Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.
The intro is a FMV with live actors! It's pretty short, though
Character creation. Note the detailed skill system
You start the game in this barren cave, shipwrecked and trapped in by a mudslide
Fight! Fight! Fight! Even the surprisingly matching colors between his loincloth and my ax can't save this armored human enemy
You can buy a horse or a cart if you want, to speed up your travel. Seasons change in the game - the town is covered by snow...
Crime often doesn't pay
Managing items of an exotic lizard character
My character's attributes, early in the game
Citizens (or guilds) often have jobs for you. Note the clearly random nature of this quest. Seriously, who pays exactly 1096 gold?!..
Fast travel, displaying the diversity of regions
Fast travel within a specific region
It's the castle army! Seriously, those are soldiers in front of Castle Daggerfall - obviously a major location in the game
There are a few shop designs - this one is pretty common. It feels cozy to take a break here, just forget all those epic quests...
Dialogues are handled in such a way. Note the wealth of topics to discuss, as well as three different attitudes
In the mood for some entertainment, sir?.. We provide that here, in Castle Daggerfall!
The king and the queen. Leaving fullscreen mode - note the icons at the bottom
Castle Daggerfall as seen from one of its towers
Ooookay... This place seems... nice. First, I like the racial diversity. Second... err... check out those blacksmith animations!
Dying in the game inevitable leads to your own burial
A very valuable pickpocket, indeed!
Temperate-region town, people in colorful clothes, and... look, it's spring, right?..
Even an undead lich needs a little entertainment every once in awhile!..
There are many books in this game. This is one of the most provocative ones - "The Real Barenziah". It even has some erotic descriptions... not in this volume though
A pig and trough
Some horses. Night falls over the town. It's quiet, the windows glow cozily... and I await sunrise
A lovely city at sunset
A distant temperate region graveyard
Ship ahoy! Yup, you can sail in this game. It's nice weather, too!
Finally I have a place where I can just hoard my stuff! My... preciousss!!..
(Very) partial view of a city map
Desert city - day
Every game with a primigenius taurus needs to have one screenshot entitled "Oh yeah?! And you fight like a COW!!.." ... ... plus, check out my cool newl flail
Desert graveyard - a crypt entrance is nearby. Beautiful mountains are in the background
At the entrance to a fortress dungeon. There is also a well nearby
Yes, you see what you see: I'm a werewolf, and I've just massacred guards in the middle of the town. I don't know what I'm going to do now, looks like my soul is damned forever...
A torture device in a dungeon
The seemingly endless barren landscape
Didn't your mummy tell you never to attack mid-level strangers with big hammers?.. Get it? "Your mummy"?.. Hahaha. Ha!..
A shack and some ruins
One of the many, many "regular" houses in the game. This one belongs to a nobleman. Dude, you need a new interior decorator. Maybe my green ax will help
Inside a temple in Daggerfall. Is that Tom Noonan?
Another desert town in autumn... trees without leaves and all. Cloudy weather. Lots of people around
Well, well, what do we see here!.. A nice temple indeed, nice... err... fashion sense, too. And look, I got a pretty new shiny red mace!..
A mysterious cave, a shape-shifting woman (she'll turn into a man in a second)... oh my! But I have my bow, so what am I afraid of?..
There is no end to character variety in this game. Check out this high-level freak with plenty of magical things equipped!
Ominous red skies over Direnni tower, one of the game's obligatory dungeons
A fearsome skeleton attacks me in a tower dungeon while I try to enjoy the impressive view
3D dungeon maps are so complex that they end up being more confusing than helpful
A mighty character (check out all those magical protections above!) is talking to a quest-giving major NPC in Shedungent late in the game
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