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The year is 1993. The protagonist's ancestors, the Winthrops, have obviously dealt with black magic and perhaps even pacts with the demons. Now their mansion is invaded by horrifying creatures, and it is up to the brave hero(ine) to venture inside, solve the mystery, and above all - survive.

The Legacy: Realm of Terror is a role-playing game with adventure elements. The player navigates the protagonist through the 3D locations of the mansion from first-person perspective. The environment must be explored, and items procured in order to solve puzzles and advance in the game.

Beside these adventure game features, the game plays like a RPG, with character customization, equipment, and combat. The player can select one of the eight pre-made characters (four male, four female) to control in the game. Characters' attributes and skills are divided into three categories, which correspond to pure physical traits, supportive techniques (such as healing), and dexterity in usage of firearms and smaller melee weapons.

The player relies on magic spells in combat; those can be acquired and upgraded from spell pages found in the game world. There are offensive, supportive, and restorative spells in the game. Resting, consuming food, and even meditating affects the player character's condition as well.

Combat takes place in the same environment as exploration, utilizing a real-time system, which requires the player to quickly select commands ("Aim" and "Hit" for weapon attacks, and the corresponding spell icons for magic).


The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS Some concept art for the Casper movie?
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS Dog-eating aliens?? Holy Crap!
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS The face of evil...
The Legacy: Realm of Terror DOS It's all cool tentacle dude! I'm on your side now!

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "The Legacy" -- European title
  • "Haunted House" -- Working title

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User Reviews

A terrific horror game that did just about everything right. DOS Rob Von Strahd (7)
Probably the best "survival horror" game ever made - years before the genre was named DOS weregamer (169)
This game had quite a bit of potential DOS OceansDaughter (109)
Boring, super-tough, yet somehow entertaining challenge. DOS Simon Kavanagh (6)
Lot of fun DOS Tony Van (2855)

Critic Reviews

Techtite DOS 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Top Secret DOS May, 1994 95 out of 100 95
Retro Archives DOS Jul 20, 2019 17 out of 20 85
All Game Guide DOS 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Play Time DOS 1993 78 out of 100 78
Power Play DOS Dec, 1992 77 out of 100 77
Play Time DOS Apr, 1993 75 out of 100 75
PC Player (Germany) DOS Apr, 1993 70 out of 100 70
PC Games (Germany) DOS May, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Rock, Paper, Shotgun DOS Sep 05, 2008 Unscored Unscored


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Cancelled Amiga version

An Amiga AGA conversion was in development for a while.


The storyline of The Legacy (and particularly the grim Victorian house where the game takes place) was inspired by Edgar Allan Poe's tales.


Upon successful completion, The Legacy created a small binary file WINNER.INF and informed the player that the file should be kept. The contents of the file seem to indicate that it was intended for use in a planned sequel, to import the victorious player's character - unfortunately, no sequel was ever made.


The opening, title, and ending cinematic sequences were stored in a common animation format and were not hidden, encrypted, or otherwise obscured. This made viewing them very easy.

Information also contributed by Jaromir Krol, Martin Smith and saladpuncher

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Contributed to by Rik Hideto (430907) and Tony Van (2855)