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Shannara (DOS)

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The game is based on the Shannara fantasy novels by Terry Brooks.

The protagonist of the game is Jak Ohmsford, whose father, Shea, is a legendary hero who once defeated the evil warlock Brona. The druid Allanon tells Jak that Brona has returned, and the only way to defeat him - beside wielding the legendary sword of Shannara - is to travel to the lands of different races populating the world, and convince them to put their differences aside and join forces to defeat Brona. On his long journey, Jak will meet many characters from different races, and embrace his heroic destiny by making the toughest decisions of his life.

Shannara is an adventure game with the same interface as Death Gate, derived from earlier interactive fiction games by Legend Entertainment. The game is viewed from first-person perspective, and the navigation (beside traveling on the world map) is done by "jumping" from screen to screen, rather than by physically moving the protagonist. The game has inventory-based puzzles and extended conversation trees with many dialogue options.

The game has some elements taken from RPGs, such as top-down world-map traveling and occasional turn-based battles. However, there is no real role-playing system in the game (statistics, experience points, levels, etc.). The battles serve to emphasize the danger of traveling the wilderness, or appear as story-related events; sometimes, they are treated like puzzles, with specific actions leading to victory.

Although the main playable character is Jak Ohmsford, other characters travel with the hero, forming a "party". These characters have their own inventory and abilities, which must be used sometimes to solve the game's puzzles.


Shannara DOS Ah, the golden days of adventure games... Those games let you tried silly things and reacted to your stupidity. Here, you attempt to stab king Menion with a knife without any reason whatsoever.
Shannara DOS A few parts of the game just have text descriptions. They are quite good for the most part.
Shannara DOS The map of the world
Shannara DOS Jak finds himself in a weird dream-like full-motion video sequence.

Alternate Titles

  • "沙拉那之剑" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)

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User Reviews

Charming tale with elegant gameplay Cor 13 (174144) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars
A game of two halves Claire White (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure May 01, 2002 A 100
PC Multimedia & Entertainment Jul 03, 1997 80 out of 100 80
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Mar, 1996 79 out of 100 79
GameBoomers 2003 76 out of 100 76
Just Adventure 1996 B 75
GameSpot May 08, 1996 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 1996 68 out of 100 68
Game Revolution May 06, 2004 C- 42
High Score May, 1996 2 out of 5 40


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The Sword of Shannara book 3 sabreman (5)
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If you choose to attack the clay formed by pouring water on the ground, this will yield a message informing the player that "...this isn't Clay Fighter!" - a reference to the Clay Fighter series of games.

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Istari (332) added Shannara (DOS) on Jan 30, 2001