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The Legacy: Realm of Terror (DOS)

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Description

The year is 1993. The protagonist's ancestors, the Winthrops, have obviously dealt with black magic and perhaps even pacts with the demons. Now their mansion is invaded by horrifying creatures, and it is up to the brave hero(ine) to venture inside, solve the mystery, and above all - survive.

The Legacy: Realm of Terror is a role-playing game with adventure elements. The player navigates the protagonist through the 3D locations of the mansion from first-person perspective. The environment must be explored, and items procured in order to solve puzzles and advance in the game.

Beside these adventure game features, the game plays like a RPG, with character customization, equipment, and combat. The player can select one of the eight pre-made characters (four male, four female) to control in the game. Characters' attributes and skills are divided into three categories, which correspond to pure physical traits, supportive techniques (such as healing), and dexterity in usage of firearms and smaller melee weapons.

The player relies on magic spells in combat; those can be acquired and upgraded from spell pages found in the game world. There are offensive, supportive, and restorative spells in the game. Resting, consuming food, and even meditating affects the player character's condition as well.

Combat takes place in the same environment as exploration, utilizing a real-time system, which requires the player to quickly select commands ("Aim" and "Hit" for weapon attacks, and the corresponding spell icons for magic).

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The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS Title
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS Aghh!! Zombies!
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS What could possibly be wrong about this Toilet?
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS One of the puzzles includes a little bit of stargazing

Alternate Titles

  • "The Legacy" -- European title
  • "Haunted House" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Probably the best "survival horror" game ever made - years before the genre was named weregamer (157) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
This game had quite a bit of potential OceansDaughter (106) unrated
A terrific horror game that did just about everything right. Rob Von Strahd (7) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
Boring, super-tough, yet somehow entertaining challenge. Simon Kavanagh (6) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
Lot of fun Tony Van (2691) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Power Play Dec, 1992 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) May, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Player (Germany) Apr, 1993 70 out of 100 70

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Trivia

The storyline of "The Legacy" (and particularly the grim Victorian house where the game takes place) was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's tales.

The game was severely criticized for its (mainly "arcadish") difficulty - and sold not too well because of that. The difficulty was indeed the main reason why some players abandoned it and lost the superb, detailed, atmospheric plot, rivaled so far only by "Realms of the Haunting". A trainer and save editor were released some time after the game's launch (by a cracker group, NB), and made some return to the game.

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Tony Van (2691) added The Legacy: Realm of Terror (DOS) on Jan 09, 2000