If you ever played paper RPG Death Maze, Citadel of Blood or Labirynt Śmierci then you already know this game. DG is a tribute to this RPG (three names but game the same). In Dark Gates you lead your team of 6 heroes into dungeon where they will fight their way through in order to destroy Dark Gates and evil mage who is the master of the dungeon. Main feature of the game is dungeon itself. This is no predefined layout and every time you play, map is always different. Dungeon creates itself as you play. In your quest you will find monsters, magical items, trap, puzzles and treasures. Glory awaits one who destroys Dark Gates and evil mage. Game is in alpha stage, lot's of stuff missing or not working as intended.

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1 comment by Braqoon on Jan 5th, 2015

Dark Gates have finally reached gold! This is a road that have started almost five years ago. Developing a game alongside of full time job, being a dad/husband and everything in between was a challenge in it's own right but a great one. I would like to thank to all supporters who helped a lot in many aspects of development. So without further a do let's see what have been included in 1.0 release.


Finally a background story has been added.

Persistent stats for heroes.

This is a big one. From gold release now all heroes stats are persistent. Let's say you have managed to destroy Dark Gates. Now you can save the game after that and start a new adventure with all the stats carried over from the last game. That also means that who has been killed, stays killed.Additionally if your whole current party have been killed, this no longer means Game Over. If you choose you can continue current adventure with brand new team, assuming you got some heroes still alive :)

Critical hits and maximum hit while using weapons

Each hero while using a weapon can now score a Critical or Max hit. Critical is a 2x damage hit where Max is a maximum amount of damage by given weapon. Each hit will be indicated by a star and a sound queue while hitting an enemy.

Italian Translation

I'm happy to announce an official Italian translation for Dark Gates done by Agata Gubernat.

Italian translation


You love to mod games or are want to see how good you are with your graphic skills? Well Dark Gates can help you here. Game now supports complete theme overhaul. All you need is to copy default theme and start moding. Remember that all filenames needs to stay the same. Game will detect your theme and you will be able to chose it from the options menu.

Bug fixes and other stuff

A big number of bugs have been fixed. Please see change log below to see what has been fixed. Also a new weapon has been added - Mace. Quite deadly if you know how to use it (hint: mastery). Post info fight window is also now added after each fight. Now you can see exactly how much XP each heroes gained and what is your loot

Post fight info

Steam Release

As of 12th of Oct 2014, Dark Gates have been geenlit on Steam. It means that whoever bought Dark Gates before, a key will be available for you (on your platform of choice) as soon Steam version will be available. When you ask? Well, this is my main focus now to get it out on Steam.

New Dark Gates web page

Best way to see what Dark Gates is about is to go to new official games website at http:/darkgates.dfourgames.com.


Release 1.0----------------------------------------------------------------------
New: Story Introduction
New: Persistent stats for heroes.
New: Post fight info
New: Continue adventure even if whole team is lost. Pick a new team. Ultimate game over is when all available heroes in game are dead.
New: Themes are now supported from options menu
New: Italian translation
New: Critical hits and maximum hit while using weapons
New: SFX for claws attack
New: Mace weapon
bugfix: If config.cfg is missing game will not start at first run even if config file has been created.
bugfix: Text overlap on confirmation of exit to main menu from party selection menu in French translation.
bugfix: If you want to reset loaded state, item status does not reset.
bugfix: Melee weapon can be chosen even if three is no adjacent enemies.
bugfix: Correct weapon highlight in fight if first line hero don't have adjacent enemies.
bugfix: After fight if you attacked friendly or scared monster, it will not get removed from map until team will move.
bugfix: missing blank space for secondary weapon if weapon is two handed.
bugfix: If Dark Gates are already placed on the map and game is saved, on return to the dungeon a new Dark Gates can appear if Mirror is explored again.
bugfix: Game crashes when Resurrection spell is being used and no heroes died in current fight.

Ps. Currently you can get Gold release from Desura and Direct Download. Gamers Gate should be this week.

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Draugr Dec 27 2013, 5:50pm says:

I had to get out of the game just to come back here and say..... WTH?!? Unbelievable! GREAT update. Lots of cool features added. I love the combat screen now and the fact that you can see how many hit points the enemy has. I see that more of the combat avatars for the heroes have also been completed.

I've been checking in every few days for a while now hoping for the time to come when I see Dark Gates updated in Desura. Today was that day and when I went to the page I was happy to see a new release and this release is KILLER!

GREAT work Braqoon!

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Dec 26 2013, 8:11pm says:

Release 0.6.0 is out :) Full release info to follow today. Good to know that saves from 0.5.0 are no good (game will brake), sorry.

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Draugr Oct 14 2013, 1:01am says:

New battle area and hero art looks GREAT! Can't wait to play v0.5.0 :)

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Oct 16 2013, 6:38am replied:

Sorry it takes so long. Game is still pending authorisation. I have contacted Desura to see what's going on.

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Oct 11 2013, 9:32pm says:

New release 0.5.0 is off to authorisation. Press release and new trailer to follow. Cheers

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slonovod Sep 25 2013, 3:33pm says:

I`ve just purchased it. When trying to change resolution or make it full screen it is always crashing to desctop. WTF?

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XyNephes Dec 22 2013, 3:41pm replied:

If it crashes when you launch an attack with a hero with total of aglity + mastery of 12 or more then the solution is not to upgrade your heroes above a total of 11, at least in the 0.5.0 version.
The attack roll of the board game is a 1d6 + agility + mastery and the table is limited to 17.
I guess a score of 18 or more makes the crash.

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Dec 23 2013, 10:05am replied:

Hi, yes you are 100% right. 0.6 have this bug already fixed. New release is planned just after Christmas, please stay tuned. Thanks for your support.

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Sep 26 2013, 10:42am replied:

Hi, what OS you are using ? You can change resolution in settings.cfg file as well

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Braqoon Creator
Braqoon Sep 26 2013, 10:51am replied:

Just replied to your message. I hope it helps.

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