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The Legend of Kyrandia

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Description

The Legend of Kyrandia is the first in a trilogy of adventure games by Westwood. In this game the player controls Brandon, grandson of Kallak - a wizard of the realm of Kyrandia. Malcolm, a psychotic jester imprisoned in the past by Kallak, has broken free and wishes to take over the land as well as lay down his revenge. He turns Kallak into stone leaving him with only his eyes, so that Kallak is not denied his tears for Kyrandia's sake.

This is where Brandon steps in; returning home shortly afterwards only to find that his grandfather has been turned into stone, Brandon is being told by a messenger from the Realm of the Land that he has been chosen to embark on a journey that will rid this realm of Malcolm and his evil. He has to prove himself not only a hero, but a worthy heir to the crown and ultimately of becoming a king.

Throughout the journey Brandon will collect many items and also learn how to master magic. Available spells include disappearing, healing yourself, summoning ice upon fire and shifting into a wisp. Interaction with the environment is confined to highlighted items, and a single cursor is used for all actions, without differentiating precise commands.

Screenshots

The Legend of Kyrandia Amiga Bottom of tree house.
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS The Messenger from the Realm of the Land
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS Outside Brandon's Home
The Legend of Kyrandia DOS At the King's and Queen's grave

Alternate Titles

  • "דברי ימי קירנדיה" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Kyrandia 1" -- Informal title
  • "Fables & Fiends - The Legend of Kyrandia, book one" -- Alternate/informal title
  • "키란디아의 전설 " -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

If you like fairytale-like adventures, you'll probably love this DOS Nowhere Girl (1492)
A great alternative to the King's Quest series DOS *Katakis* (37810)
A gorgeous fable with mesmerizing music for your gaming pleasure! DOS Roger Wilco (1113)
A true classic that Westwood deserves DOS Dwin1118 (22)
Impressive looking, but poorly designed adventure DOS tomimt (339)
A decent, solid adventure game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4388)

The Press Says

The DOS Spirit DOS Jun 20, 2007 6 out of 6 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Sep, 1992 11 out of 12 92
PC Joker DOS Sep, 1992 79 out of 100 79
PC Games (Germany) DOS Oct, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Joker Amiga Dec, 1992 77 out of 100 77
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jul, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Jeuxvideo.com DOS Sep 23, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Jeuxvideo.com Macintosh Sep 23, 2011 14 out of 20 70
Retrogaming.it Amiga Jul 22, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Tap-Repeatedly/Four Fat Chicks DOS Jun, 2004 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40

Forums

Topic # Posts Last Post
Game Compatibility 4 אולג 小奥 (169161)
Apr 17, 2009

Trivia

CD version

The CD version adds speech and support for Windows 3.x (albeit completely identical to the DOS version).

Development

The Legend of Kyrandia is based on the text adventure Kyrandia: Fantasy World of Legends, a BBS game. It was designed and programmed by Scott Brinker and Richard Skurnick in 1988, and based on multiplayer interactive game concepts by Tim Stryker.

According to Rick Gush, Mike Legg and Brett Sperry played the game online, bought the rights to the game and were sued later on by the person who sold the game to them, but after several years the court case was decided in favor of them.

The game introduced a single-icon cursor for all actions, and Brett Sperry and Louis Castle, thinking that this was their secret weapon, presented a demo of the game to Ken Williams. But Ken showed them King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder which was in development then. It had its own new icon-driven interface, so it was a big letdown moment. Ken liked the game though and asked them if they want to sell Westwood to Sierra, but at that moment they preferred their freedom and control.

Extras

The Legend of Kyrandia CD-ROM version came with a free poster based on a painting by Roger Loveless.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #2 Best Adventure in 1993 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #88 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1993 – #2 Best Adventure in 1992
  • PC Games (Germany)
    • Issue 01/1993– #3 Best Adventure in 1992
Information also contributed by game nostalgia and Roger Wilco

Related Web Sites

  • Game Nostalgia (Provides extensive background info for The Legend of Kyrandia, pictures of the cast and examples of voice-overs, full credits with shots and info about the design team, a demo of the game, specific details about the game, various goodies, all musical themes, shots of every location in the game, saved games, a list of reviews, including a "nostalgic "review and tech specs.)
  • Kyrandia Shrine - Germany (An Fan Site of the Kyrandia Trilogy. Only in German.)
  • ScummVM (Get "The Legend of Kyrandia", as well as many other adventure games, to run on modern systems by using ScummVM, a legal and free program.)
  • Walkthrough on Gamer Grand Central (No frills step-by-step walkthrough)
Contributed to by Martin Smith (63162), menschenfeind (3603), Terok Nor (18453) and Tomer Gabel (4388)