Following a successful crowdfunding effort in 2012, the creators of MacVenture classic Shadowgate are once again inviting players to explore their decrepit, wildly dangerous castle, only this time the eerie adventure will feature modern graphics and sound.
"When we created the MacVenture series, we knew we had something special on our hands - the initial response from gamers around the world was overwhelming," wrote Shadowgate co-creator Karl Roelofs in a recent press release. "The past few years we have been hard at work re-building and updating the Shadowgate experience and cannot wait to inspire, challenge, and terrify an entire new generation of players."
For those too young to recall Shadowgate, we can best describe the game as a first-person, point-and-click adventure, not unlike the recent Legend of Grimrock. What sets Shadowgate apart, however, is the seemingly cruel joy the game takes in dispatching players. Open the wrong door and suddenly a ghost has melted your face as if you were a Nazi eyeing the Ark of the Covenant. In an era when nearly all on-screen action was depicted by brief boxes of text, Shadowgate managed to instill real terror in players - a feat that many developers struggle with to this day.
Though this revived incarnation of Shadowgate won't be released until this Summer, the developers have already opened pre-orders on their official site. There are a number of pre-order options available, from the $15 Wayfarer edition which solely offers access to the game, to the $25 Hero edition which offers the game alongside a soundtrack, calendar, entry to the ongoing Shadowgate beta test and quite a bit more. For full details, see the Shadowgate pre-order page.