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Hillsfar (DOS)

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Description

Play a would-be hero in the city of Hillsfar, where action and adventure await the daring adventurer. Join the local guild and complete missions from the guild master in a quest for glory and gold!

Hillsfar is a single-hero role-playing game (in comparison to other Advanced Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games, where the player usually controls a group of characters). A combination of first person perspective (when traveling in the city of Hillsfar) and third person perspective (usually in some action-style mini-quests) viewpoints.

As a would-be-hero, four classes are available in a randomly generated mission-based plot: fighter, thief, cleric, or magic-user. Each class to a certain extent, have different assigned quests given by each respective guild.

In Hillsfar, gameplay usually consists of various mini-games that are needed to complete the quests or missions provided at the local guild by the guild master. These mini-games (and their viewpoints) include:
  • Fighting in the arena (third person).
  • Competing at the archery range (first person).
  • Exploring buildings or mazes (top-down).
  • Riding a horse outside Hillsfar while avoiding obstacles (third person/side-scrolling).
  • Locking picking doors and chests (first person).
Unlike most role-playing games, there aren't any randomly generated monsters to battle. In Hillsfar, combat only occurs in the arena.

Screenshots

Hillsfar DOS Explore a house
Hillsfar DOS City map
Hillsfar DOS Map overview
Hillsfar DOS Riding to Hillsfar

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User Reviews

A unique and groundbreaking game me thinks. These are the stuff games were made of... Indra is here (19741) 4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars4.67 Stars
It's all about whether you liked the mini-games... John Lucas (13) unrated
its not that great. Wolfang (134) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars

The Press Says

Power Play Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1992 54 out of 100 54

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Trivia

Cover art

The cover artwork, by Clyde Caldwell, was first used two years earlier as the cover to the 1987 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebook #15: The Vanishing City.

Pools of Radiance

While not part of the Pools of Radiance series, you can import your characters from those games into this game.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Role Playing Game in 1989
Information also contributed by Pseudo_Intellectual
Tony Van (2688) added Hillsfar (DOS) on Dec 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Quapil (4741), WildKard (12146), NGC 5194 (17295) and Terok Nor (18823)