DescriptionBeautiful maidens live in the river Rhine, protecting the gold that lies there. It is said that the owner of this gold will learn secrets of immense power. But in order to possess the gold, the person has to renounce love completely. Years have passed, and nobody dared make such a sacrifice. But finally, a dwarf named Alberich decided that power was worth more to him than love. He took control of the gold, and became a dark ruler of evil creatures. Will a hero ever rise, brave enough to stop the madness?..
Based on the popular Ring of the Nibelungen story (itself based on tales from the Norse mythology), ICON: Quest for the Ring is a "dungeon crawler" along the lines of Temple of Apshai, but with fully action-based combat, making it to one of the earliest action RPGs. The player navigates the hero through top-down environments heavily populated by hostile creatures. Standing near the enemy and pressing the attack button will make the protagonist swing the equipped melee weapon; ranged attacks require an additional directional key to execute. As the player progresses, defeating enemies on the way, the protagonist gains levels and becomes stronger. Various weapons and other items are scattered around the dungeons; the hero equips a weapon automatically when he finds it.
- "ICON: The Quest for the Ring" -- In-game title
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TriviaICON was one of the very few PC games to use a tweaked 40-column text mode to paint "graphics" with a surprising amount of detail, no doubt inspired by the Commodore 64's "character graphics". It was achieved by changing the character cell height from the normal 8 lines down to only two; the result was an effective resolution of "320x200x16" with the obvious color limitations per character cell.
Check out the screenshots for examples of the advantages (and slight drawbacks) of this unique video mode.
Appears to have been written in Pascal ("Pascal MT+").
Interesting messages found in the game executables and overlays:
Game save file is corrupt - please do not try to edit game files. The file has been deleted for your protection; please start over.
This is an illegal copy of ICON. You should be ashamed of yourself!
Related Web Sites
- Life Before Demos -- Mostly about other old PC stuff, but has a short section that mentions ICON, and includes the ICON demo that you can run on your own classic PC.