takes place in the magical land of Dilmun, an island of salvation perverted into a world of horror by Namtar (as you might expect - the bad guy).
The player starts with a party of four in the city of Purgatory, equipped with nothing more than.. well - nothing. Worst of all your magic users won't help you out, either, because magic has been banned (to correct this unpleasing situation is one of your main objectives).
Other main targets are surviving, getting out of Purgatory and toppling Namtar (maybe getting some decent clothing, one or two shiny swords and the like on your way out).
Gameplay instantly reminds of the Bard's Tale
series. Step-by-step first person 3D, opponents materialize out of the air. The combat system is turn based.
Unlike its (spiritual?) predecessors the game features a full-blown skill system, auto-mapping and many places to actually use all these abilities.
Reasonable distribution of your skill points is rather critical.
- "The Bard's Tale IV" -- Working title
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was developed as The Bard's Tale IV
, but three months before release the name had to be dropped. Interplay replaced Electronic Arts with Mediagenic as their publisher and Electronic Arts owned the Bard's Tale
name. It was decided to rename the game to Dragon Wars
, even though there were no dragons in the game. The developers had to rewrite the story so it would fit the new title.
The player may transfer (import) previously made character(s) from Tales of the Unknown: Volume I - The Bard's Tale
and The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight
into Dragon Wars
. Transferring characters will unfortunately delete the previously saved game. Click on the file dwtran.com
to transfer characters.
Purgatory, the starting city in the game, comes from a legend or a myth referring to a place between earth and hell.
Some of the names used in the game have a meaning if spelled backwards. Though it may be coincidental, there are numerous names that are used in this manner, among others:
Information here was also contributed by Late and Zzap.
- Namtar, the bad guy's name read backwards is "Ratman".
- Another name used in the game, Lanac'toor, read backwards is "Root Canal".