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Deep in the dungeons lay the fabled ruby treasures. Many brave souls have tried to recover them; all have failed. Little did they know how futile their quests would be -- they met a horrible fate at the hands of a horrible serpent king. Can your party of champions defeat the dragon and claim the ruby treasures? Or will you, too, be vanquished?

Swords and Serpents is a first-person, party-based CRPG in the tradition of Wizardry. Put together a team of 4 heroes (roll your own characters or simply use the pre-generated party) from three classes: warrior, thief, and magician. A 16-level dungeon awaits you, full of weapons, armor, magic spells, and other valuable items. Beware, though: an assortment of traditional fantasy beasts and villains awaits you!

Teleporters and "zoom tubes" speed up your travels. Temples provide safe havens for your party to restore health and mana. An auto-map feature helps the player keep track of what locations you have visited. A password system allows you to save your progress as you travel deeper into the darkness.


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Because the name “Dungeons and Dragons” was already taken. PCGamer77 (3225) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

Critic Reviews

Video Games Jun, 1991 78 out of 100 78 Sep, 2013 B 75
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1991 9 out of 12 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1990 22 out of 40 55
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Cover art

The artwork for the game's front cover was drawn by Boris Vallejo, a famous fantasy artist. According to Working Designs' RPG Critic column, he was not paid for the use of his artwork in the game's cover art.
PCGamer77 (3225) added Swords and Serpents (NES) on Mar 13, 2005
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