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The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate

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Description

In the first part of this trilogy, Brandon, soon to be a king and only heir to the throne, determined to stop the evil jester Malcolm. Now, Kyrandia is disappearing. The high council found the cure for that - the anchor from the center of the world. When the young sorceress Zanthia comes to that anchor, she realizes it is not the answer. Her friend Marco is in possession of a giant hand, and it looks like that hand is responsible for the sabotage. Now, Zanthia must save Kyrandia before everything else vanishes without a trace.

Hand of Fate is the second installment in the Kyrandia series. The gameplay is similar to that of the previous game. Interaction is possible only with highlighted objects on the screen, and is reduced to a single cursor, without the distinction of separate commands. There are also no branching dialogues. Many of the puzzles involve picking up ingredients and concocting magic spells out of them.

Screenshots

The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate FM Towns The titular hand
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate FM Towns I wonder if he has some money for me
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate FM Towns Mmm... purple...
The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate DOS To tell the truth, I never figured how can they paint such an amazing image, and it has 256 colors. On what way were they painting... huh!

Alternate Titles

  • "Kyrandia II: The Hand of Fate" -- FM Towns title
  • "Kyrandia 2" -- Informal title
  • "Fables & Fiends - The legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate, book two" -- Post-trilogy title

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User Reviews

The weakest of the Kyrandia series DOS OceansDaughter (106)
Save the world from the walking glove! DOS Robert Pragt (26)
Uniquely Wonderful DOS Tom Ryan (2)

The Press Says

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1994 12 out of 12 100
The DOS Spirit DOS Nov 04, 2006 6 out of 6 100
Top Secret DOS Apr, 1994 9 out of 10 90
La Aventura es la Aventura DOS Oct 18, 2006 88 out of 100 88
PC Gamer UK DOS 1995 85 out of 100 85
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Adventure Gamers DOS Oct 14, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Player (Germany) DOS Dec, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Power Play DOS Jan, 1994 79 out of 100 79
GameStar (Germany) DOS May, 1998 75 out of 100 75

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Trivia

References

  • After Zanthia meets the Hand on the rainbow bridge, the costume she changes into is the same one worn by Sylvester Stallone in Rambo.
  • It has been suggested over on Wikipedia that the game's unusual title may well be a reference to the notorious cult movie (much-beloved of MST3K) Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966).

Version differences

The game was also released on CD-ROM. This version has full speech throughout the game, although the game is similar to the earlier disk release.

Information also contributed by OceansDaughter and Pseudo_Intellectual

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