After backing over 10 successful Kickstarters this year–two of which were north of $200–I made a deal with myself that I wouldn’t back any more projects in 2012, lest I die alone and penniless on the streets with nothing but a collection of crowdfunded video games and comic books to show for it. But for Shadowgate I will make an exception.
Shadowgate on NES was the very first adventure game I ever played–back before I even knew what an adventure game was. I will never forget my first experience exploring the eerie halls of Shadowgate, each room leading me further into the castle and toward my goal–or to my untimely death. It’s one of the earliest horror video games I can remember playing and used to give me a pretty good scare, especially when the panic music starts playing and there isn’t a torch in sight. (It’s also on my list of Top 10 Favorite Nintendo Game Soundtracks ).
I was psyched when I found out Shadowgate’s creators have taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund an all new version, or “reimagining” of this classic adventure game:
We are proud to announce that we are creating a new Shadowgate ! While we published the original game on over ten different platforms, this Shadowgate is NOT A PORT . It’s a re-imagining that includes a lot of new features, exciting updates and ingenious additions that will add even more to the mythology and expand upon the original story of our fantasy classic. This is the Shadowgate that we always wanted to make and we are thrilled that we have the opportunity to capture the unique excitement of the original while expanding on the world and mythos like never before.
I may be poor this month, but I can swing $15. I think.