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The Dark Army is on the move again, led by the evil sorceress Scotia. Her goal is obvious: to destroy Gladstone Keep and its ruler King Richard. Scotia herself has recently become more powerful after acquiring "the Mask" from the Urban Mines, gaining the ability to shape-shift. She is virtually unstoppable and able to infiltrate Gladstone Keep, poisoning King Richard. If it were not for the intervention of Sorceress Dawn, the monarch would surely be dead. In order to find a cure for the King's illness, a band of heroes must set out on an adventure, and keep themselves alive from the Dark Army forces.

Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos is a real-time dungeon-crawling role-playing game viewed from a first-person perspective. Players begin by choosing one of the four available protagonists: the Dracoid Ak'shel (high magic power), the Huline Kieran (high speed), and two humans: Michael (high strength) and Conrad (balanced character). Each has his weaknesses and strengths, but all abilities in the game can be eventually upgraded.

Much of the game consists of exploring pseudo-3D maze-like dungeons. Most of them contain secret areas and it is sometimes necessary to solve puzzles to advance. Real-time combat involves clicking on either the attack or magic icon for each character. Depending on their speed attribute they will need a certain amount of cooldown time before the player can activate them again. The point-and-click interface allows interaction with some background objects, sometimes eliciting comments from the protagonist or his companions.

The game does not feature manual character development, introducing instead a semi-automatic form of leveling up, where skills of the hero and the companions are divided into Fighting, Magic and Rogue skills. Each skill level will increase when killing enemies using a particular type of attack: melee weapons increase the Fighting skills, magic increases the Magic skill, and ranged weapons increase the Rogue skills. In the course of the game players will form a party of up to three heroes in the quest for the cure. The player is able to equip these characters with new weapons and armor in a "paper doll" styled interface. The CD version includes full speech.


Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Dark forests are almost always hostile
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS "Could those eyes lie? I guess not..."
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Gladstone is under attack!
Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos DOS Magical duel between Dawn and Scotia

Promo Images

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Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos Logo

Alternate Titles

  • "黑暗王座" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Lands of Lore: Kaosu no Gyokuza" -- Japanese manual title
  • "Lands of Lore: Chaos Na Tronie" -- Polish title
  • "ランズオブロア" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A wonderful and magically innocent combination of fantasy and fairy-tale worldwideweird (54) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
Finally, on their own grounds MAT (226250) 3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars3.83 Stars
A very well designed RPG that lacks proper atmosphere and gameplay rules Optimus (83) 4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars4.17 Stars
Fun adventure, the best of the series Thohan (19) unrated
A fascinating Eye of the Beholder-style game. ^LutheR^ (123) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
I wish my sound would work on my old PC so I could play it again Cyric (50) unrated
An excellent Dungeon Master style game, that actually has very few dungeons. Chris Martin (1204) 4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars4.83 Stars
An adventuress, spine tingling game with many creatures and puzzles. Jess Private (2) 4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars4.33 Stars

Critic Reviews

Secret Service / New S Service Oct, 1993 100 out of 100 100
Play Time Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
PC Games (Germany) Sep, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Power Play Aug, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1993 83 out of 100 83
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) May, 1994 10 out of 12 83
PC Player (Germany) Sep, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Edge Oct, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Just Adventure 1998 B 75
PC Review (UK) Jun, 1994 7 out of 10 70


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Both a floppy disk and a CD-ROM version were released where only the latter features voice-acting. The CD-ROM version also contains "Lore of the Lands" - an extra feature that introduces the player to the legend of Lands of Lore, presented with black and white pictures narrated by King Richard (voice-over by Patrick Stewart).


  • Computer Gaming World
    • June 1994 (Issue #119) – Best Male Voice-Over Acting (for Patrick Stewart for his role as King Richard)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #68 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking

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Chris Martin (1204) added Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos (DOS) on Feb 10, 2000
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