BEYOND SHADOWGATE (ICOM SIMULATIONS / VIACOM / T.T.I.)

SUPER CD-ROM 2 (ENGLISH VERSION)

Japanese softhouses created most of the PC-ENGINE games ever released, but some European (Psygnosis) and American (Icom) teams also made a few titles for the PC-ENGINE, some of them only released in Japan (weird, huh?).

Icom Simulations games were usually amazing. Shape Shifter is a great example of Icom's high quality productions, but it can't really be compared to the magnificent Beyond Shadowgate, released only within the US, for the TG-16.

 

Prince Eric is the main character. His father, King Adam, was murdered while Eric was travelling around the world in search of wisdom. Eric returned, then, to his homeland, to meet with your sister Elizabeth, become a king and find out the murderers of his father. Unfortunately, he's arrested by order of Royal Advisor Belezaar, convicted by murder and sentenced to death penalty on guillotine. His mission, now, is to escape from certain death and fight against the evil forces that are, now, in control of the Castle Shadowgate... in resume, the same "good vs evil" old story! :)

 

The common plot doesn't compromise the game at all. Beyond Shadowgate reminds some beautiful AMIGA games a lot, such as "Universe", in which strength and "brain cells" must be wisely used. The game structure is really good, with menus in which you can select special objects and actions, along with the normal character controlling. On action scenes, you can crouch and, also, punch your enemies really hard.

The medieval soundtrack is amazing, the sound effects and dialogues are impecable, some of them really dramatic and others, hilarious. The graphics are UNBELIEVABLE, perhaps the most beautiful ever made on a PC-ENGINE game, pretty similar to paintings, on some areas. In resume, a thrilling game, with some frightening situations and lots of challenging hazards to be surpassed.

  

This is certainly one of the greatest PC-ENGINE games ever made, and an absolute masterpiece from Icom!

 

Marcelo Reis

 

UNIVERSO PC-ENGINE

Graphics

100%

Playability

97%

Musics and Sound Effects

95%

Interest

100%

OVERALL

98%

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