Ishar: Legend of the Fortress

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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress is the sequel to the Crystals of Arborea. Morgoth and Morgula, the black god and his witch wife who were defeated in the previous game, had a child, Krogh. Their evil progeny is based in the fortress Ishar, which means "unknown" in the elven tongue, and has plans to reduce to population of Kendoria to slavery.

The player takes the role of a traveler who, with the aid of up to five companions, battles through the fortress to defeat Krogh and stop the spread of the powers of chaos. Unlike its predecessor, Ishar is viewed entirely from first-person perspective, and its combat is real-time rather than turn-based.


Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST Someone is waiting in the distance
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST Title screen (Monochrome monitor)
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress DOS Goblins attack
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress DOS Welcome, player!

Alternate Titles

  • "Ishar I" -- Common abbreviation

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Top Secret DOS Jan, 1993 5 out of 5 100
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jun, 1992 10 out of 12 83
ST Format Atari ST Jun, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Amiga Power Amiga Jul, 1992 78 out of 100 78
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1992 76 out of 100 76
Legendra Atari ST Jul 10, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1992 74 out of 100 74
PC-Spiele '93 DOS 1992 6 out of 10 60


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Savegame system

Ishar was probably the game with the most annoying savegame system ever: if you wanted to save, you needed to pay some gold for it (I believe it was 100 GP). And believe me - it was nearly impossible to get that much in the beginning of the game, so you could either leave your machine switched on for days, play until you got enough or - well, just quit.

Two releases on Amiga and Atari ST

There are two releases of Ishar on Amiga. The original in 16 colors and the AGA (amiga chipset) in 256 colors. The second is the better release of Ishar because they have fixed bugs so now, you can run quickly in all directions and not only screen by screen.

On Atari ST computers there were two releases as well: while the 16 colors version was runnable on all ST machines, the 256 colors version was only supporting the Atari Falcon.


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #27 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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