DescriptionAfter the benevolent god N'Gir has given his blessings to the beautiful land of Tessera, he felt his work was pretty much done, and... fell asleep. Unfortunately, with no gods to watch over the world, an evil Archmage has gradually taken control over it, oppressing the population with his iron rule. The hero of this story lives in the town of Thurin, which is somewhat out of the Archmage's range of influence. However, when a gravely wounded kobold delivers a message to him and dies on the threshold of his house, the hero realizes that his long journey has begun - the journey to wake up the slumbering god!
Sleeping Gods Lie combines elements of action and adventure-style gameplay. The entire game world is viewed from first person perspective, rendered in "fake" 3D. The player explores this world, finding items, solving occasional puzzles, and getting closer to the goal. Enemies will often attack the hero; the key to victory is usually the power of the weapon the hero wields. These can be melee weapons as well as long-ranged ones such as a slingshot. Combat is entirely action-oriented. The game has an internal clock, and the hero can get tired and will have to rest from time to time.
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|Atari ST User||Atari ST||Sep, 1989||9 out of 10||90|
|The Games Machine (UK)||Amiga||Oct, 1989||77 out of 100||77|
|Zzap!||Amiga||Oct, 1989||75 out of 100||75|
|ST Format||Atari ST||Aug, 1989||72 out of 100||72|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||Amiga||Sep, 1989||8.4 out of 12||70|
|ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment)||Atari ST||Jul, 1989||691 out of 1000||69|
|Computer and Video Games (CVG)||Atari ST||Aug, 1989||67 out of 100||67|
|Power Play||Amiga||Sep, 1989||60 out of 100||60|
|ASM (Aktueller Software Markt)||DOS||Apr, 1990||5.8 out of 12||48|
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TriviaThe working title was "Steven's Wonderful Game" and was originally developed on Atari ST and Amiga. At the time it was a technological breakthrough being one of the first games to use scaled graphics. Originally had a strange 360 degree wrap around view, but was changed to a more conventional perspective viewpoint because it was too weird. Unfortunately the conversion to PC was not as good as the original 68000 versions.
This was the first game to be published on the Empire Interactive label.