Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva (DOS)

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Orcs have overrun the countryside of the small coast town of Riva. A dwarven mine in the countryside has been occupied by a mysterious orc chieftain who seems to be of an unusually high intelligence. For an inexplicable reason, the city authorities refuse to acknowledge the danger. And rumors of a group of traitors in the city's slum districts surface. A party of adventures arrives in the town and tries to investigate these troublesome occurrences.

Shadows over Riva is the third and final part in the Realms of Arkania trilogy, and the only one shipped exclusively on CD-ROM and featuring SVGA graphics as well as a smooth-scrolling 3D world. All other aspects of the game are very similar to its predecessors: the player generates a party of characters of various classes, roams the game world from a first-person view, and engages in turn-based combat displayed on separate isometric screens. Changes mostly include fine-tuning such a more streamlined inventory management and integration of area graphics into battle screens.

Unlike its predecessors, the game is set entirely in the town of Riva and its immediate surroundings. The prominent traveling-related gameplay features of the series are therefore reduced in this installment. However, the town itself is noticeably larger than any settlement in the previous games and acts as a hub locations connecting various areas. Full-screen hand-drawn cutscenes serve to advance the plot.

Screenshots

Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS Another SVGA screen. Notice the clichés ;)
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS Battling the mage and his unholy beasts.
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS The surrounding is now incorporated into the battle map.
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS Intro: the Citadel

Alternate Titles

  • "巫術闇影" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "La sombra sobre Riva" -- Spanish Title
  • "DSA 3" -- Common German abbreviation
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Schatten über Riva" -- German title
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Die Nordland-Trilogie Teil III - Schatten über Riva" -- German tag-lined title

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One of the best RPGs ever made - a spiritual successor to Betrayal at Krondor Alex Z (1386) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Jul 31, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Quandary Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot Jun 04, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
Power Play Jan, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Game.EXE May, 1997 70 out of 100 70
Gamesmania.de 1996 70 out of 100 70
Imperium Gier Mar 10, 1999 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

A fourth game in the Das Schwarze Auge series called Armalion was almost released, until publisher Ikarion had to quit business due to financial difficulties. The source code may have been released under another name, maybe even as freeware (that is what the Ikarion guys told me). A link with a gameplay trailer can be found in the related links section.

Related Web Sites

  • A video of Armalion (This is promotional video of the never released game Armalion. )
  • DSA - Die Nordlandtrilogie (mostly German) (The biggest German fan-page of the Realms of Arkania Trilogy. Contains just about everything you need to about the trilogy. Maps, items, bug lists, patches, tips and tips & tricks, etc... It probably is the most complete database about the trilogy on the web. Unfortunately the the site is in German, but there is some effort at the moment to translate the major parts into English. Already done are the maps.)
Alexander Schaefer (2317) added Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva (DOS) on Mar 08, 2001
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