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The Legacy: Realm of Terror (DOS)

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The year is 1993. The protagonist's ancestors, the Winthrops, have obviously dealt with black magic and perhaps even pacts with the demons. Now their mansion is invaded by horrifying creatures, and it is up to the brave hero(ine) to venture inside, solve the mystery, and above all - survive.

The Legacy: Realm of Terror is a role-playing game with adventure elements. The player navigates the protagonist through the 3D locations of the mansion from first-person perspective. The environment must be explored, and items procured in order to solve puzzles and advance in the game.

Beside these adventure game features, the game plays like a RPG, with character customization, equipment, and combat. The player can select one of the eight pre-made characters (four male, four female) to control in the game. Characters' attributes and skills are divided into three categories, which correspond to pure physical traits, supportive techniques (such as healing), and dexterity in usage of firearms and smaller melee weapons.

The player relies on magic spells in combat; those can be acquired and upgraded from spell pages found in the game world. There are offensive, supportive, and restorative spells in the game. Resting, consuming food, and even meditating affects the player character's condition as well.

Combat takes place in the same environment as exploration, utilizing a real-time system, which requires the player to quickly select commands ("Aim" and "Hit" for weapon attacks, and the corresponding spell icons for magic).


The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS She's just mad because I took her tiara... pfff
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS There's even an ancient Egiptian tomb in this house!
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS Aghh!! Zombies!
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS How's it hanging dude?

Alternate Titles

  • "The Legacy" -- European title
  • "Haunted House" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Probably the best "survival horror" game ever made - years before the genre was named weregamer (157) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
This game had quite a bit of potential OceansDaughter (106) unrated
A terrific horror game that did just about everything right. Rob Von Strahd (7) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Boring, super-tough, yet somehow entertaining challenge. Simon Kavanagh (6) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Lot of fun Tony Van (2681) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
PC Joker Dec, 1992 86 out of 100 86
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Dec, 1992 10 out of 12 83
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Dec, 1992 77 out of 100 77
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) May, 1993 70 out of 100 70


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Cancelled Amiga version

An Amiga AGA conversion was in development for a while.

Collector's Edition

RadioShack released a Collector's Edition of this game in a black box with only The Legacy: Realm of Terror in red font on the box. Inside, the manual and disks were covered in fake spider webs. There was also a small white plastic disk that activated when the box was opened which would “moan” and make other scary sounds.


The storyline of The Legacy (and particularly the grim Victorian house where the game takes place) was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's tales.


Upon successful completion, The Legacy created a small binary file WINNER.INF and informed the player that the file should be kept. The contents of the file seem to indicate that it was intended for use in a planned sequel, to import the victorious player's character - unfortunately, no sequel was ever made.


The opening, title, and ending cinematic sequences were stored in a common animation format and were not hidden, encrypted, or otherwise obscured. This made viewing them very easy.

Information also contributed by Jaromir Krol, Martin Smith and saladpuncher

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Tony Van (2681) added The Legacy: Realm of Terror (DOS) on Jan 09, 2000