Kingdom II: Shadoan was created, conceived, and produced by Rick Dyer, designer of Dragon's Lair and Space Ace. The story takes place in an animated world reminiscent of Tolkien's work and is based on the arcade game Thayer's Quest.
The story revolves around a quest by the main character Lathan Kandor, the last of the magic-wielding Argent Kings, to recover two lost relics, the Dagger of Arne, and the Crown of Malric. These two items, when combined with three previously found relics recovered by Lathan in the "prequel" adventure Reaches, form the powerful amulet known as the Hand of Mobus. From this mystical device emanates magical powers strong enough to help Lathan in his quest to defeat the evil Torlock, the second most powerful mage in the Five Kingdoms.
The game features a Disney-team musical soundtrack, 70,000 feature-film, hand-painted quality animation cels and is the product of a three million-dollar budget. Developed for an international audience, the game contains seven subtitled languages (English, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Korean, and traditional Chinese).
Two degrees of difficulty are offered and consist of an apprentice level (easy) where some puzzles and perils are suppressed and the riddle- and danger-strewn wizard level. Basic gameplay requires directing Lathan's actions throughout the Far Reaches and Shadoan and making decisions at crucial points during the adventure. A time limit is imposed on the decision-making process and is represented by an onscreen hourglass, the speed of which is dictated by the difficulty mode.
Action is controlled with either a mouse or remote with keyboard hot keys supported. Shadoan is filled with standard adventuring fare such as books of interest, a map, a scrying glass, magical gems, scrolls, and relics, among others.
This is the sequel to Kingdom: The Far Reaches. Many years ago, the wise Mobus broke a powerful amulet called "The Hand" in 5 pieces in order to protect it from getting into the hands of his evil brother Torlock. These pieces were sent to the far corners of the land. As the young Prince Lathan Kandor you have already retrieved the Black Mace, the Hunting Horn and the Orb of Mobus (in the previous game). Now you must retrieve the final 2 pieces (the Dagger of Arne and the Crown of Malric), defeat evil and be reunited with Princess Grace Delight.
This is an adventure from the makers of Dragon's Lair. The plot isn't exactly original or complex, but the animation is fluid and well-drawn. Gameplay is about using the right item or making the correct choice between the animated sequences; some of these choices are timed, meaning that you can lose health or even die, but there are plenty of opportunities to replenish your health. Of special note is the ever-present Disney-like music.
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