Challenge of the Five Realms (DOS)

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Description

Subtitled Spellbound in the World of Nhagardia, this Microprose title came out the same year as their more popular work, Darklands. It is a top-down 256-color VGA role-playing game with a few unique twists.

As Prince of Alonia, the player controls a party of up to 10 (!) characters, battling the evil lord Grimnoth in a standard fantasy setting. The game features "Ultima-style" character generation, in which the player's answers to situational questions help determine the protagonist's character type (diplomat, warrior, thief, or wizard) and attributes. An immense number of skills and attributes, akin to that of Daggerfall, add variety to the gameplay, allowing puzzles to be solved in different ways. Dawdling endlessly in side quests to build up your party is not a good idea, as the player has 100 days to stop the encroaching Plague of Darkness, whose spread is shown graphically in the interface.

Under the "PAL system", characters not only have their own personalities (aggressive, cowardly), but will speak up and volunteer for tasks they are best-suited to perform (e.g., lockpicking, bribery).

Screenshots

Challenge of the Five Realms DOS Intro: uh-oh... this doesn't look good.
Challenge of the Five Realms DOS Ultima-style, answer questions to determine your stats.
Challenge of the Five Realms DOS Our hero awakens.
Challenge of the Five Realms DOS Draw your own face?  A nice option to have... now if only I had a modicum of artistic talent 8)

Alternate Titles

  • "Challenge of the Five Realms: Spellbound in the World of Nhagardia" -- Tag-lined title

User Reviews

A sleeper hit. Jeremy Johnson (737) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Nothing to write home about. Tiamat (18) unrated

Critic Reviews

PC Player (Germany) May, 1993 60 out of 100 60
PC Joker Apr, 1993 58 out of 100 58

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Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) –#14 Worst Back Story of All Time

S. Fleischauer (58) added Challenge of the Five Realms (DOS) on Jul 22, 2000
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