As the last of the Line of Kings, only you possess the power to prevent the
evil Warlock Lord from raising the Behemoth and unleashing it upon the land.
Your quest lies within the Castle Shadowgate with its secret passageways,
collapsing floors, and armed creatures. Your courage and wisdom will see you
through... but a good sword might be helpful.
Names of controller parts and operationg instructions
Only controller 1 is used for this game.
Used to move pointer on screen.
Used to get hints.
Used to start the game and to get hints once the game has started.
Used to make a selection with the pointer. Also used to read the next part of
How to play:
Starting the Game:
When the castle gate appears, press START to begin the game.
Choosing the File:
After pressing START to begin the game, you will see a list of three possible
FILES. When you first begin your quest, each of these files will be marked
NEW indicating that each is a new quest. As you advance through the game, you
may save your current position so that you can resume your game at a later
The three files let up to three different players pursue their own quests. Use
the control pad to move the sword to the file you would like to use. Since
this is a new game, you will now see the castle entrance before you.
You must explore the depths of the castle and prevent the evil Warlock Lord
from bring darkness upon the land. If you are unfortunate enough to be killed
in your quest, you will have the option of resuming your quest where you left
Playing the Game:
Your game screen is made up of several windows.
Use the control pad to move the pointer on screen. Press the A button to make
THE VIEW WINDOW:
As you move through the castle, the View window will show your current
location. In this window you can see any doors or objects that may be of use.
THE COMMAND WINDOW:
The Command window lets you manipulate objects in the View window. To execute
a command, move the pointer to your chosen command and press the A button. The
box next to the command will be filled. Next, move the pointer to the object
in the View window you would like the command to act upon and press the A
button. The Command window will sometimes be replaced with a text window
giving you valuable information. To read the next part of any message, press
the A button.
For example, to examine the door to the castle, move the pointer to the LOOK
command in the Command window and press the A button.
Next, move the pointer so that it is over the door in the View window and
press the A button. The Command window will then be temporarily replaced with
a description of the door.
You can press the A button when you are done reading the description. This
will bring back the Command window. The LOOK command will still be selected so
you can continue to examine other objects by pointing to them and pressing the
A button. The other commands can be used in the same manner.
Below is a description of each of the available commands.
This command allows you to examine objects in the View window. This is the
best way to get information as you explore the castle. It will help you
determine which objects are important.
Use this command to pick up an object. After taking an object, it will appear
on your Goods card (more on this later).
Used to open doors, boxes, and other containers. This can also be used to open
secret passageways. Remember to open doors before trying to go through them.
Used to close objects that have been opened.
This command lets you use an object that you are carrying. The objects you are
carrying are listed on your Goods card. To use an object, first choose the USA
command. Next, move the pointer to the object you want to use in your Goods
card and press the A button. If this object is to be used on another object,
you can then move the pointer into the View window to choose the object that
should be actec upon. In this way you can use a spear against a creature for
example. This command is also useful for consuming food or drink.
Use this command to strike a forceful blow against a creature or object.
This command lets you try to drop an object at your current location. You can
do this to lighten your load or to discard an item that is no longer of use.
Use this command to cast spells and talk to creatures you may encounter during
This command permits you to move through the castle. To use the Move command,
first move the pointer to the Move command and press the A button. You can
then specify where you would like to move by positioning the pointer over one
of the available exits. Available exits are shown in the box below the Move
command. This is a top down view of your present location. You may also
specify where to move by moving the pointer to the desired exit in the View
window and pressing the A button. Each time you move to a new location, you
will be given a description of your surroundings.
The Card window shows you an inventory of the items you are carrying. Only one
card in the stack is visible at a time. You can use the Up and Down arrow
boxes to chance cards.
THE SELF BOX:
The Self box lets you use an object on yourself. For example, to put on a coat
first choose the USE command. Next, choose the coat from the Goods card. You
will then be asked what the coat should be used on. You can then point to the
Self box and press the A button. In this way, you can put on the coat.
THE SAVE COMMAND:
You can save your current status by selecting the Save command. This will
allow you to resume your quest at another time.
If you get stuck, you can press the START or SELECT button. If any hints are
available they will be given in a text window. When you are done reading the
hint, press the A button to go back to the Command window.
Resuming a Saved Game:
You may resume a saved game at any later time. After pressing the START button
to begin your quest, choose the FILE to which you had previously saved your
game. You will then be given three choices:
CONTINUE lets you resume your previously saved game.
EXIT lets you cancel your choice.
NEW GAME lets you start your quest from the beginning. However, this will
erase your previously svaed game!