Ishar : Legend of the Fortress is the sequel to the Crystals of Arborea.
Morgoth and Morgula, the black god and his witch wife who were defeated in the previous game, had a child, Krogh. Their evil progeny is based in the fortress Ishar, which means "unknown" in the elven tongue, and has plans to reduce to population of Kendoria to slavery. The player takes the role of a traveler who, with the aid of up to five companions, battles through the fortress to defeat Krogh and stop the spread of the powers of chaos.
This is the game that started the most successful Silamrils trilogy. It's a great RPG game (if you're into that kind of games).
Now some of the things I really liked: You start off as Aramir, but even if Aramir dies the game continues (if you have other members in your party). You can recruit people to help you on your way, but be careful - they have different personalities (some are useful others are traitors) that will make the game more interesting. According to their personal goals and skills you will have more than one way to get things done.
As with every RPG you can make your characters evolve into something more. You have training facilities to strengthen everybody, places to recruit people (you can meet people on the way also), stuff to buy to help you with your quest...
It's not a bad game,... The world is huge so don't get lost in it, the graphics are good for the time of their creation and they use 3D (well nothing impressive by today's standards, but remember the game was made in 1992).
The sound could be improved and I didn't really like the interface although it's not too complicated. Click on the action button to give orders to your character (like: recruit). Click on attack to fight - but the fighting is really one of the biggest downsides to the game. You can choose the weapons - but it seems you're only taking random swings at the enemy. You have no more control over the fight except for telling your character to attack and he takes a poke at the enemy.
All in all I'd give this game a 3. It's a classic RPG (and I really don't like the genre), but it could still be so much better.
The Ishar series is undoubtedly Silmarils' most successful games, and rightly so. Silmarils touted Ishar I when it was released in 1992 as "a new benchmark for RPG"-- a bold statement that turns out to be quite accurate: all 3 games boast exceptional 3D graphics for their times, huge gameworld, alternate solutions to puzzles, and-- best of all-- different personalities and goals of your party members that make gameplay tenfold more colorful and fun. Ishar III is the best of the series, combining the mundane kill-the-bad-guys-in-Ishar plot with time travel elements. Highly recommended.
People who downloaded Ishar 1 have also downloaded:
Ishar 2, Ishar 3, Eye of The Beholder 3, Eye of The Beholder 2, Eye of The Beholder 1, Entomorph: Plague of the Darkfall, Hexx: Heresy of The Wizard, Moonstone
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