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The game is based on the Shannara fantasy novels by Terry Brooks.

The protagonist of the game is Jak Ohmsford, whose father, Shea, is a legendary hero who once defeated the evil warlock Brona. The druid Allanon tells Jak that Brona has returned, and the only way to defeat him - beside wielding the legendary sword of Shannara - is to travel to the lands of different races populating the world, and convince them to put their differences aside and join forces to defeat Brona. On his long journey, Jak will meet many characters from different races, and embrace his heroic destiny by making the toughest decisions of his life.

Shannara is an adventure game with the same interface as Death Gate, derived from earlier interactive fiction games by Legend Entertainment. The game is viewed from first-person perspective, and the navigation (beside traveling on the world map) is done by "jumping" from screen to screen, rather than by physically moving the protagonist. The game has inventory-based puzzles and extended conversation trees with many dialogue options.

The game has some elements taken from RPGs, such as top-down world-map traveling and occasional turn-based battles. However, there is no real role-playing system in the game (statistics, experience points, levels, etc.). The battles serve to emphasize the danger of traveling the wilderness, or appear as story-related events; sometimes, they are treated like puzzles, with specific actions leading to victory.

Although the main playable character is Jak Ohmsford, other characters travel with the hero, forming a "party". These characters have their own inventory and abilities, which must be used sometimes to solve the game's puzzles.


Shannara DOS Jak finds himself in a weird dream-like full-motion video sequence.
Shannara DOS Title screen
Shannara DOS A nice description of zombies
Shannara DOS This is Brendel, your dwarven ally

Promo Images

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Shannara Screenshot
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Shannara Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "沙拉那之剑" -- Chinese spelling (Simplified)

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User Reviews

A game of two halves Claire White (2) unrated

Critic Reviews

Just Adventure May 01, 2002 A 100
Joystick (French) Feb, 1996 90 out of 100 90
PC Joker Jan, 1996 85 out of 100 85
PC Action (Germany) Feb, 1996 82 out of 100 82
PC Player (Germany) Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
GameBoomers 2003 76 out of 100 76
GameSpot May 08, 1996 7 out of 10 70
Quandary Jan, 1996 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
The Good Old Days (Staff Reviews only) Sep 01, 2005 3 out of 6 50
Game Revolution May 06, 2004 C- 42


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The Sword of Shannara book 3 sabreman (5)
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The full version of this game was released on the July, 1997 cover disc for Computer Game Entertainment magazine.

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Istari (348) added Shannara (DOS) on Jan 30, 2001