This game is based on the pen & paper RPG Tunnels and Trolls
After a four hundred year long war, humans and monsters finally signed a peace treaty, and harmony returned to the Dragon Land - but not for long. The leader of the monsters, the mysterious Lerotra'hh, declared the peace contract was invalid. Monsters began to attack human settlements once again. The only one who can save the humans is the mighty wizard Khazan. Unfortunately, Khazan was imprisoned in his exile. This is where a group of brave adventurers enters the picture, determined to rescue Khazan and defeat the evil.
The party explores the world of Crusaders of Khazan
from a top-down perspective, roaming wilderness areas, visiting towns, talking to people, receiving quests, and descending into dungeons. Battles take place on a top-down battle screen, on which characters can move freely and attack enemies in turn-based style. The game features point-and-click interface with multiple windows.
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Although this is clearly a Western game, style-, story-, and gameplay-wise, the first version of Crusaders of Khazan
was Japanese, and could be played on a PC-98 computer under Japanese DOS. The game's designer Jon van Caneghem
, whose most famous work is Might and Magic
series, co-operated with Japanese developers to create a RPG that has had a strong influence on Japanese RPG-making since then.
After signing up with New World Computing, Neal Hallford's
first assignment was to work on the translation of this game for the US market. The Japanese developers translated the Japanese texts into English and Hallford had to edit it into proper English. This translation made little sense, and therefore Hallford hat to play the Japanese version in order to get some context (without actually speaking Japanese). However, a little later he discovered that the Japanese text was also a translation and New World Computing had a copy of the original English script in the office...
Tunnels & Trolls
This game is a computerized adaptation of Ken St. Andre's
pen-and-paper fantasy role-playing game, Tunnels & Trolls
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