Ishar: Legend of the Fortress (Atari ST)

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Description

Ishar: Legend of the Fortress is the sequel to the Crystals of Arborea. Morgoth and Morgula, the black god and his witch wife who were defeated in the previous game, had a child, Krogh. Their evil progeny is based in the fortress Ishar, which means "unknown" in the elven tongue, and has plans to reduce to population of Kendoria to slavery.

The player takes the role of a traveler who, with the aid of up to five companions, battles through the fortress to defeat Krogh and stop the spread of the powers of chaos. Unlike its predecessor, Ishar is viewed entirely from first-person perspective, and its combat is real-time rather than turn-based.

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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST Recruiting more companions in the tavern
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST Intro (Monochrome monitor)
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST One of my companions died
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST Character info

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Alternate Titles

  • "Ishar I" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

ST Format Aug, 1992 90 out of 100 90
ST Format Jun, 1993 82 out of 100 82
Legendra Jul 10, 2014 7.5 out of 10 75

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Trivia

Save game system

Ishar has an annoying save game system, demanding 1000 gold pieces for a save. Since it is nearly impossible to get that much in the beginning of the game, it requires not switching it off until enough gold is gathered.

Releases

There are two releases of the game on Amiga. The original in 16 colors and the AGA (Amiga chipset) in 256 colors. The second is the better release because of fixed bugs, allowing to run quickly in all directions and not only screen by screen.

On Atari ST computers there were two releases as well: while the 16 colors version was runnable on all ST machines, the 256 colors version was only supporting the Atari Falcon.

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #27 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
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