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Shannara (DOS)

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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.


Shannara DOS Dialogue options with Shella
Shannara DOS This is Davio, the old elf geek. He spends time playing adventure games made by Legend. Or something similar.
Shannara DOS A beautiful elven city. Everything would be cool if the fountain didn't have a hole. How careless.
Shannara DOS Jak is having a nightmare in which Brona tells him: "I am your father". Wait... no, actually he doesn't. The looks got me confused.

Alternate Titles

  • "沙拉那之剑" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)

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User Reviews

Charming tale with elegant gameplay Cor 13 (174226) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A game of two halves Claire White (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure May 01, 2002 A 100
Joystick (French) Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Jan, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Mar, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Just Adventure 1996 B 75
GameSpot May 08, 1996 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1996 68 out of 100 68
Game Revolution May 06, 2004 C- 42
High Score May, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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


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