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Shannara (DOS)

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Description

The game is based on the Shannara fantasy novels by Terry Brooks.

The protagonist of the game is Jak Ohmsford, whose father, Shea, is a legendary hero who once defeated the evil warlock Brona. The druid Allanon tells Jak that Brona has returned, and the only way to defeat him - beside wielding the legendary sword of Shannara - is to travel to the lands of different races populating the world, and convince them to put their differences aside and join forces to defeat Brona. On his long journey, Jak will meet many characters from different races, and embrace his heroic destiny by making the toughest decisions of his life.

Shannara is an adventure game with the same interface as Death Gate, derived from earlier interactive fiction games by Legend Entertainment. The game is viewed from first-person perspective, and the navigation (beside traveling on the world map) is done by "jumping" from screen to screen, rather than by physically moving the protagonist. The game has inventory-based puzzles and extended conversation trees with many dialogue options.

The game has some elements taken from RPGs, such as top-down world-map traveling and occasional turn-based battles. However, there is no real role-playing system in the game (statistics, experience points, levels, etc.). The battles serve to emphasize the danger of traveling the wilderness, or appear as story-related events; sometimes, they are treated like puzzles, with specific actions leading to victory.

Although the main playable character is Jak Ohmsford, other characters travel with the hero, forming a "party". These characters have their own inventory and abilities, which must be used sometimes to solve the game's puzzles.

Screenshots

Shannara DOS Boss battle. Hang in there, guys!
Shannara DOS What, an elf attacks us? That can't be good. The party is seriously injured.
Shannara DOS Ah, the golden days of adventure games... Those games let you tried silly things and reacted to your stupidity. Here, you attempt to stab king Menion with a knife without any reason whatsoever.
Shannara DOS Jak finds himself in a weird dream-like full-motion video sequence.

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User Reviews

Charming tale with elegant gameplay Oleg Roschin (164803) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A game of two halves Claire White (2) unrated

The Press Says

Just Adventure May 01, 2002 A 100
Joystick (French) Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Mar, 1996 79 out of 100 79
GameBoomers 2003 76 out of 100 76
Just Adventure 1996 B 75
GameSpot May 08, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Quandary Jan, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1996 68 out of 100 68
High Score May, 1996 2 out of 5 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
The Sword of Shannara book 3 sabreman (5)
Aug 20, 2007

Trivia

Some versions of the game (a sort of collector's edition, but there's nothing written on the box itself) shipped in a bigger carton box which also contained a paperback re-issue of "The Sword of Shannara" book by Terry Brooks.

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Istari (332) added Shannara (DOS) on Jan 30, 2001