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Stonekeep (DOS)

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Description

When the insane god Khull-Khuum was rampaging the world, devastating everything on his way, the only person who survived the destruction of the Stonekeep castle was a boy named Drake, saved by a mysterious figure. Years later, Drake returns to the ruins of Stonekeep, and the goddess Thera extracts his spirit so that he might withstand the dangers that await him there. Drake must avenge his past, and find a way to liberate the benevolent gods of the realm.

Stonekeep is a dungeon-crawling role-playing game with real-time combat. The entire game is spent underground. There is no character creation; Drake's initial statistics are pre-set. Over the course of the game, up to three other characters will join the party and help Drake in combat, controlled by the computer AI. Drake becomes stronger by repeatedly fighting with a particular type of weapon. Magic is contained within runes, which must be found and equipped on staves. Spells can also be combined by the player to produce various offensive and supportive effects. The game utilizes digitized pictures and animations of live actors to represent characters.

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Stonekeep DOS Once the water is gone these tentacle monsters are easy to defeat.
Stonekeep DOS Thera welcomes you in the ruins beneath Stonekeep
Stonekeep DOS Our party consists of four members now.
Stonekeep DOS Using a key to unlock a door

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User Reviews

A fun dungeon crawl with great sound, decent graphics, and a pretty good storyline. Mirrorshades2k (273) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
A Dungeon Crawl through a castle cursed by a dark god reborn, and an unlikely hero... Jamie Durbin (3) 3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars3.57 Stars
An epic adventure through the castle of Stonekeep and what lies beyond DOS2DEF (2) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Released over 10 years past its time. PCGamer77 (3028) 1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars1.57 Stars

The Press Says

GameCola.net Sep 27, 2011 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer Games Magazine Nov 27, 1995 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Coming Soon Magazine Mar 14, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer Feb, 1996 77 out of 100 77
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Quandary Jan, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot May 08, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
GameSpot May 08, 1996 6.6 out of 10 66
High Score Mar, 1996 3 out of 5 60

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Trivia

Cancelled sequel

A sequel was in development at Interplay's division Black Isle Studios, with the code-name Project King, but it was cancelled in 2001.

Development

Counting platform shifts, production and development delays, Stonekeep was almost 7 years in development.

German version

In the German version, almost all blood was removed.

Muffins

Included on the CD-ROM is a file called Muffins.txt. It's a Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Muffin recipe.

Novels

The game included a cloth-bound novella entitled Thera Awakening, written by Steve Jackson and David Pulver (you'll notice they were credited in the actual game in the "Special Thanks to" section). Here are the book's credits:The first edition was published October 1995.

Troy Denning wrote a novel called The Oath of Stonekeep that is set in the game's universe. It was published in 1999 and was supposed to take place between events pictured in Stonekeep and its (later cancelled) sequel, a time span of "thousands of years", as the publisher says. There is a clear indication on the book's back cover that the publishers were sure that Stonekeep II will be published for certain. As of 2008, unused books can still be found available for purchase on the internet.

Wahookah

The game's infamous "Wahookah Bug" puzzled Interplay's designers up until the end. It was supposed to be fixed in every updated release, but somehow it never quite was. The problem is that Wahookah, an NPC, is supposed to appear each time you arrive at a certain square. You then give him various items in exchange for clues. The following was included in README.TXT with the latest patch to the game from Interplay... they just gave up:
Wahooka on 2nd level of Stonekeep appears only once. The fix for this would invalidate save games so if Wahookah only appears once for you, here are the clues that he gives you:
  1. Watch out for traps! The Shamans of the Throgs set many of them around here hoping to stick a couple of dwarves.
  2. Search the sewers below for the keys to the Underlands.
  3. To succeed in your quest, you must find all nine of the Orbs.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1996 (Issue #143) – Role-Playing Game of the Year (Readers' Choice)
    • November 1996 (15th anniversary issue) – #10 Top Vaporware Title in Computer Game History
Information also contributed by Adam Baratz, DreamWeaver, Mirrorshades2k, Sciere and Zovni
Chris Martin (1098) added Stonekeep (DOS) on Jul 02, 2000
Other platforms contributed by Sciere (248304)