Eschalon: Book I

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Eschalon: Book I is the first title in a planned series of independently developed RPG games. According to the developer, it is a faithful follower of classic RPG series like Wizardry, Might & Magic, or Ultima.

The game is turn-based, with the outcome of every action determined by the character's stats. Those are aided by different skills that involve combat proficiency with various weapons, thieving skills, magic abilities and non-combat skills like cartography (affects the quality of the automap feature), lore or mercantile. The world is open from the very beginning, with nothing but overpowering monsters and thugs preventing the player from going wherever he pleases.

The story finds the player in an abandoned building in the ransacked village of Elderhollow, suffering from a memory loss and with a short note instructing him what to do next. In time, he finds out that he is located in the eastern province of Eschalon, Thaermore, which is currently torn apart by war with a mysterious underworld race of creatures bearing a strong resemblance to dwarves. The passage to the west was closed by the Eschalon ruler, so all the people left in the province now have to care for themselves. A series of notes and instructions brings the player closer to the truth about his origin and his role in the current conflict.


Eschalon: Book I Windows A rigged entrance to the house at the sea coast
Eschalon: Book I Windows Thieves lair
Eschalon: Book I Linux Found a note left for me
Eschalon: Book I Linux Character builder

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User Reviews

Nothing more than a primitive hack-n'-slash Windows Alex Z (1386)
[v1.0] High hopes for a decent old skool RPG remake remain unfulfilled. Windows Indra is stressed (20013)
Return to the roots! Windows Baxter Arnett (15)

Critic Reviews

GamerDad Windows Jan 24, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamerDad Macintosh Jan 24, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Inside Mac Games (IMG) Macintosh Jun 21, 2010 8.25 out of 10 82
GameZebo Windows Sep 02, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2008 78 out of 100 78
GameBanshee Windows Jan 19, 2008 7.6 out of 10 76
MacLife Macintosh Jun 17, 2008 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mac Games Macintosh Jul 29, 2011 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Games4Mac Macintosh 2007 59 out of 100 59 PC Gaming Windows Feb 13, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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Related Web Sites

  • Game Review: My Game Company (A review of Basilisk Games' Eschalon: Book I by Troy Hepfner (October, 2009).)
  • Official Website (The product page for Eschalon: Book I on Basilisk's website, which offers additional information, a downloadable demo, and an official trailer.)
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