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The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate (DOS)

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Description

In the first part of this trilogy, Brandon, soon to be a king and only heir to the throne, determined to stop the evil jester Malcolm. Now, Kyrandia is disappearing. The high council found the cure for that - the anchor from the center of the world. When the young sorceress Zanthia comes to that anchor, she realizes it is not the answer. Her friend Marco is in possession of a giant hand, and it looks like that hand is responsible for the sabotage. Now, Zanthia must save Kyrandia before everything else vanishes without a trace.

Hand of Fate is the second installment in the Kyrandia series. The gameplay is similar to that of the previous game. Interaction is possible only with highlighted objects on the screen, and is reduced to a single cursor, without the distinction of separate commands. There are also no branching dialogues. Many of the puzzles involve picking up ingredients and concocting magic spells out of them.

Screenshots

The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate DOS The ferry man is a fairy.
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate DOS Something's fishy - a Kyrandian prison
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate DOS Main menu
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate DOS At Yeti's place (Polish version)

Alternate Titles

  • "Kyrandia II: The Hand of Fate" -- FM Towns title
  • "Kyrandia 2" -- Informal title
  • "Fables & Fiends - The legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate, book two" -- Post-trilogy title

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User Reviews

Rather shallow, despite the occasional charm אולג 小奥 (168989) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The weakest of the Kyrandia series OceansDaughter (106) 1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars1.8 Stars
Save the world from the walking glove! Robert Pragt (26) unrated
Uniquely Wonderful Tom Ryan (2) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1994 12 out of 12 100
The DOS Spirit Nov 04, 2006 6 out of 6 100
Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Joystick (French) Jun, 1994 93 out of 100 93
PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Aventura y Cía Jul 10, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
MikroBitti Mar, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Adventure Gamers Oct 14, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Jan, 1994 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) May, 1998 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

References

  • After Zanthia meets the Hand on the rainbow bridge, the costume she changes into is the same one worn by Sylvester Stallone in Rambo.
  • It has been suggested over on Wikipedia that the game's unusual title may well be a reference to the notorious cult movie (much-beloved of MST3K) Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966).

Version differences

The game was also released on CD-ROM. This version has full speech throughout the game, although the game is similar to the earlier disk release.

Information also contributed by OceansDaughter and Pseudo_Intellectual

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MAT (72560) added The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate (DOS) on Feb 17, 2000
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