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Lands of Lore: Throne of Chaos

by Westwood
DOS
Everyone
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B00080CDKW
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,148 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We need this game! September 27, 2005
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
If ever a game begged to be recast into modern design this is it. Patrick Stuart of STNG adds his elequent voice to the game as the king and the effect is like being in a real setting. The storyline is well crafted and the introductory film is beautiful. It's because of games like this, which showed that real artistry formed the foundation of the RPG game world, that Westwood is sorely missed in gaming. Please bring it back, Sony, or someone with real artistic skill!.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent RPG February 2, 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
My role playing is a very important part of my leisure time, I lost this game when it first came out, and happened to run across it some time ago on other gaming web sites. I really missed not playing the game and decided to buy it again, so glad I did. Lands Of Lore is a puzzle that challenges your wits and makes you super aware of your surroundings. Graphics are great,story line is very interesting and the eploring, and hunting and fulfilling quest makes this and excellent game for all ages, I am 60 years old and love his game.When I finish with Kerin I have other characters to experiment with, that too is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one is worth the visit. April 3, 2011
By JBL
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I bought this game back in 1995 on a whim... little did I know how it would impact my future as a gamer. Back then the graphics, music and sound effects were wonderful and the story line entertaining. The feeling of adventuring in the "lands" was remarkably atmospheric and engrossing. The games "fun factor" was a match with the best of what computer RPG gaming had to offer at the time. This masterpiece from Westwood Studios is still the benchmark by which I judge all RPG's that I play. What this game did right was offer the player a dynamic world to explore in, charismatic characters were peppered along the adventure and helped to bring the game to life and often offered some comic relief, and there were some darn cool spells to bring your enemies to their knees. There are challenging mazes, creepy dungeons, murky swamplands and other varied environments to keep the sight seeing fresh and some interesting items with simple interaction to help spice up your adventure along the way. Many creatures you'd encounter were menacing looking and some would show "battle wounds" as you proceeded to dispatch them. You could, at times, even effect your surroundings(the "freeze" spell in the swamplands.. as an example) A bunch of little details and a few "cinematic" events all helped the story along and contributes to time well spent experiencing this game. While today's games offer many of these features, and more, with bigger production values... very few do it with such charm. Westwood Studios/Virgin Interactive called this an "Inspired RPG Adventure"... that was an excellent way to start describing it. A play thru of this game is highly recommended even today.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lands of Lore - The Throne of Chaos - Retail Box May 3, 2008
By Larry
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Lands of Lore - The Throne of Chaos - Retail Box

Voices and choices
In this release of LOL no doubt you will all recognize the voice of Patrick Stewart of Star Trek/Captain Picard fame. Whilst he and the other actors definitely add to the appeal of this title it is, nevertheless, very good to see that the written text is still around. So, if for any reason you don't want to listen to the dialogue, you can turn it off and still follow what is going on by reading the text. And the controls in this game give you lots of different options such as separate adjustments for the level of music, sound and dialogue. Other good features include heaps of save games slots and three levels of difficulty.

Yes, you can adjust the strength of the creatures you must face which makes it perfect to recommend for less experienced players. Just access the game controls and you can choose either wimpy, normal or ferocious.

I say that this game is suitable for newer players, however I do have one reservation in this respect. There is a fighting sequence, namely in the White Tower, level 3, which is particularly difficult, even on the wimpy level. Other than that it would make an excellent introduction to Role-playing games. To play you don't have to grapple with loads of statistics, the story is developed very well and your tasks are clearly defined, and the mapping feature is as good as they come, maybe a little too good for some players. For instance you can't possibly miss a secret room or passage, they are clearly marked on your map, and it is very easy to find your way around by following the unmapped paths.

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You begin this game by selecting one of four pre-determined characters with various skills.
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4.0 out of 5 stars This game needs an update August 1, 2008
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I've never played the game outside of an emulator, so I don't know how it runs on a normal DOS computer, but on dos-box it's so buggy it drives me nuts.

As for the game itself, outwardly it looks like a turn-based RPG, but the fighting dynamics are different. The enemy does not "wait" for your turn and you can get attacked from the three sides you can't see while fighting what's in front of you. This can get very aggravating. Westwood really wanted a 3D engine before one existed, and you can see the attempt at such a game here. Unlike previous RPG's like "Wizardry" this has more than endless brick walls and you can often see several steps ahead, so there's some added depth perception. Unfortunately for those of us used to playing "WASD" with a right-hand mouse, this game is not going to work. The movement is either click-based or arrow-keys. So your mouse has to be left-hand controlled or you have to used your left hand on the right-side of the keyboard. The keys are not customizable.

The quest is strait-forward, you find out where you need to go, go there, do what you need to do and go to the next place. The story is okay and does offer background if you've played the two sequels first.

All in all I say the game needs a Windows Update. If WestWood was still around I'd start a campaign for a 3 DVD set of all LOL titles compatible with Windows. That would be a lovely Christmas present!

All in all I say play it if you like RPG's and absolutely if you liked LOL II & III. I think "LOL II Guardians of Destiny" Is the best and will load on any 86x Windows system. Let's get these software guys to re-release these classics for Windows!
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