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The creators of Shadowgate are developing a new, epic version of the first-person fantasy adventure smash hit. Help make it happen!
The creators of Shadowgate are developing a new, epic version of the first-person fantasy adventure smash hit. Help make it happen!
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May Update! Pre-sale, Beta and Publisher Announcements!


Hey everyone! 

I know we are a bit late with an update but it has been quite the month – perhaps one of the most interesting since we started the campaign. So, let’s just get into it shall we? 


For the last year or so, we’ve been talking with Reverb Triple XP, a veteran team that helps independent development studios with marketing, PR and distribution. Last month we signed a deal with them and we couldn't be more excited! Establishing a relationship with Reverb allows us to focus on finishing, localizing and porting the game to multiple platforms while not having to spend our time on the marketing and PR - things that they have a ton of experience doing (plus they are all really cool gamers). So, if you hear about Reverb and Shadowgate, you know what’s going on. 


Today we made the game available for pre-order on the Zojoi site! We are allowing new folks to choose from three different tiers. Here’s some info from these tiers:

  • At the lowest per-order tier (Wayfarer: $14.99), we are offering folks a chance to get the game at 25% off for a limited time only.
  • At the middle pre-order tier (Adventurer: $19.99), we are offering folks our wallpapers including a new set – the Grim Reaper series. Because you are awesome, we have already uploaded these to everyone backer's Humble account. If you don’t see them, just email us at and we'll get it sorted. ^_^
  • The highest per-order tier (Hero: $24.99) offers folks everything previously mentioned plus a extra stuff including becoming a beta tester if they wish (we are looking to officially start testing sometime around May 16). So, to be fair, we think it's only right to extend that offer to our Novice (and up) backers as well. Testing will help us find bugs, add features/tweaks and will also get your name in the credits as an official tester. Please go to and sign up! Note, it will require that you have a Steam account. 
  • Also, the Hero tier contains VanSantho's headbanging metal suite. So, if you were a Novice backer ($30 and up), we added the Metal tune to your Humble account as well. Again, if you don't see it, email us.
  • If you would, please post, tweet, email, etc. about the pre-orders! We really want to spread the word about this new re-imagined Shadowgate! You can just send folks to
Charon, the boatman, beckons you to help spread the word about Shadowgate!
Charon, the boatman, beckons you to help spread the word about Shadowgate!


This last month has seen a TON of fixes and additions of features and animations. Sarah has posted a video below of two of the features (In-game and Steam-based achievements and room transitions) but here is a more exhaustive list:

  • Tutorial is now fully functional
  • Full Steam Integration
  • 45 Achievements added (in-game and Steam)
  • Screen Effects for room transitions, being cursed, teleporting, hitting, earthquake, etc.
  • Hint scripting for Master Difficulty level
  • All final Thyself displays (all weapons, clothing, death, etc.)
  • Final win scenario scripting
  • Final Death scripting
  • Final Hidden Death scripting
  • Added lots of missing sound effects
  • Tons of Animation fixes
  • End of game animations and effects
  • Tweaks to various pop-up text boxes
  • Map level selection 
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We are very excited about wrapping things up and getting our Beta phase underway. The game is coming along nicely and we know you will enjoy the final product. 

Again, please let people know about the pre-orders and if you are eligible and willing to help test, please sign up for the Beta testing since we can definitely use your help! 

Thanks again for supporting us!!!

The Zojoi Team


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    1. Zojoi 2-time creator on May 20, 2014

      @all - We're working on getting the beta out before the weekend as we finalize the Steam part. Thanks!

    2. CecilNezuto on May 18, 2014

      Can't wait to be able to start up testing. This game is going to be the best remake, ever.

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      Ismail Saeed on May 16, 2014


      I understand you indicated you'd officially start testing "sometime around May 16th." Just checking if it seems likely to hit that date at the moment, so I know how clear to keep my weekend. :)

      (Oh who am I kidding, right?)

    4. Paul J Natsch on May 14, 2014

      @edward, Thanks. I will do just that. Awesome!

    5. CecilNezuto on May 14, 2014

      @Paul, yes, you can do that. I recently did that exact same thing, myself. Just go on their official website and contact them and Dave or Karl should get back to you on everything. Dave contacted me in regards to it and offered me my $15 as a refund, while still being a backer and having paid for a higher tier, but I told him that even though it was only a small amount, to go ahead and keep the $15, since every bit helps their cause, no matter how small =P

    6. Paul J Natsch on May 14, 2014

      This is looking really great. I played and completed all the original "MacVentures". I remember hearing about a potential 5th MacVenture involving Jack the Ripper and was disappointed when it never materialized. So getting a modern re-imagining of the best of the MacVentures is dream come true.

      I was initially a $15 backer but was wondering if it would be possible to upgrade to that new $24.99 Hero Tier so I qualify for beta access and those other goodies?

      Thanks and keep up the great work!

    7. Zojoi 2-time creator on May 8, 2014

      @Michael - I made a change to the site as someone else saw this at Reverb. Still not sure WHY this fixed it but it did so thanks for the headsup!

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      Michael Marshall on May 8, 2014

      Welp, dunno what the problem was, but everything is working fine now. Must've been something on my end.

      Facebook plugging has intensified.

    9. Brandon Allen-Trick on May 7, 2014

      Damn if this isn't looking awesome. Hearing the classic Shadowgate music play in the background of this clip just instantly threw me back to sitting in front of the TV and playing this game for hours on end as a kid.

      Please hurry! I want to play this so badly!

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      Ismail Saeed on May 6, 2014

      This is an amazing, amazing update. I've been continuously happy with how each time you all update us that there is significant progress to be talked about, and how well things have all gone.

      Last year I was talking to a coworker friend about this Kickstarter after we got on the subject of Kickstarters. He hadn't heard of the original game so I described its structure somewhat and showed him the initial pitch video. It wasn't his thing, but every so often when major things have happened that have excited me I've mentioned them (like seeing the box, to recall one example). Today when I mentioned this update he thought it was really cool that the additional stuff you've thrown up there - wallpapers, music, beta access, and the like - have immediately been added to the rest of us backers as well.

      I'm trying to decide as I write this post whether I want to sign up for the beta program. I'm good at poking at software, but work has been busy enough that I don't know how useful I'd be to make my participation worth your while. I'd want to be able to report some bugs for sure before the beta period ended or at least report the all clear meaning I really didn't find any.

      Anyway, I just wanted to reiterate that this whole time I've been continuously impressed and happy with the updates and progress we've gotten. In this case I'm happy to see that you've got the publisher and are so close to ready that you intend to be doing beta access this month; plus you've clearly started doing the press rounds. In the last month or two I've kept it at the back of my mind that I'll want to make sure I have the time available to play this thing when it comes out, and you just kicked that precautionary impulse into high gear.

      Dave, Karl, and everyone else at Zojoi - I'm very excited for you guys. Congrats on making it this far.

    11. Zojoi 2-time creator on May 6, 2014

      @Michael - If you went to, it should redirect you to Are you still having problems getting in?

    12. ET3D on May 6, 2014

      I just checked the site and looks like the minimum specs are a 2.4ghz processor. I'm planning to run the game on a Bay Trail tablet so I wonder how it will run. I guess I'll wait and see.

      Anyway, always nice to see the progress, and see the release date approaching. Keep up the good work.

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      Michael Marshall on May 6, 2014

      Is it just me, or is the website not working for anyone else? I keep getting shunted to a redirect page.

    14. Zojoi 2-time creator on May 6, 2014

      @all Thanks for the kind comments! We are really excited about where the project is and getting into the bug/polishing stage is pretty awesome!

    15. Tomimt on May 6, 2014

      Great to see that that progress is on a good way as usual. This has always been one of those small budget projects that has managed to amaze me with the constant quality.

    16. ☜☆RSF☆☞ on May 6, 2014

      Heya Zojoi team, what a great update! Definitely sounds exciting & how good does it all look! That's great that you threw in some extras to the various backers. Nicely done & thank you!! I'm hopeful I'll get a chance to do a little bit of play testing for you guys. Any ideas as to how much time you might want us to put in to make it worthwhile for ya? Well, great job Dave, Karl, Sarah and team. Thanks again for the fantastic update & all the time & energy you've all been putting into this!

    17. Jeremie Lariviere
      on May 6, 2014

      Thanks for the great update!

    18. terrisus on May 5, 2014

      Dave, Karl, and everyone over at Zojoi - this is amazing news! All of your hard work and dedication is coming to fruition, and everything is more unbelievable than I ever could have imagined. Everything is looking terrific, and it's so exciting that we can be a part of it. Thank you so much for everything.

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      Ken Burwood on May 5, 2014

      Awesome, thanks for giving us the metal remix! I was hoping we'd get a copy of that at some point!