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Gamefest: Forgotten Realms - PC

by Interplay
Windows 98 / Me / 95
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Forgotten Realms: The Archives Collections 1,2 & 3

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  • ASIN: B00005JGR4
  • Item Weight: 5 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: August 22, 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,568 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite a deal December 20, 2004
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I saw this game for $5 in the store and bought it without a second thought. For 14 games, you are paying about 35 cents per game. I owned an original copy of _Eye_of_the_Beholder_ way back when, and found a catalog from 1991 in the box. The catalog contained 5 of the games on this disk, each selling for $50. It's almost sad that games like these can depreciate in value so much -- but at the same time, it's one hell of a deal!

I tried installing these on Linux, but the installer is a Windows program, and it was all fubar in wine... So I took the disk over to my Windows 95 computer, installed Eye of the Beholder, copied all the resulting files back over to Linux and ran the game in DOSBox. It worked beautifully! I didn't try, but I'm sure they will run just fine on Windows, too.

I must complain about the manuals, though. They basically scanned the original manuals as PDFs. That's fine, although it's somewhat poor quality, but for some reason, they concatenated all 14 of the games' manuals into one huge 80MB PDF file. It therefore takes up a ton of room -- even if you are only playing one game at a time, you still have all the others' manuals on your HD -- and it's hard to find the game you want.

Despite that, if you have played some of these games before, and would like to experience some nostalgia, you really can't go too wrong with 35 cents per game.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars maybe a bit primitive... October 6, 2006
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
It's hard to review a compilation like this without discussing how brilliant each (well, most) of the individual games are, but if you're looking at this product, you probably already know about them and want to play them despite however primitive they are. Needless to say, this is probably the biggest bang for your buck you will ever find.

The package itself is pretty standard bargainware. The two discs are in flimsy, clear, and probably cracked CD cases. that have been tucked inside the cardboard. Each game comes with it's own individual installer, as one reviewer complained about, but I found this actually rather convenient. It gives you more control over how you want to organize your stuff on the computer, and it means you don't have to install games you don't want to play.

The manuals and other documentation were scanned by Interplay and put on the disc in one huge pdf file, which really looks nice, but unfortunately some of the scans are sloppy and unreadable. Printing it out won't help, either. Your best bet would be to search around online for replacement manuals. I found a website called ReplacementDocs to be incredibly useful. One reviewer mentioned his decoder wheel being absent, and those can be found online as well.

The content of the discs is amazing, and that's really what you should be buying this package for. Each of these games is historically significant and an amazing play, even if they do come across as a bit primitive. Another reviewer mentioned that he found the games very hard to get into. There's usually a good 5-hour learning curve for figuring out what the heck you're doing, but I promise that you'll get over that and realize just how great the games are. The included manual shows signs of good intentions on behalf of Interplay. It's nice, but not always readable. Overall, buy it for the games, and don't expect much else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Games Fun For The Classic Gamer! January 10, 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great Classic Games Fun For The Classic Gamer! You can't Get the Old Classic D&D Games W/O having an Old Commodore 64 and playing them that way. This is the Next best thing! The Games are Great! If you are an RPG FAN and you want to see how they all came about, it's worth a try because these are the origional.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Old Skool D & D January 26, 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
this is definately an old school game for D & D'rs. its everything you want in the old style gaming. hours of fun and fighting. This isn't just one game, there are seven games on these two disks and they are for all levels of fun. Don't want to start as a first level group, then try the next game and start off as a higher level. did you just die, good thing you saved.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good service, but otherwise a waste of money January 13, 2013
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It is no fault of the seller that this is largely a waste of money. The seller did a rather good job of delivering the product swiftly, though it was a little bit bunged up in spots. Nothing serious, though, and not enough to detract from the games within. However, these games are available for free on the Internet, and while I thought, at first, that there were problems with the copy protection that needed original copies to circumvent, I have found this assumption to be completely wrong. While the seller does good work, and I would buy other things from them, I have to advise potential buyers to find these games online instead, freely and, as far as I can tell, legally.
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