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SummaryTimeless classic for the hardcore old school RPG gamers
The GoodI remember paying almost 70 dollars for this game when it was released on the C-64 and it was the best recreation of AD&D paper n pen game until Baldur's Gate was released. This game was EXTREMELY difficult, we even had the official clue-book and it was still tough. This game demanded patients and the will to explore vast regions with little success of completely covering every inch of the region.
The game drops you off in Phlan and BAM! You're on your own to go which ever way you want and do what ever you please. Thats what I loved about these SSI goldbox games, they didn't hold your hand while you sucked your thumb through the whole game.... no no no... these games were for people who loved a challenge. If you don't believe me, remember the Sokal Keep battle? like 6 huge waves of Orcs and Kobalds.... that battle alone took me more than an hour and died many times.
This game and all in it's series were extremely faithful to the 2nd AD&D rules which is a huge plus in my book. The graphics and sounds were amazing for what the C-64 was capable of. I wish I could give you an exact amount of gameplay hours this game contained but its just not possible. There is lots you can skip and lots you can't. Leveling up is that of a miracle, it happens only about 7 times if you are a fighter. Which in other words means, THIS GAME IS TOUGH. But when is it not tough when your highest level party member is only 7th level max??
The city of Phlan and all of the regions surrounding it are enormous and leaves players with hours upon hours of exploration time. This is a classic RPG and really the best SSI goldbox AD&D game ever created. Only until Baldur's Gate was there a game that compared in my opinion.
The BadI think any complaint I had about this game was more of a complaint about the C-64's performance than the game itself. Loading time, disk swapping etc.... all of which aren't the game designers fault rather the fault lies on the technology at the time. This was greatly improved with the release of the IBM AT/XT version (DOS version)