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Written by  :  Silverblade (1489)
Written on  :  Jun 24, 2004
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars4.25 Stars
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The first and only Dragonride RPG-simulator

The Good

The very idea of simulating aerial battles on the back of a dragon is truly one of the boldest ever realised in a game. A simulator is supposed to emulate reality to some extent, and dragons are not part of what sane people would define as reality. However, RPG games actually simulate a fantasy world in a manner that makes them seem realistic in their own way, and this game combines RPG elements with the gameplay of a combat flight simulator into a truly remarkable blend. Players assume the role of a Solamnic Knight and actually choose which Order they will eventually follow in the course of the War of the Lance, the climactic conflict between the forces of Good and Evil. The player controls everything, from altitude and flight speed, to the dragon's formidable breath weapon and a powerful dragonlance which can instantly kill most dragons. For gamers who admire and revere the most remarkable creatures of fantasy this game was a unique experience. The package contained large cards with classic artwork from TSR's best, describing each kind of dragon. A veritable jewel in my collection.

The Bad

It was quite hard, especially later on when you were forced to face several evil dragons at once. Other than that nothing really bothered me in this game.

The Bottom Line

All the other games that cast the player as a dragon or its rider are purely action-based. This is the only simulator of its kind and it is a game worth a dragon's lair in gold, if you can ignore the old graphics and sound.