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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 this sequel, the player can import saved characters from Ishar, or recruit characters to join Zubaran on his quest. The game world includes dungeons, tree-cities, and mountain paths with real graded height effects.

Unlike the first game, there is a day and night cycle in Messengers of Doom. Shops are closed during the night, while medieval nightclubs are open only at that time. 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 Amiga Last settings before big boss
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom DOS Intro - Ishar by Day
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom Amiga Snow island
Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom DOS You'll get sudden funny remarks from your companions

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Atari ST User Atari ST Aug, 1993 90 out of 100 90
The One Amiga Jul, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Amiga Format Amiga Dec, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Amiga Action Amiga Aug, 1993 79 out of 100 79
PC Joker DOS Aug, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Games Amiga Jul, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Amiga Joker Amiga Jul, 1993 72 out of 100 72
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Power Play DOS Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
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 (65577), Martin Smith (78683) and Terok Nor (32351)