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Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva

aka: DSA 3, Das Schwarze Auge: Die Nordland-Trilogie Teil III - Schatten über Riva, Das Schwarze Auge: Schatten über Riva, La sombra sobre Riva, Realms of Arkania 3, Realms of Arkania 3: Shadows over Riva Classic

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Orcs have overrun the countryside of the small coast town of Riva. A dwarven mine in the countryside has been occupied by a mysterious orc chieftain who seems to be of an unusually high intelligence. For an inexplicable reason, the city authorities refuse to acknowledge the danger. And rumors of a group of traitors in the city's slum districts surface. A party of adventurers arrives in the town and tries to investigate these troublesome occurrences.

Shadows over Riva is the third and final part in the Realms of Arkania trilogy, and the only one shipped exclusively on CD-ROM and featuring SVGA graphics as well as a smooth-scrolling 3D world. All other aspects of the game are very similar to its predecessors: the player generates a party of characters of various classes, roams the game world from a first-person view, and engages in turn-based combat displayed on separate isometric screens. Changes mostly include fine-tuning such as a more streamlined inventory management and integration of area graphics into battle screens.

Unlike its predecessors, the game is set entirely in the town of Riva and its immediate surroundings. The prominent traveling-related gameplay features of the series are therefore reduced in this installment. However, the town itself is noticeably larger than any settlement in the previous games and acts as a hub location connecting various areas. Full-screen hand-drawn cutscenes serve to advance the plot.


  • 巫術闇影 - Traditional Chinese spelling

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Publisher Topware used Schatten über Riva to conduct an experiment: the game entered the stores as a jewel case version, without a box and a regular manual. However, it only cost 50 Marks (rougly $25) -- about half the price of normal games. Topware wanted to see if a (fairly popular) game would sell more units if it was priced considerably lower than other products. The result was mediocre, and Topware soon released a box version follow-up.

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  • A video of Armalion
    This is promotional video of the never released game Armalion.
  • DSA - Die Nordlandtrilogie (mostly German)
    The biggest German fan-page of the Realms of Arkania Trilogy. Contains just about everything you need to about the trilogy. Maps, items, bug lists, patches, tips and tips & tricks, etc... It probably is the most complete database about the trilogy on the web. Unfortunately the the site is in German, but there is some effort at the moment to translate the major parts into English. Already done are the maps.

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  • MobyGames ID: 3439


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Alexander Schaefer.

Windows added by Picard. Macintosh added by Cavalary.

Additional contributors: -Chris, Rebound Boy, Kohler 86, formercontrib, Paulus18950, SGruber, ZeTomes, ヒグマル.

Last modified February 27th, 2023.