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Eschalon: Book I (Windows)

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Description

Eschalon: Book I is the first title in a planned series of independently developed RPG games. According to the developer, it is a faithful follower of classic RPG series like Wizardry, Might & Magic, or Ultima.

The game is turn-based, with the outcome of every action determined by the character's stats. Those are aided by different skills that involve combat proficiency with various weapons, thieving skills, magic abilities and non-combat skills like cartography (affects the quality of the automap feature), lore or mercantile. The world is open from the very beginning, with nothing but overpowering monsters and thugs preventing the player from going wherever he pleases.

The story finds the player in an abandoned building in the ransacked village of Elderhollow, suffering from a memory loss and with a short note instructing him what to do next. In time, he finds out that he is located in the eastern province of Eschalon, Thaermore, which is currently torn apart by war with a mysterious underworld race of creatures bearing a strong resemblance to dwarves. The passage to the west was closed by the Eschalon ruler, so all the people left in the province now have to care for themselves. A series of notes and instructions brings the player closer to the truth about his origin and his role in the current conflict.

Screenshots

Eschalon: Book I Windows Wine cellar with bats, traps and treasures.
Eschalon: Book I Windows Lilith, a lone woman in the heart of Tangletree forest.
Eschalon: Book I Windows Inventory screen and paper doll
Eschalon: Book I Windows Darkgate - a human outpost separating Thaermore from the rest of Eschalon

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User Reviews

Nothing more than a primitive hack-n'-slash Alex Z (870) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
[v1.0] High hopes for a decent old skool RPG remake remain unfulfilled. Indra is here (19671) 2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars2.33 Stars
Return to the roots! Baxter Arnett (15) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars

The Press Says

GamerDad Jan 24, 2008 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameZebo Sep 02, 2008 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 2008 78 out of 100 78
GameBanshee Jan 19, 2008 7.6 out of 10 76
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Jan 23, 2008 50 out of 100 50
2404.org PC Gaming Feb 13, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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Related Web Sites

  • Game Review: My Game Company (A review of Basilisk Games' Eschalon: Book I by Troy Hepfner (October, 2009).)
  • Official Website (The product page for Eschalon: Book I on Basilisk's website, which offers additional information, a downloadable demo, and an official trailer.)
St. Martyne (3562) added Eschalon: Book I (Windows) on Sep 09, 2008
Other platforms contributed by Iggi (4350) and St. Martyne (3562)