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The Legend of Kyrandia (DOS)

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Description

The Legend of Kyrandia is the first in a trilogy of adventure games by Westwood. In this game the player controls Brandon, grandson of Kallak - a wizard of the realm of Kyrandia. Malcolm, a psychotic jester imprisoned in the past by Kallak, has broken free and wishes to take over the land as well as lay down his revenge. He turns Kallak into stone leaving him with only his eyes, so that Kallak is not denied his tears for Kyrandia's sake.

This is where Brandon steps in; returning home shortly afterwards only to find that his grandfather has been turned into stone, Brandon is being told by a messenger from the Realm of the Land that he has been chosen to embark on a journey that will rid this realm of Malcolm and his evil. He has to prove himself not only a hero, but a worthy heir to the crown and ultimately of becoming a king.

Throughout the journey Brandon will collect many items and also learn how to master magic. Available spells include disappearing, healing yourself, summoning ice upon fire and shifting into a wisp. Interaction with the environment is confined to highlighted items, and a single cursor is used for all actions, without differentiating precise commands.

Screenshots

The Legend of Kyrandia DOS The labyrinth again - most rooms are either dark caves (you will be killed if you walk there without a light source) or dark caves with fireberry bushes, this is one of 7 "special" rooms
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Outside Brandon's Home
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Why's everything so big here?
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Oooh, a purple dragon!

Alternate Titles

  • "דברי ימי קירנדיה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Kyrandia 1" -- Informal title
  • "Fables & Fiends - The Legend of Kyrandia, book one" -- Alternate/informal title
  • "키란디아의 전설 " -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

If you like fairytale-like adventures, you'll probably love this Nowhere Girl (1492) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A great alternative to the King's Quest series *Katakis* (37809) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
A gorgeous fable with mesmerizing music for your gaming pleasure! Roger Wilco (1113) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
A true classic that Westwood deserves Dwin1118 (22) 3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars3.75 Stars
Impressive looking, but poorly designed adventure tomimt (339) 2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars2.4 Stars
A decent, solid adventure game. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit Jun 20, 2007 6 out of 6 100
Power Play Oct, 1992 86 out of 100 86
Adventure Gamers Jul 22, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adventure Advocate Jan 21, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Techtite 2000 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft 1993 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker Sep, 1992 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) Jul, 1993 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) Jul, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks Jun, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

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Trivia

CD version

The CD version adds speech and support for Windows 3.x (albeit completely identical to the DOS version).

Development

The Legend of Kyrandia is based on the text adventure Kyrandia: Fantasy World of Legends, a BBS game. It was designed and programmed by Scott Brinker and Richard Skurnick in 1988, and based on multiplayer interactive game concepts by Tim Stryker.

According to Rick Gush, Mike Legg and Brett Sperry played the game online, bought the rights to the game and were sued later on by the person who sold the game to them, but after several years the court case was decided in favor of them.

The game introduced a single-icon cursor for all actions, and Brett Sperry and Louis Castle, thinking that this was their secret weapon, presented a demo of the game to Ken Williams. But Ken showed them King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder which was in development then. It had its own new icon-driven interface, so it was a big letdown moment. Ken liked the game though and asked them if they want to sell Westwood to Sierra, but at that moment they preferred their freedom and control.

Extras

The Legend of Kyrandia CD-ROM version came with a free poster based on a painting by Roger Loveless.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #2 Best Adventure in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #88 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Adventure in 1992
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #3 Best Adventure in 1992
Information also contributed by game nostalgia and Roger Wilco

Related Web Sites

  • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for The Legend of Kyrandia, pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, full credits with shots and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, various goodies, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs.)
  • Kyrandia Shrine - Germany (An Fan Site of the Kyrandia Trilogy. Only in German.)
  • ScummVM (Get "The Legend of Kyrandia", as well as many other adventure games, to run on modern systems by using ScummVM, a legal and free program.)
  • Walkthrough on Gamer Grand Central (No frills step-by-step walkthrough)
Tomer Gabel (4388) added The Legend of Kyrandia (DOS) on Nov 07, 1999
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