The great wizard, Galdryn of the Meadows, has been slain by
a deadly conspiracy within the Circle of Mages. His chief
ally, Lord Davenmor, now struggles to save his kingdom from
dark forces of the conspiracy and the onslaught of Lord Barrowgrim's
army of marauders. Lord Davenmor has promised his daughter's
hand in marriage to Lord Barrowgrim to quell the invasion,
but her heart belongs to another and after learning of her
father's pledge, she has vanished. Sensing treachery. Lord
Barrowgrim has sent his army to destroy Lord Davenmor and
raze the kingdom...
launch of Dungeon Lords has been delayed considerably
across Europe due to the fact that the original USA release
was riddled with bugs. The
"new updated version" sticker that is attached to
this game is there to ease gamers minds that this is not the
same bug packed version that was released in the USA.
game is based on an idea by D.W. Bradley. Now that means about
as much to me as algebra. Apparently Bradley is revered by
many RPG gamers as a godfather of the genre, having worked
on a number of PC RPG titles "including the Wizardry
series (numbers 5, 6 and 7), Might and Magic and Wizards
and Warriors." I'm afraid I'm still none the wiser,
but for those of you that care, that's who is behind the basic
game strips back all the flowery rubbish that seems to to
have become the norm with RPGs currently on the market. If
you like your RPG to be packed full of treasure hunting, monster
slaying and generally slicing and dicing till the cows come
home, then you won't be disappointed. If, on the other hand,
you want some weak story where you have to save a beautiful
maiden from a bunch of trolls, with the promise of a kiss
(from the maiden, not the trolls) then your advised to look
A fusion of fighting and traditional role playing games, Dungeon
Lords can be played solo, or a group of players can experience
the plot together over LAN or Internet. The
dungeons are large and well designed - which is just as well
as you'll be spending a lot of time there. The
gameplay takes a bit of getting used to. The mouse is used
to control the camera angle and for casting spells or performing
attacks. While it's a bit of a nightmare to start with, once
you get used to it it's quite an ingenious design.
can create and customise your character from a range of professions
and races, and undertake quests, honing your special skills
and collecting items, spells and weapons as you go. According
to the manufacturers the main quest story alone takes 30 hours,
even longer if you are playing co-operatively, plus there
are enormous amounts of characters and items to interact with
in the game world. Journey through castles, forests and dungeon
lairs as you try to get to the bottom of the evolving storyline.
is a pretty impressive addition to the genre. It's just a
shame that its original US release has meant that a lot of
European gamers will be very wary of picking this up.
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