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Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins DOS You can only pick Taradino Cassatt in the shareware version.


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Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins is the shareware version of Apogee's Rise of the Triad. Unlike many other shareware games of the time which were distributed via the Scott Miller model, The HUNT Begins is a separate episode that serves as a prequel to the retail game. As Taradino Cassatt, member of the High-risk United Nations Taskforce (HUNT), the player must infiltrate the stronghold that El Oscuro's followers have established on a small island in the Gulf of Santa Catalina, and shut down their operations.

As the shareware episode was meant to showcase the various features of the full game, some of the enemies and obstacles encountered in The HUNT Begins actually only make their first appearance in episodes two and three of the Dark War. That way, the shareware version allows to sample a substantial portion of the game's arsenal, enemy roster, items, traps and other obstacles.

The HUNT Begins contains a total of ten single-player levels (seven regular levels, one secret level and two "warp-only levels" which can be accessed only with the use of the level warp cheat), and additionally there are eight levels designed for online play. Three multi-player (Comm-Bat) modes are available in the shareware version: Normal, Score Mode, and Collector, and it is possible to play in these modes not only against the shareware version owners but also against opponents who have Dark War.


Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins DOS Rise of the Triad pioneered adjustable violence levels and a parental control system (locking violence settings with a password).
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins DOS Moving lava columns can be used strategically to dispatch enemies without wasting ammo. Guns have unlimited ammo, but getting a certain bonus requires that the player not use them.
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins DOS In the non-violent Collector mode, the goal is to acquire a set amount of "triads" faster than the other players.
Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins DOS Strike Team enemies appear rather late in Dark War, but in The HUNT Begins the player encounters them already in the first level.

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MrFlibble (13765) added Rise of the Triad: The HUNT Begins (DOS) on Dec 11, 2012