Ishar: Legend of the Fortress (Amiga)

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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress is the sequel to the Crystals of Arborea. Morgoth and Morgula, the black god and his witch wife who were defeated in the previous game, had a child, Krogh. Their evil progeny is based in the fortress Ishar, which means "unknown" in the elven tongue, and has plans to reduce to population of Kendoria to slavery.

The player takes the role of a traveler who, with the aid of up to five companions, battles through the fortress to defeat Krogh and stop the spread of the powers of chaos. Unlike its predecessor, Ishar is viewed entirely from first-person perspective, and its combat is real-time rather than turn-based.


Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Amiga Map view
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Amiga Title
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Amiga Credits
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Amiga Second dungeon

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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Ishar I" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

CU Amiga Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Mania Sep, 1992 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jun, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Action Jul, 1992 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Power Jul, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Format Aug, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jul, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Amiga Joker Sep, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Games Oct, 1992 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker May, 1993 69 out of 100 69


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Savegame system

Ishar was probably the game with the most annoying savegame system ever: if you wanted to save, you needed to pay some gold for it (I believe it was 100 GP). And believe me - it was nearly impossible to get that much in the beginning of the game, so you could either leave your machine switched on for days, play until you got enough or - well, just quit.

Two releases on Amiga and Atari ST

There are two releases of Ishar on Amiga. The original in 16 colors and the AGA (amiga chipset) in 256 colors. The second is the better release of Ishar because they have fixed bugs so now, you can run quickly in all directions and not only screen by screen.

On Atari ST computers there were two releases as well: while the 16 colors version was runnable on all ST machines, the 256 colors version was only supporting the Atari Falcon.


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #27 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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