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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress is the sequel to Crystals of Arborea. Morgoth and Morgula, the black god and his witch wife who were defeated in the previous game, had a child, Krogh. Their evil progeny is based in the fortress Ishar, which means "unknown" in the elven tongue, and has plans to reduce to population of Kendoria to slavery.

The player takes the role of a traveler who, with the aid of up to five companions, battles through the fortress to defeat Krogh and stop the spread of the powers of chaos. Unlike its predecessor, Ishar is viewed entirely from first-person perspective, and its combat is real-time rather than turn-based.


Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Amiga The Adventure begins
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Atari ST At the village elders house
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress DOS Flower, river... so quiet...
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress DOS This guy is gonna help you.

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Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Magazine Advertisement
Ishar: Legend of the Fortress Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Ishar I" -- Common abbreviation

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Critic Reviews

Top Secret DOS Jan, 1993 5 out of 5 100
ST Format Atari ST Aug, 1992 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Amiga Jul, 1992 89 out of 100 89
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jun, 1992 10 out of 12 83
Amiga Action Amiga Jul, 1993 81 out of 100 81
Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Format Amiga Aug, 1992 76 out of 100 76
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Jul, 1993 9 out of 12 75
PC-Spiele '93 DOS 1992 6 out of 10 60
Amiga Force Amiga Jul, 1993 74 out of 100 26


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Save game system

Ishar has an annoying save game system, demanding 1000 gold pieces for a save. Since it is nearly impossible to get that much in the beginning of the game, it requires not switching it off until enough gold is gathered.


There are two releases of the game on Amiga. The original in 16 colors and the AGA (Amiga chipset) in 256 colors. The second is the better release because of fixed bugs, allowing to run quickly in all directions and not only screen by screen.

On Atari ST computers there were two releases as well: while the 16 colors version was runnable on all ST machines, the 256 colors version was only supporting the Atari Falcon.


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #27 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list
Information also contributed by Blood.

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