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Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos

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DOS
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4.1
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4.1
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Description

The Dark Army is on the move again, led by the evil sorceress Scotia. Her goal is obvious: to destroy Gladstone Keep and its ruler King Richard. Scotia herself has recently become more powerful after acquiring "the Mask" from the Urban Mines, gaining the ability to shape-shift. She is virtually unstoppable and able to infiltrate Gladstone Keep, poisoning King Richard. If it were not for the intervention of Sorceress Dawn, this monarch would surely be dead. In order to find a cure for the King's illness, a band of heroes must set out on an adventure, and keep themselves alive from the Dark Army forces.

Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos is a real-time dungeon-crawling role-playing game viewed from first-person perspective. Players begin by choosing one of the four available protagonists: the Dracoid Ak'shel (high magic power), the Huline Kieran (high speed), and two humans: Michael (high strength) and Conrad (balanced character). Each has their weaknesses and strengths, but all abilities in the game can be eventually upgraded.

Much of the game consists of exploring pseudo-3D maze-like dungeons. Most of them contain secret areas and it is sometimes necessary to solve puzzle to advance. Real-time combat involves clicking on either attack or magic icon for each character. Depending on their speed attribute they will need a certain amount of cooldown time before the player can activate them again. Point-and-click interface allows interaction with some background objects, sometimes eliciting comments from the protagonist or his companions.

The game does not feature manual character development, introducing instead a semi-automatic form of leveling up, where skills of the hero and the companions are divided into Fighting, Magic and Rogue skills. Each skill level will increase when killing enemies using a particular type of attack: melee weapons increase the Fighting skills, magic increases the Magic skill, and ranged weapons increase the Rogue skills. In the course of the game players will form a party of up to three heroes in the quest for the cure. The player is able to equip these characters with new weapons and armor in a "paper doll" styled interface. The CD version includes full speech.

Screenshots

Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Actual Ingame Shot
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS She doesn't look so mean after all (not until she morphs), now this is the mother of famous Luther from Guardians of Destiny
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Egad! Copy protection...ah the good old days!
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS The local bar is not as busy during times of war.

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗王座" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "Lands of Lore: Kaosu no Gyokuza" -- Japanese manual title
  • "Lands of Lore: Chaos Na Tronie" -- Polish title
  • "ランズオブロア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Like Diet Coke, only much better DOS Cor 13 (172558)
A wonderful and magically innocent combination of fantasy and fairy-tale DOS worldwideweird (54)
Finally, on their own grounds DOS コナン (91228)
A very well designed RPG that lacks proper atmosphere and gameplay rules DOS Optimus (80)
Fun adventure, the best of the series DOS Thohan (19)
A fascinating Eye of the Beholder-style game. DOS ^LutheR^ (115)
I wish my sound would work on my old PC so I could play it again DOS Cyric (50)
An excellent Dungeon Master style game, that actually has very few dungeons. DOS Chris Martin (1097)
An adventuress, spine tingling game with many creatures and puzzles. DOS Jess Private (2)

The Press Says

Pixel-Heroes.de DOS Jun 06, 2011 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Aug, 1993 11 out of 12 92
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1993 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Mar, 1994 88 out of 100 88
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS May, 1994 10 out of 12 83
Power Play DOS Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Edge DOS Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
High Score DOS Oct 21, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Just Adventure DOS 1998 B 75
Legendra DOS Apr 25, 2010 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

Forums

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Feb 13, 2015
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Dec 06, 2010
Unicorn statue 5 vedder (20289)
Dec 01, 2010

Trivia

Versions

Both a floppy disk and a CD-ROM version were released where only the latter features voice-acting.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Best Male Voice-Over Acting (for Patrick Stewart for his role as King Richard)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #68 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

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Contributed to by Terok Nor (19553) and Chris Martin (1097)