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Rise of the Triad: Dark War (Windows)

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Print advertisement - PC Player 04/95:

    Rise of the Triad

    von APOGEE!


    Endlich lieferbar! Noch besser als erwartet!
    Testen Sie die Shareware (auf CD-ROM) nur 9,95 DM - CDR2050




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    Dieses neue 3D-APOGEE-Game bietet u.a.:
    - 10 digitalisierte Gegner mit krimineller Intelligenz!
    - tolles Parallaxen-Scrolling, Nebel, verschiedene Lichtquellen!
    - 32 riesengroße Levels mit den wildesten Features!
    - 30 wahnsinnige Kampflevel für bis zu 11 Spieler im Netz!
    - 10 verschiedene Waffen!
    - 2 Spieler-Modus über Modem oder Kabel!
    - Geheime Areas, schwierige Puzzles!
    - Coole, digitalisierte Explosionen!
    - Support für SoundBlaster, Gravis Ultrasound
    - 16 MB geballte Action!!!!!!!!!!
    - und natürlich noch vieles mehr! - Lieferbar nur auf CD!

    Contributed by Patrick Bregger (107083) on Apr 02, 2010.

3D Realms website:
    Here's what Chuck Miller, Editor of interactive Entertainment, wrote:

    "Like DOOM, Rise of the Triad is a high quality, fast scrolling first-person perspective 3D action game. Graphics are on par with DOOM. It has destructive enemies and lots of them, an arsenal of weapons from simple pistols to missile launchers, life-preserving armor, traps and ambushes galore, and the ability to play by modem or network. In all, there's a great degree of similarity between the two games. In addition, Rise of the Triad puts most of the other DOOM wannabes to shame - it's that good!"

    CD-ROM Version: Also called "Super Triad". The CD version of Rise of the Triad comes with the full game (30+ regular game levels), 40 Comm-Bat levels (for multiplayer games only), and the shareware levels. In addition, you get a random level generator (RandROTT), and some BMP & WAV files for use when you're in Windows.

    THE STORY

    You are part of an elite group of operatives called HUNT (High-risk United Nations Taskforce), and you must stop a maniac cult leader from killing millions of people. While scouting a remote island, you are suddenly surrounded by enemy troops with guns blaring. In the distance you see your boat--your only chance to escape--explode into matchsticks. In front of you is a huge fortress monastery, and your only chance to stop the madness. You are e quipped with awesome, high-tech weaponry like heat-seeking missiles, split missiles, and the Flamewall cannon, which leaves a trail of charred skeletons in its wake. You'll also find magical instruments and weapons so incredible they defy description.

    "Cool features is what this game is about." -- Computer Gaming World

    FEATURES

    Super huge levels - up to one million sq. feet, and up to 16 stories high!
    Ten unique, real digitized enemies (actual Apogee employees!)
    Thirteen hardcore weapons, including magical weapons. Nearly every object can be destroyed - even mark walls with bullet holes!
    Modem and network playable, up to 11 players via an IPX compatible network.
    Adjustable violence/gore levels, from none (for children) to "excessive"!
    20 Megabytes of explosive graphics, animations, music and digitized sounds!
    Play one of five players, each with unique attributes and abilities.
    In modem or network play, each player can can select what they want to look like.
    Look both up and down, up to 45 degrees, to see what is above and below.
    Ten unique, digitized enemies in the game, plus four multi-stage bosses!
    15 incredible game hazards, like Spinblades, gun bunkers, huge boulders, Firejets, pits, Firechutes, Lavawalls, gas grates, and more.
    Special effects galore: Fog, lightning with properly delayed thunder, parallaxing skies, real lights that illuminate walls (you can shoot the lights and the room gets darker), ricocheting bullets, wind sounds, and more.
    Jump pads will spring you up into the air to jump over obstacles, walls, other players, (great in multiplayer games) and even to reach new weapons.
    Many useful objects and power-ups, like a fireproof vest, gas mask, Mercury mode (enables the player to fly!), and even a special "god" and "dog" modes, both making the player invincible for a short time (with hilarious side effects).
    32 page full color game manual.

    "This is the most multiplayer-friendly game we've seen, supporting both two player modem matches and 11-player network-fests. In addition, there are nine types of multiplayer games available with many customizable options." -- Computer Gaming World

    MULTIPLAYER FEATURES

    Supports modem, serial cable, and network multiplayer games with more specialized options than any game previously released.
    Network games up to 11 players!
    Each player can select one of the five unique characters, plus each player can choose from one of 11 uniform colors. (In team games, each team has the same uniform color.)
    Nine unique Comm-bat games, such as Eluder, Capture the Triad, and Hunter.
    RemoteRidicule allows players to send digitized voice messages to other players (an industry first!)
    With a microphone, a player can even speak directly to the other players in network games! Great for team play or taunting others.
    Play Comm-bat games in the normal game levels, OR use the special Comm-bat levels, which are specifically designed for fun multiplayer games.


    1995 Award Winner
    Rise of the Triad: Dark War


    Rise of the Triad won the 1995 Shareware Industry Award in the category of Best Action/Arcade Game, beating out other titles such as Descent and Heretic. Read about the game here, and download a shareware copy of the game as well!

    Originally released December 21, 1994.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66267) on Jun 13, 2004.

Back of Box (Canada/U.S.):
    "Rise of the Triad is sure to have every DOOM freak in the world lining up just to drool all over it."
    - Interactive Entertainment

    This is the game you've been waiting for. You are a member of the HUNT, the High-risk United Nations Taskforce. Caught with your pants down on a routine surveillance mission, your only choice is to blaze through hundreds of armed soldiers, automatons, and undead, eluding traps at every turn. Explore huge levels (up to a million sq. ft. each) with realistic fog and lightning. Look up and down, spring off jump pads, fly, and more!

    And so it begins: the all-out blood-fest. The unrelenting blood and fire rampage of your most twisted nightmares. With ten incredibly vicious weapons, you can shred enemies into barely recognizable met (unless you turn the violence off). Giant panes of glass shatter before your might. Your machine gun blasts holes in the walls--sparks and metal fly as you blow apart virtually everything in sight. Never before have you been so free to destroy!

    Features
    • Advanced technology gives unmatched realism--graphic scenery with parallaxing sky, fog and light diminishing effects, radiant light, lightning and other features never before seen in game graphics!
    • Play as one of five unique characters (male and female)
    • An industry first: Parental violence adjustment (with password) lets you set game from none to excessive.
    • Over 30 massive levels (up to 1,000,000 sq. ft. each)
    • Level generator for unlimited variety of new games (CD-ROM only)
    • Super save games preserve your place and include a snapshot of where you were
    • Battle friends over modem, serial cable or 11 player network--10 special Comm-bat levels included (30 on CD-ROM)
    • Cruelly taunt your opponent with RemoteRidicule
    • 9 Comm-bat games with thirty amazing options
    • 15 environmental dangers like spinblades and firechutes
    • 10 high-powered weapons to blow everything away
    • Tons of secret areas, difficult puzzles, and bonuses
    • 20MB of graphics, animation and digital sound
    • 4 sinister bosses with multiple stages and massive attacks
    • Native support for all major sound cards
    • Three words: Really cool explosions


    Gas mask: more than a protective device -- it's a fashion statement!

    Kill your friends in modem play!

    Guess that's why they call those spinblades "dangers"!

    The fire bomb's a hit at parties!

    Contributed by JPaterson (9161) on Sep 02, 2003.

Advertisement in PC Gamer, August 1995:

    "Triad is a truly awesome game."* But don't take our word for it.

    "Rise of the Triad is sure to have every DOOM freak in the world lining up just to drool all over it."
    -Interactive Entertainment*

    "Rise of the Triad provides everything an action gamer could want."
    -Computer Game Review

    "This game is the most multiplayer-friendly product we've seen. DeathMatch will never be the same again."
    -Computer Gaming World



    This is the game you've been waiting for. An all-out blast-fest. The unrelenting blood and fire rampage of your most twisted nightmares. With ten incredibly vicious weapons, you annihilate the enemy. Your machine gun blasts holes in the walls. Sparks and metal fly as you blow apart everything in sight. Mass destruction has never been this fun!

    • Taunt your opponents with RemoteRidicule during 11-player network games.
    • An industry first: Violence Level Adjustment with password - only get gore if you want it!
    • Die as one of five unique characters (male & female) on over thirty levels of action!

    Contributed by Belboz (6553) on Nov 10, 2001.

Unknown Source:
    You are part of an elite group of operatives called HUNT (High-risk United Nations Taskforce), and you must stop a maniac cult leader from killing millions of people. While scouting a remote island, you are suddenly surrounded by enemy troops with guns blaring. In the distance you see your boat--your only chance to escape--explode into matchsticks. In front of you is a huge fortress monastery, and your only chance to stop the madness. You are equipped with awesome, high-tech weaponry like heat-seeking missiles, split missiles, and the FlameWall cannon, which leaves a trail of charred skeletons in its wake. You'll also find magical instruments and weapons so incredible they defy description. "Cool features is what this game is about." -- Computer Gaming World


    Contributed by Matt Dabrowski (215) on Nov 13, 1999.