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KINGDOM: Shadoan
Book Two

Reviewed by  Mr. Bill & Lela

How do you follow a class act? Well if you're Rick Dyer, Dragon Slayer (his game 'Dragon's Lair' is in the Smithsonian Museum), you create a sequel like this one: as good as the original and even better in some ways. This is the continuing saga of a young hero's quest that will appeal to the whole family.

In Kingdom: The Far Reaches, Book One we met the young Lathan: the only surviving heir to the throne of the Argent Kings. Unaware of his royal heritage and still only an apprentice in magic, he nevertheless had been sent out on a mission of grave importance. He had to make a perilous journey to the far reaches of the Five Kingdoms to recover the scattered pieces of the 'Hand' of power, before the evil wizard Torlok the Twisted found them.

Despite his youth and inexperience, he succeeded in finding 3 of the relics (the Black Mace, the Hunting Horn and the Orb of Mobus), and he defeated Drakesblood the Wicked (Torlok's pawn), thereby restoring Princess Grace Delight to her throne in Iscar. But Torlok, murderer of the great wizards and the entire bloodline of the Argent Kings except for Lathan, has been growing more powerful daily. And he is enraged at the young upstart who has been foiling his plans.

Lathan, now a handsome young man, must recover the 2 remaining relics to complete the Hand (the Dagger of Arne and the Crown of Malric), and take his rightful place as the last of the Argent Kings. But the most dangerous part of his quest lies ahead: for he must go to Shadoan and face Torlok himself .....

And even before he faces Torlok he will have to outwit and overcome his old enemy the Plague Magician, as well as new threats like hungry Trolls, aggressive Norsemen, Serpent Men, and a She-Wolf. And the land itself is perilous in this enchanted medieval world, with places like the Caverns of Chaos and the Isle of Fire.

The story is engrossing and the graphics are magnificent. It's like being in a cross between Tolkien's 'Lord of the Rings' and an interactive Disney movie, with brilliantly colored and flawless animations. And the music is superb, with a soundtrack arranged by the musical team behind Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Pocahontas', and a successful original popular song called 'Where Do We Go From Here?'.

It is a 3rd person, point and click game with inventory and a map for travel. There is a history book for background information, a journal for notetaking, and you begin the game with the treasures that you found before. And as in the first game, it has been designed with many features and options so that both younger and older gamers can enjoy playing, including a choice of difficulty levels.

However the puzzles are not difficult, although many are timed and there is one memory puzzle near the end. But as before, if the action 'freezes' then you know to use an inventory item or leave, and an introductory sequence is provided at each new location to give hints (with onscreen text, if desired).

You still have spells with limited use and only 3 lives, and you can still die unexpectedly so save often (you have 5 save slots in this game). But you don't die as often as you did in the first game (and they're not graphically explicit), Daelon the wizard often warns you of danger, and if you do slip up there is a place provided where you can get healing and another life.

It is a spellbinding interactive fairytale with a "happily ever after" ending that you will enjoy sharing with the young people in your life!

Created (1996) by Rick Dyer and Virtual Image Productions (no longer exists).

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"Walkthrough" available here!

"Walkthrough" available here!

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