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Telengard is an earlier example of a "dungeon crawler" role-playing game--albeit with a top-down view- with either real time movement (DOS version) or turn-based movement and turn based combat. Telengard is also played in real time, which means that monsters can attack even when the player's character is not moving.

The player controls a single adventurer, selecting randomly-rolled sets of attributes: Strength, Intelligence, Wisdom, Constitution, Dexterity, and Charisma. The vast Telengard dungeon consists of 50 levels down and 200 by 200 rooms each level. Experience is awarded not only for defeating enemies, but also for finding treasure. When the player character gains a level, their attributes increase, and they gain the ability to cast higher-leveled spells.

Treasure chests appear randomly in the dungeon. There are also specific features such as altars, thrones, fountains, etc. that the adventurer can discover which may have various effects on the character, whether being either positive or negative. Some creatures will befriend the player, sometimes providing the player with an item and/or healing them, provided the player's Charisma is high enough.


Telengard Commodore 64 Title screen
Telengard Commodore 64 The starting location
Telengard TRS-80 Back down the stairway into the dungeon
Telengard Atari 8-bit The Inn

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "Castle Telengard" -- Compuserve version
  • "テレンガード" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A lot of dungeon in a small package TRS-80 Slik (942)

Critic Reviews

Happy Computer Commodore 64 Dec, 1983 Unscored Unscored
64'er Commodore 64 Aug, 1984 Unscored Unscored
Computer Gaming World (CGW) TRS-80 May, 1983 Unscored Unscored


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Telengard was created by Daniel Lawrence as a stripped-down microcomputer port of Gary Whisenhunt's and Ray Wood's DND mainframe game. He started it because he was fed up of mainframe administrator's complaints that his game-sessions took up too much processor time.

Related Web Sites

  • In-Depth View of the Game (The Joy of Computer Gaming, Episode 004 - A video describing the Atari 8-bit version of the game in detail, as well as comparing it to various other releases.)
  • Telengard (A fan-site devoted to the C-64 Telengard release. Lots of hints, scans and miscellaneous information.)
  • Telengard (A Telengard page from its original author, Daniel Lawrence. Including a download link for the PC version.)
  • Telengard for Windows (Official page of the Windows remake of Telengard.)
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