Shadowgate, a point and click adventure from 1987, is getting re-imagined by the original creators. They launched their Kickstarter funding campaign today with hopes of bringing a new, epic version of the first person fantasy adventure to Mac, PC, and mobile.
Zojoi Games is excited about this new project claiming this re-boot is the game “we always wanted to make” and that “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.”
Right now, after a less than a day on Kickstarter, the project has already raised $12,394 from 423 backers. The campaign will run until November 25, and hopes to raise a total of $120,000.
Some features in the new Shadow gate include more than 60 unique rooms, tons of new puzzles that seamlessly expand on the original game, and intuitive command-based UI allowing deep environmental interaction. The game will also feature a full, digitally orchestrated soundtrack by composer Rich Douglas as well as a second 8-bit retro soundtrack. All of the sound design will be “atmospheric and puzzle based.”
The flawless first person adventuring and great story telling that made the original Shadowgate a success will return in full force. There will also be environmental and object specific animation that will bring the locations to life.
Are you a fan of what may be the “grandaddy of all ‘point and click’ fantasy adventure games?” Want to help fund this ambitious project? Zojoi has come up with a long list of personally designed rewards with fantasy fans in mind. Donate as much as you want, but the bonuses start flowing at $10 dollars.
For a $10 donantion, you will get a DRM free digital download of the complete and finished game as well as a 5 pack of Shadowgate wallpapers. A $100 donation will get you the game in a never-to-be-made-again collectors edition box specifically for displaying the game, a retro cloth map of the Shadowgate world, a huge poster and all previous rewards. If you want to go all out and have $7,500 to donate, you’ll get the full experience with a weekend trip to meet and hang out with the creators. Actually, each tier of rewards gets something new as well as all the previous gifts.
For those not familiar with Shadowgate, it is a first person adventure game in which you move from room to room through the labyrinths of a castle. You’ll have to stop some baddies, solve some puzzles, and thwart traps set by the evil Warlock Lord. Your quest is to gather all the various objects of power and well as three ancient artifacts. When assembled, these artifacts create the Staff of Ages. This is the only weapon able to stop the dastardly wizard as he tries to unleash the Behemoth, a powerful titan, on the world.
If the re-boot of this classic game tickles your fancy, head over to the official Kickstarter page to make a donation and possibly get some unique, collectable bonuses. Also, take the time to check out this video about the aspirations Zojoi has for the game.