my fault because I wasn’t born in 1987. Despite not playing the original though I’ve heard a lot about it and I know a few family members of mine thoroughly enjoyed it. This then meant that I went into playing the newest instalment of Shadowgate with quite a bit of excitement and even though it was very difficult from time to time I can still see why the game has quite a following. The main crux of this game then is its puzzles and I must admit that the sense of achievement I got when solving these puzzles was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before because solving them does require patience and a lot of thought. Every now and then though solving these puzzles did get frustrating and a better hint system might have helped matters here. Thankfully though I was still able to look past these frustrating moments and I’m glad I did because this game features a story that was very interesting throughout. The game also features a presentation that combines excellently with the story as well and with the added bonus of no technical issues my time with the game was pretty much a smooth process at all times. At the end of the day then Shadowgate is one of them games that will challenge you all the way and without a doubt there’s more than enough content that will no doubt make veterans of the game and newcomers alike enjoy this game a lot.
I rate Shadowgate (remake) 7.5/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Abstraction Games B.V./General Arcade (Pte. Ltd.)
Publisher: Abstraction Games B.V.
Release Date (Xbox One): April 10, 2019