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Orcs have overrun the countryside of the small coast town of Riva. A dwarven mine in the countryside has been occupied by a mysterious orc chieftain who seems to be of an unusually high intelligence. For an inexplicable reason, the city authorities refuse to acknowledge the danger. And rumors of a group of traitors in the city's slum districts surface. A party of adventures arrives in the town and tries to investigate these troublesome occurrences.

Shadows over Riva is the third and final part in the Realms of Arkania trilogy, and the only one shipped exclusively on CD-ROM and featuring SVGA graphics as well as a smooth-scrolling 3D world. All other aspects of the game are very similar to its predecessors: the player generates a party of characters of various classes, roams the game world from a first-person view, and engages in turn-based combat displayed on separate isometric screens. Changes mostly include fine-tuning such a more streamlined inventory management and integration of area graphics into battle screens.

Unlike its predecessors, the game is set entirely in the town of Riva and its immediate surroundings. The prominent traveling-related gameplay features of the series are therefore reduced in this installment. However, the town itself is noticeably larger than any settlement in the previous games and acts as a hub locations connecting various areas. Full-screen hand-drawn cutscenes serve to advance the plot.


Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS I have to solve a riddle to pass this door.
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS In the temple
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS Exploring the magician's tower. Notice how the engine has improved.
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva DOS As you can see, the fighting screen has been slightly improved. Notice the unique rendered enemy

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Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva Render
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva Magazine Advertisement
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva Screenshot
Realms of Arkania III: Shadows over Riva Render


Alternate Titles

  • "巫術闇影" -- Traditional Chinese spelling
  • "Realms of Arkania 3: Shadows over Riva Classic" -- Steam release title
  • "Realms of Arkania 3" -- release title
  • "La sombra sobre Riva" -- Spanish title
  • "DSA 3" -- Common German abbreviation
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Schatten über Riva" -- German title
  • "Das Schwarze Auge: Die Nordland-Trilogie Teil III - Schatten über Riva" -- German tag-lined title

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User Reviews

One of the best RPGs ever made - a spiritual successor to Betrayal at Krondor DOS Alex Z (1949)

Critic Reviews

Xtreme Pc DOS Jan, 1998 84 out of 100 84
PC Action (Germany) DOS Dec, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Quandary DOS Aug, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) DOS Jul 31, 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Computer Games Magazine DOS 1997 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GameSpot DOS Jun 04, 1997 7.9 out of 10 79
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1997 74 out of 100 74
Power Play DOS Jan, 1997 70 out of 100 70 DOS 1996 70 out of 100 70
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Sep, 1997 Unscored Unscored


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Did you know that the producer of this Trilogy is Guido Henkel, also known as Guy Henkel, the designer of 1999 RPG of the year "Planescape-Torment"?

Related Web Sites

  • A video of Armalion (This is promotional video of the never released game Armalion. )
  • DSA - Die Nordlandtrilogie (mostly German) (The biggest German fan-page of the Realms of Arkania Trilogy. Contains just about everything you need to about the trilogy. Maps, items, bug lists, patches, tips and tips & tricks, etc... It probably is the most complete database about the trilogy on the web. Unfortunately the the site is in German, but there is some effort at the moment to translate the major parts into English. Already done are the maps.)
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