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Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (DOS)

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The Dark Army is on the move again, led by the evil sorceress Scotia. Her goal is obvious: to destroy Gladstone Keep and its ruler King Richard. Scotia herself has recently become more powerful after acquiring "the Mask" from the Urban Mines, gaining the ability to shape-shift. She is virtually unstoppable and able to infiltrate Gladstone Keep, poisoning King Richard. If it were not for the intervention of Sorceress Dawn, this monarch would surely be dead. In order to find a cure for the King's illness, a band of heroes must set out on an adventure, and keep themselves alive from the Dark Army forces.

Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos is a real-time dungeon-crawling role-playing game viewed from first-person perspective. Players begin by choosing one of the four available protagonists: the Dracoid Ak'shel (high magic power), the Huline Kieran (high speed), and two humans: Michael (high strength) and Conrad (balanced character). Each has their weaknesses and strengths, but all abilities in the game can be eventually upgraded.

Much of the game consists of exploring pseudo-3D maze-like dungeons. Most of them contain secret areas and it is sometimes necessary to solve puzzle to advance. Real-time combat involves clicking on either attack or magic icon for each character. Depending on their speed attribute they will need a certain amount of cooldown time before the player can activate them again. Point-and-click interface allows interaction with some background objects, sometimes eliciting comments from the protagonist or his companions.

The game does not feature manual character development, introducing instead a semi-automatic form of leveling up, where skills of the hero and the companions are divided into Fighting, Magic and Rogue skills. Each skill level will increase when killing enemies using a particular type of attack: melee weapons increase the Fighting skills, magic increases the Magic skill, and ranged weapons increase the Rogue skills. In the course of the game players will form a party of up to three heroes in the quest for the cure. The player is able to equip these characters with new weapons and armor in a "paper doll" styled interface. The CD version includes full speech.


Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Intro Animation
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Magical duel between Dawn and Scotia
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Watch out for the holes in the floor, you can end up one or more levels down
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS The Ruby of Truth reveals Scotia's true form

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗王座" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Lands of Lore: Kaosu no Gyokuza" -- Japanese manual title
  • "Lands of Lore: Chaos Na Tronie" -- Polish title
  • "ランズオブロア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Like Diet Coke, only much better אולג 小奥 (170795) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A wonderful and magically innocent combination of fantasy and fairy-tale worldwideweird (54) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Finally, on their own grounds MAT (74307) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A very well designed RPG that lacks proper atmosphere and gameplay rules Optimus (80) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Fun adventure, the best of the series Thohan (19) unrated
A fascinating Eye of the Beholder-style game. ^LutheR^ (115) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
I wish my sound would work on my old PC so I could play it again Cyric (50) unrated
An excellent Dungeon Master style game, that actually has very few dungeons. Chris Martin (1098) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
An adventuress, spine tingling game with many creatures and puzzles. Jess Private (2) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

The Press Says Jun 06, 2011 10 out of 10 100
The DOS Spirit Dec 22, 2009 5.5 out of 6 92
Joystick (French) Mar, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Quandary Nov, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Just Adventure 1998 B 75
PC Review UK Jun, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Legendra Apr 25, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70


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Two Versions were released: A Disk version and a CD-ROM. The CD-ROM version features voice-acting.


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Best Male Voice-Over Acting (for Patrick Stewart for his role as King Richard)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #68 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

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Chris Martin (1098) added Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (DOS) on Feb 10, 2000
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