MacVenture (universe)

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The MacVenture logo.

MacVenture is a title used for a series of puzzle video games made by ICOM Simulations, each using the same game engine. As the name suggests, the games were all first released on the Macintosh, but were later ported to various other platforms. Although Déjà Vu is the only game in the series to receive a sequel by the original developers, the game that became the most popular, and went on to become a franchise in its own right was Shadowgate.


I first became aware of the series around 1990 when I saw Shadowgate at a rental store. I didn't get to play it until a little while later, but, when I did, I found the game to be very enjoyable. I later bought the three NES ports of the games and eventually beat all three. I have yet to play Déjà Vu II: Lost In Las Vegas.


Video Games

In total, four unique titles were released in the series. These games were ported to a number of platforms. A compilation game was also released which combined Déjà Vu I and II.

Title Macintosh Amiga Atari ST Commodore 64 MS-DOS Apple IIgs NES PC-9801 Windows 3 Game Boy Color
Déjà Vu: A Nightmare Comes True!! 1985 1987 1987 1987 1987 1988 1988-11-22 1991-07-21 1991
Uninvited 1986 1987 1987 1988 1988 1988 1989-09-09 1993
Shadowgate 1987 1987 1987 1988 1989 1989-03-31 1993 1999-03-31
Déjà Vu II: Lost In Las Vegas 1988 1989 1989 1990 1989 1991-09-05
Déjà Vu I & II: The Casebooks of Ace Harding 1992 1992 1999

When the games were first ported to other platforms in 1987, the name "MacVenture" was changed to "AmigaVenture," "AtariVenture," and "PCVenture" (for MS-DOS). However, by 1988, this convention was eliminated so there was never a "WindowsVenture."


  • Before Shadowgate is a novella in the Worlds of Power series which acts as an unofficial prequel to the NES port.
  • Short hint books were made for each of the three NES ports.


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