Return to Krondor (Windows)

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The direct sequel to Betrayal at Krondor, Return to Krondor takes the player back to the fantasy world of Midkemia, which is once more in peril.

It all begins when James - once a thief and now a squire of Krondor - is sent by Prince Arutha to escort the court magician Jazhara to the palace. Shortly afterwards they meet William ConDoin, a fearless swordsman and the son of the famous magician Duke Pug. A ruthless mercenary named Bear sends his men to murder the woman William loves. It appears that Bear is in pursuit of the Tear of the Gods, a holy artifact of immense power. James and his friends follow the trail of death and destruction Bear has left in his wake and to stop him before he reaches the Tear. As they progress in their travels they discover that someone or something is creating dark beings and horrible perversions of nature, suggesting that things are very wrong in Krondor besides the ambitions of a single renegade mercenary.

Return to Krondor features pre-rendered backgrounds with changing camera angles for exploration, and 3D character models. Battles occur when contact is made with a hostile character, and are turn-based, including the tactical element of moving the characters manually over the battle field. The player controls James and three other characters who join the party. Compared to its predecessor, the game is less heavy on exploration, having smaller and more confined areas. Much of the game takes place in the city of Krondor, which is divided into several districts; later in the game the player gains access to other locations, though it is impossible to physically explore the overworld. Several side quests, however, are still available, in addition to pursuing the main storyline.

Unlike its predecessor, the game features a more common leveling up system where characters gain a set amount of skill points after having accumulated enough experience to level up. These skill points are allocated manually by the player to increase the characters' weapon proficiencies, defense, spellcasting, etc. The game also allows the player to brew potions via an alchemy system, and features a detailed lockpicking minigame that involves choosing between several available tools and applying them to the lock.


Return to Krondor Windows The party inventory screen
Return to Krondor Windows William flees from the seemingly invincible Bear.
Return to Krondor Windows Four friends, a creepy cabin, an evil relic, and a bothersome zombie fellow... isn't this how Evil Dead got started?
Return to Krondor Windows Pyrotechnic battle against the Dragon spirit guarding the Tear of the Gods

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Alternate Titles

  • "重返克朗多" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "בחזרה לקרונדור" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Thief of Dreams" -- Concept title
  • "Raymond E. Feist's Rückkehr nach Krondor" -- German title
  • "Raymond E. Feist's Return to Krondor" -- UK title

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User Reviews

Too much has changed during my absence Unicorn Lynx (181363) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The ending rivals some of the best RPGs ever made. Jeanne (76593) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Your Destiny Lies At The Bottom Of The Bitter Sea MasterMegid (902) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
If you missed the chance to play "Betrayal at Krondor" this will makes it all worthwhile... Indra is stressed (20719) 4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars

Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Dec, 1998 94 out of 100 94
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1999 81 out of 100 81
Player One Apr, 1999 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Jan 01, 2000 4 out of 5 80
PC Gamer Mar, 1999 80 out of 100 80
GameSpot Dec 21, 1998 7.9 out of 10 79
Gameplay (Benelux) Dec 31, 1998 73 out of 100 73
Quandary Jan, 1999 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Power Play Jan, 1999 68 out of 100 68
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Apr, 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50


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Raymond E. Feist, author of the Midkemia series on which the Krondor games are based, has written a triology of three novels based on the events and characters of Betrayal at Krondor and Return to Krondor.

The final book in the series, Krondor: Tear of the Gods, details the main plot of Return to Krondor. Feist has made several changes in the story so that the events of the game make more sense from a storyline perspective. Most significantly, the ending has been changed so as to be less open-ended. In the game, the ending is pretty much a blantant set-up for a sequel. Since Sierra scrapped the sequel, Feist has changed the ending so that it more naturally leads up to the events in his later books.

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Alan Chan (3620) added Return to Krondor (Windows) on Nov 23, 1999