Shannara Adventure Game (DOS)

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  • MS-DOS, Windows 95

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ASIN B00069IH46
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Product Dimensions 10.3 x 7.7 x 2.3 inches
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By Leola T. Sims on December 3, 2005
If you've ever read Terry Brook's Shannara series, you know that his favorite thing to do is make you feel sorry for the main character. Although this game was not written by him, it does the same thing. 'Shannara' is built to fit in between 'Sword of Shannara' and 'Elfstones of Shannara.'

It is a very fun and addictive game; although the graphics are a bit dated, but still about as good as you can expect from something from the 90's. If you have ever played anything from 'The Adventure Company' or 'Her Interactive,' you know exactly what to expect. You hardly ever use the keyboard, mostly the mouse, as it makes manuevering much easier. While not 3D, it fills the gap quite nicely with the in-game engine; it has no tile-sets, so dont expect to see the same repeating picture for every set of 5 books in a bookcase.

If, like me, you read 'Wishsong of Shannara,' and thought it mean to kill off most of the main characters (Elfstones, too, but not quite as much,) don't get too excited. Your party of companions generally consists of anywhere from 1 to 6 people; generally 5, since the sixth slot is left open for partial characters (people that you have to rescue, or agree to acompany you to a certain place.) Because you spend the majority of the game with the same 5, well 4, since you can't really count Jak Ohmsford, the character you are playing as, you get really close to them. When they suffer a personal loss, or are injured, you feel the pain along with them. Back to the reference about Wishsong, and not to spoil any of the plot twists (which there are ALOT of, believe me,) by the time you have finished all your quests and goals, there are only 3 people, counting yourself, left in your party.
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Generally a good game with some light-hearted music(the elf lady's flute in particular). You play a cousin to Shea Olmsford(second cousin of the mother's side I suppose). This takes place only a few years after the Shea incodent with a certain magical sword. Your(play character) has no V/O talant and really no id as far as appearence or back story, this is good as it means he's you. You get vague glimpses into your past via your friends and comrads dialogue the elf girl archer in particular has a intrest in your character. You are a no-talent nerdy sort of half-elf(as Shae was) who, as Frodo is reliant on his luck and friends more than special talents. Your only wheapon, you ask a lot of questions and get into a lot of trouble with tresspassing, this is all you have to enable(the player behind the screen) to solve the game. As in Ben Holiday, and the Olmsford clan, you are so much dogmeat without your magic items and a good support team. But it gets interesting later and Terry Brook's way of telling these tales makes this(otherwise wimpy role) more interesting as the centeral reluctant hero. As in King's Quest, you have no more than your wits and maybe the occasional dagger and brawl(as in Ben Holiday's Sward castle jaunt).

The acting is not that bad, as in King's Quest the actors are professional. The main key roles are played by vetrens and the others are just comical and fill in the gaps. It is doubtful it will work on XP or new OS's but it definitely works on Win 98 and 95 with the 256 640x480 config and a down-sized vid card. Sound is great with a DOS driver based sound card with windows capablity as the Audigy 1(and it's DOS counter) or SBLive.

Game veterens(who played in the 80's) and aging hippies(who crafted this stuff) will love it, everyone else is too young to appreiciate it.
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