Set in the Dragonlance world of Krynn, Heroes of the Lance has you guiding a party of eight adventurers in a quest to find the Disks of Mishakal deep within the underground ruins of Xak Tsaroth. Instead of controlling the entire party's actions at once, you guide one character at a time across a side-scrolling dungeon. The order of heroes, identified by portraits on the bottom half of the screen, determines which party member you control at any given time. Pausing the game allows you to rearrange characters and perform certain actions, such as casting spells or using items.
If a character dies, then play resumes with the next character until all are defeated. Dangers include bottomless pits, magical traps, crumbling ceilings, and creatures such as giant spiders, wraiths, draconians, and evil dwarves. Magic, melee, and ranged combat occurs in real time, with the types of attacks based on the selected character's abilities and equipped items. Earn experience points by defeating enemies and finding treasure. Locate and slay the black dragon Khisanth with the blue crystal staff to retrieve the Disks of Mishakal and win the game.
Based on the later parts of the Dragonlance book Dragons of Autumn Twilight, the heroes descend into a ruined city in search of the disks of Mishakal.
The gameplay consists of horizontal fighting with a maze like map using doors to change the view. The party consists of the 8 Heroes of the Lance, using one at a time and the player can switch between them at any time. Each character has different types of attacks and spells making them more suited to fighting different enemies as well as acting as lives.
One of the AD&D games that takes a break from the usual RPG style.
Heroes of the Lance, Dragons of Flame, and Shadow Sorcerer are three releases in SSI's series of action/RPG games that are based on AD&D's "Dragonlance" fantasy world. Unlike the "Gold Box" series, games in this series are basically side-scrolling platformers with a fantasy story. The party consists of the 8 "Heroes of the Lance", although you can control only one at a time with the option of switching between them whenever you want to. Since each hero has different types of attacks and spells, choosing the right hero to fight each enemy type is essential. Pleasant graphics despite a drab palette and interesting storyline (based mostly on novels/modules written by Weiss/Hickman) make this series worth a look by AD&D fans, although RPG fans may find the games too repetitive.
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