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A long foretold prophecy is about to be fulfilled. The Shadow Lords are on the verge of entering our world. The hero has to find a way to break the string of events, that are foretold by the prophecy. Magic is dying in the land, and the use of it is illegal -- practitioners are hunted by Mage Hunters. And worst of all, the hero's master was treacherously killed by a poisoned dirk, and the hero is blamed for his death...

Prophecy of the Shadow is a fantasy role-playing game from SSI, published in the "post AD&D" era of the company. The player is controlling a single character in a 2D interface, using an engine specifically designed for this project. The protagonist has three main statistics: strength, magic, and agility (which influences his chances of dodging an enemy attack). In order to cast spells, the hero must learn them from magical tomes found in the game, and equip a catalyst that allows him to use them in combat. The combat takes place in the same area as the exploration, and is real-time: the player must select commands while the enemies are acting. The story is told using still pictures, text, and small animated sequences that used digitized actors superimposed over 3D rendered scenes.


Prophecy of the Shadow DOS A conversation to advance the story
Prophecy of the Shadow DOS Some events are described in text only
Prophecy of the Shadow DOS You are camping. Good night!
Prophecy of the Shadow DOS You can work for the innkeeper and get money

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Prophecy of the Shadow Magazine Advertisement
Prophecy of the Shadow Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "Merchant's Quest" -- working title

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User Reviews

One of the worst games SSI has ever published... Indra was here (20853) 2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars2.17 Stars
Nice presentation, boring story and combat Kevin Garzo (4) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Aug, 1992 9 out of 12 75
Power Play Jul, 1992 74 out of 100 74
PC Joker Aug, 1992 67 out of 100 67
Play Time Sep, 1992 61 out of 100 61
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jan, 1993 Unscored Unscored


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Alexander Schaefer (2522) added Prophecy of the Shadow (DOS) on Mar 27, 2002
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