You're a stranded space jockey in a rugged frontier settlement on Saturn's moon, Titan. Your one chance to get off this ice cube is to assemble a team and find... a lost city! This early Westwood title is a turn based RPG set on the surface of Mars. Your characters have attributes and 21 skills that can be raised throughout the game. You gather your party throughout the game.
Much of the game is in first person with a small top down map and status line, but combat is all top-down. Combat can be handled directly by the player or left to the AI.
Alternate Title: "Mars Saga" - Original Release
Mines of Titan is an Adventure that could best be described as "OldSkool". By that, I am referring to the first-person-perspective that is often to be seen in games like Eye of the Beholder. This perspective, while it provides a very logical and simple map design, is in my opinion a bit bland, but still, Mines of Titan has the potential for a great game.
The controls are simple, really. At least in the map mode. You just move around the map and enter shops, bars, clubs, etc. Sometimes, you get held up by random enemies, which will then force you into a fight. If you don't choose to run away, that is.
The fights are where it gets tricky - Mines of Titan has a very peculiar battle system. Though it looks like your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill battle system, it really isn't. There are some similarities to the attack system used in the Final Fantasy series, like with the commands, but the rest is rather tricky, like I said. It takes some time to get used to it, but with a little practice, you'll do fine.
The graphics are okay for their time, some people (including myself) might find them boring (VERY linear map design), others will feel at home because they liked Eye of the Beholder. Battles are not really animated, except for characters moving around and muzzle flashes (red dots basically) when somebody is shooting, but that's about it.
There is pretty much no sound at all, which adds to the boredom that will be spreading if you play this game too long. The upside about this is that you can listen to music while you're playing. But since this option didn't exist in the time of this game (at least not digitally), I will just ignore this upside.
In conclusion, I am kind of disappointed in the game - the sinister, futuristic setting could have made up a great game, but the developers wasted all their work because of some major downgrades like the battle system and lack of sound. But since I actually enjoyed the game in the start, I'll give it 3 points.
Mines of Titan is a role-playing adventure set in the 22nd century on Saturn's moon, Titan. In this role-playing game, you create and control a party of characters exploring the moon-base Primus. You develop your characters by improving their attributes and by adding new skills. Undertaking special missions during the game allows your party to build up the money they will need for training and for buying more powerful weapons.
To win the game, you must discover why contact with they city of Proscenium has been cut off. Success depends upon competence in combat, using your character's skills to their best advantage, and tracking down the clues to solve the mysteries of Titan.
An update of Commodore 64 classic Mars Saga, this is a nice sci-fi RPG set on the moon Titan. Control up to 6 characters from various futuristic backgrounds to investigate strange happenings in the mines. Interesting skills and plot make up for the boring and repetitive combats.
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