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Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom is the sequel to Ishar: Legend of the Fortress.

Following the defeat of Krogh and the banishment of the powers of chaos, Ishar became a cultural and intellectual centre in Kendoria. Over time people came to the island and settled there. A city named Zach's Island developed and flourished. Shandar, a monk of chaos, entered the city along with settlers from the northern lands. His trading in hallucinogens soon made him rich and powerful. Eventually Shandar controlled Zach's Island and had many followers and worshippers. He built a strong fortress, a second Ishar, to challenge the empire. The warrior Zubaran has a vision that sends him on the quest to defeat Shandar and save his homeland.

The gameplay system is similar to that of the predecessor and includes exploration of 3D outdoor areas, towns, and dungeons, party management and real-time combat. In the sequel the player can import saved characters from Ishar, or recruit characters to join Zubaran on the quest. The game world includes dungeons, tree-cities, mountain paths with real graded height effect.

Unlike the first game, there is a day and night cycle in Messengers of Doom. Shops are closed during the day, and medieval nightclubs are open only at night. The game world is considerably larger than in the previous game. Other new features include the ability to use pet animals as allies in battles, and create magic potions.


Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom Atari ST From the intro: An old "friend" drops by
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom Atari ST Enrolling party members
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom Atari ST The village chief
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom DOS You are wandering through the grass. The pseudo-3D navigation isn't smooth, but the wilderness area looks nice indeed

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ST Format Atari ST May, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1993 90 out of 100 90
ST Format Atari ST Nov, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Tilt Atari ST Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Action Amiga Aug, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Amiga Format Amiga Sep, 1993 79 out of 100 79
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Power Play Amiga Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54


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  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1994 – #3 Best RPG in 1993 (Readers' Vote)

Lack of CD-ROM enhancement

While the CD-ROM release of Ishar 3 was 'enhanced' with prerendered 3D animations, the Ishar 2 CD-ROM release was only the floppy version data files put on a CD-ROM.
Contributed to by POMAH (62681), Martin Smith (74970) and Terok Nor (30531)