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Hillsfar

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MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
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3.7
PC-98
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NES
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2.4
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Description

Play a would-be hero in the city of Hillsfar, where action and adventure await the daring adventurer. Join the local guild and complete missions from the guild master in a quest for glory and gold!

Hillsfar is a single-hero role-playing game (in comparison to other Advanced Dungeons & Dragons role-playing games, where the player usually controls a group of characters). A combination of first person perspective (when traveling in the city of Hillsfar) and third person perspective (usually in some action-style mini-quests) viewpoints.

As a would-be-hero, four classes are available in a randomly generated mission-based plot: fighter, thief, cleric, or magic-user. Each class to a certain extent, have different assigned quests given by each respective guild.

In Hillsfar, gameplay usually consists of various mini-games that are needed to complete the quests or missions provided at the local guild by the guild master. These mini-games (and their viewpoints) include:
  • Fighting in the arena (third person).
  • Competing at the archery range (first person).
  • Exploring buildings or mazes (top-down).
  • Riding a horse outside Hillsfar while avoiding obstacles (third person/side-scrolling).
  • Locking picking doors and chests (first person).
Unlike most role-playing games, there aren't any randomly generated monsters to battle. In Hillsfar, combat only occurs in the arena.

Screenshots

Hillsfar PC-98 Title screen
Hillsfar PC-98 Main map
Hillsfar PC-98 Visiting the city
Hillsfar Commodore 64 Lockpicking isn't the only way to open unlock doors and chests.

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User Reviews

A unique and groundbreaking game me thinks. These are the stuff games were made of... DOS Indra is here (19680)
It's all about whether you liked the mini-games... DOS John Lucas (13)
its not that great. DOS Wolfang (134)

The Press Says

Power Play DOS Aug, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Commodore 64 May, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Computing Amiga Dec, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Atari ST User Atari ST Dec, 1989 7 out of 10 70
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Commodore 64 1992 57 out of 100 57
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 56 out of 100 56
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Amiga 1992 55 out of 100 55
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft Atari ST 1992 55 out of 100 55
Joker Verlag präsentiert: Sonderheft DOS 1992 54 out of 100 54
Game Freaks 365 NES 2006 2 out of 10 20

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Trivia

Cover art

The cover artwork, by Clyde Caldwell, was first used two years earlier as the cover to the 1987 Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Gamebook #15: The Vanishing City.

Pools of Radiance

While not part of the Pools of Radiance series, you can import your characters from those games into this game.

Awards

  • Power Play
    • Issue 01/1990 - #2 Best Role Playing Game in 1989
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