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In Menzoberranzan the player takes the role of two adventurers (two more can be recruited) who have just returned from a fight against an evil enemy in the Icewind Dale. A drow raid looking for Drizzt attacks the village the adventurers are staying in and takes several villagers as hostages. Now (probably with the help of the captain of the guard) the adventurers will have to rescue the villagers in an epic that spans to the evil city Menzoberranzan itself.

Menzoberranzan is a first-person, party-based role-playing game that utilizes the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons rules for character creation, combat, and other gameplay elements. The game is built upon the same engine that was used in Ravenloft: Strahd's Possession. The combat is done in real-time, performed by choosing attack options and clicking on the enemy, allowing the party to execute the commands. Popular characters Drizzt and Guenhwyvar from the books by R.A. Salvatore can join the party during the quest.


Menzoberranzan DOS Kill this lonely dero dwarf to pass.
Menzoberranzan DOS Killing the monsters...
Menzoberranzan DOS The powerful inventory screen
Menzoberranzan DOS An automatic map of the area

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Alternate Titles

  • "メンゾベランザン 闇の紋章" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An old & good RPG if you go through the beginning... DOS Melliuc (579)
A weak attempt to capitalize on the nascent (at the time) FPS genre. DOS Afterburner (496)

Critic Reviews

MikroBitti DOS Feb, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Coming Soon Magazine DOS Mar, 1995 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Joystick (French) DOS Mar, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Computer and Video Games (CVG) DOS Mar, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Jan, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Quandary DOS Feb, 1995 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1995 64 out of 100 64
Score DOS Jan, 1995 40 out of 100 40
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Feb, 1995 Unscored Unscored


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CD Version

Menzoberranzan was released on a CD in 1995. It was several months after the floppy edition. However the player can easily see that CD version is not an enhanced edition but floppy edition was a stripped one. When playing the floppy version the player sometimes can experience clearly visible cuts of some scenes (eg. shorter introduction) or lack of continuity (eg. bartender gives thanks to the team for the dragon fight that did not happen). Some cut scenes also make the floppy edition slightly more difficult (eg. at the beginning of the game, there is a cut scene presenting the assault where the player can see the location of the well - lack of it in the floppy edition makes it more difficult to find).

Cover art

The game box's cover features a painting of famed dark elf Drizzt Do'Urden by artist Jeff Easley, earlier used as the front cover to R. A. Salvatore's 1990 novel Homeland.
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