Shadowgate is an excellent classic adventure game from ICOM Simulations. In this game you play a brave young warrior who has been sent by the king to find an evil wizard and stop him from unleashing a great evil upon the land. It sounds a lot simpler than it is. This is one of those games where you're going save a lot. Shadowgate, honestly, must be the deadliest castle in the history of games about castles, there's a handful of ways to die in just about every room! Because of this, some people might find the game frustrating.
All in all, though, the greater challenge makes for a feeling of accomplishment when you've just solved a really tough part of the game.
The graphics are pretty good for the time, in which the game was created. Monsters look fierce and deadly, rooms are well-done and very interesting to explore. You really get the feeling that you're wandering around inside a spooky old castle in the middle of the night. The game works on a point and click interface, and many of the objects you find can be picked up. There's a list of verbs such as "use" and "open," and your inventory is made up of pictures of what you've picked up, so it's a pretty easy interface to
get used to and work with.
The gameplay is a lot of fun. You start out at the entrance of the castle, and right away you have puzzles to solve. The rooms are described in a text box below the room window and the inventory window, as well as everything you examine. There are plenty of secret passageways and locked doors, with hidden keys to keep you exploring and wondering, where to go next. There are scrolls scattered around which have clues to puzzles, bits of interesting story, and occasionally spells which will help you on your quest. Many traps are set all over the place, some of which are downright sinister, so like I said you're going to want to save pretty often.
Overall, I'd recommend this game to anyone, who likes a good point and click adventure and a good tough challenge.