Shadow of Yserbius

aka: The Shadow of Yserbius
Moby ID: 1653
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Shadow of Yserbius is the single-player, non-networked version of the popular graphical multi-user dungeon game on The Sierra Network. You create a character and journey as a solo adventurer into the dungeons and depths of the volcano Yserbius. You see the game from a first-person perspective as you journey through Yserbius. The story slowly unfolds as your character advances in experience while exploring the volcano.

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Average score: 51% (based on 4 ratings)

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Average score: 3.7 out of 5 (based on 10 ratings with 2 reviews)

Not bad if you have nothing else

The Good
Not a whole lot, but it was good enough to keep me playing it. It had excellent balance, and gameplay was pretty straight-forward. The interface was slick; the background music was actually pretty good.

One thing that really stood out was multi-player capability on the Sierra network. I never actually played it, but I often wanted to (my parents would never have paid for that).

The Bad
Not a whole lot, either. It had some dumb animations, and digitized sounds were a bit cheesy.

The Bottom Line
It's an average game. It was good enough to keep me interested in it and playing it for quite some time, but nothing about it was top-notch or great.

DOS · by Cyric (50) · 2001

More fun online than not

The Good
I use to play this game all the time via The Sierra Network (aka TSN) in it's original version. If I recall this single player version came out after the online version was so successful.

The Bad
Another reviewer has mentioned substandard sound quality and some bad animations. It's been over 10 yrs since I've played it and I can't remember these minor details.

The Bottom Line
If you had played this online, you were really ahead of your time as network games weren't not common, nor well known.

I kind of miss the online society this game created for me as an older teenager, where I could go online and chat with other gamers. This was almost a decade before the invention of IM and years before I had ever heard of IRC.

In order to play this game on TSN you had to pay $13 for 30 hours, and not during primetime hours. Since it took awhile to traverse the world map on my 2400 baud modem, chat with users and get a party together to play in the dungeon, I would only log on every other day and play 2hrs, as about 30mins would get wasted getting ready to game, so a daily 1hr spurt was a waste.

Seeing screenshots brings back many memories but honestly I never played this game very deeply to comment on it's quality.

DOS · by Travis Owens (6) · 2004

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Game added June 17, 2000. Last modified September 19, 2023.