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Heroes of the Lance

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Based on the later parts of the Dragonlance book Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the heroes descend into a ruined city in search of the disks of Mishakal.

The gameplay consists of horizontal fighting with a maze like map using doors to change the view. The party consists of the 8 Heroes of the Lance, using one at a time and the player can switch between them at any time. Each character has different types of attacks and spells making them more suited to fighting different enemies as well as acting as lives.

One of the AD&D games that takes a break from the usual RPG style.


Heroes of the Lance DOS Presentation of heroes - Tasslehoff Burrfoot (EGA)
Heroes of the Lance PC-88 So you're going to kill him just because he is ugly? Tsk, tsk. What a lack of political correctness
Heroes of the Lance PC-98 Sure, I'll prepare
Heroes of the Lance ZX Spectrum A valued member of the Companions, apparently

Alternate Titles

  • "Heroes of the Lance - A Dragonlanceā„¢ Action Game" -- Tag-lined title
  • "Dragon Lance: Heroes of the Lance" -- NES Title Screen title

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User Reviews

Putrid game on all levels NES Multimedia Mike (17554)
Hand to hand combat with a dragon? Uh...it's your funeral DOS Indra is stressed (20013)

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 Atari ST Dec, 1988 96 out of 100 96
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) DOS Mar, 1989 844 out of 1000 84
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Oct, 1988 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1988 9 out of 12 75
64'er Commodore 64 Oct, 1989 6 out of 10 60
Power Play Atari ST Nov, 1988 55 out of 100 55
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Mar, 1989 38 out of 100 38
Video Games SEGA Master System Feb, 1992 33 out of 100 33
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Mar, 1989 30 out of 100 30
HonestGamers NES Mar 19, 2005 2 out of 10 20


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Any logical reason to keep the RPG genre here? 1 Alaka (35777)
Oct 28, 2012


Cover art

The game box's cover features a painting by artist Jeff Easley, also used as the front cover to Richard A. Knaak's 1988 Dragonlance novel The Legend of Huma.

Title screen

The title screen is an adaptation of a painting by Clyde Caldwell, earlier the cover to Tracy Hickman's 1984 RPG module Dragons of Despair.