Realms of Chaos is an exciting side-scrolling platform game with an innovative mix of action, adventure, mysticism, and role-playing that's never been seen in this style of game. Set in the fantastic world of Mysteria, Realms of Chaos is the first of many adventures of Endrick and Elandra, a brother and sister duo who find themselves on a journey to save the many realms of Mysteria, from a dark, evil shadow that has engulfed their world, and has turned all of the inhabitants into fierce enemies.
The story of the darkness is revealed as you finish each of the three game chapters. Each chapter, or episode, has three unique realms--each realm has new enemies, new graphics, new traps and new challenges. In all, 26 killer levels of classic VGA platformer fun!
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8s, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.6.8 or later. Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz+, Memory: 1GB of RAM, Graphics: 64MB of video memory, Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.
Posted on 2013-03-05 09:07:16 byNumbers:
It might've not been Jazz Jackrabbit, Halloween Harry or Jill of the Jungle, but Realms of Chaos was certainly one of the more top-shelf action packed platformers. While all the previously named were rather straightforward and focused more on platforming segments, Realms of Chaos added some adventure added to the equation.
The most notable feature of the game is being able toread more switch between a strength oriented male fighter with a melee attack and a more nimble female mage - an idea that seems to pop up in Trine later on. You also posess abilities that are activated with gems you gather along the journey.
The graphics are pretty great - nice VGA backgrounds teeming with life, huge sprites and decent effects. The scrolling could be a bit better and has that 'floaty' PC feeling. The music is excellent! Hell it was done by one of the industry veterans.
Overall it's a much overlooked classic that fully deserves 5 stars out of 5.
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Posted on 2013-03-05 20:09:30 byhansappel:
Apogee made a lot of platformers during the early and mid ninties. The quality varied, but Realms of Chaos is a product of seasoned veterans, and it shows. Sure, the game wasn't developed by Apogee, but I suppose they had a hand in consulting the designers and programmers.
Realms of Chaos is the story of two heroic siblings, a sword-fighting brother and a spell-casting sister,read more and their adventures through a varity of fantasy levels. I can't recall the exact plot, but like most platformers the focus isn't really on the story.
What sets the game apart is the already mentioned variety and the fact that everything seems polished and well thought out. For example, there are five different difficulty settings, and the hardest one is still not impossible, and the easiest one is still challenging to a first time player. Even though some of the levels have mechanics like an auto-scrolling screen (and playfield) on higher difficulties, I never really felt frustrated. If I remeber correctly, you can also save the game anywhere, and you can switch player character at any point in the game (they have their own health counters, but if one of them dies the game is over).
What else is there to say? Well, the graphics are colourful and have stood the test of time, being nice to look at even today. The music isn't bad either, when working with midies composers really had to compose; just adding ambient wind sounds to make the game "atmospheric" didn't do the trick back then!
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Posted on 2013-03-06 08:12:10 byRoin:
This is the first time I see this game and it is totally worth the money. The controls and animations are smooth using the provided dosbox config, sound, music and effects give it a nice and enjoyable setting. Playing this game for some time now the greatest part about it is the switching between two characters, each with different abilities, choosing wisely where to use what characterread more makes the game either easier or more difficult which is a nice aspect and gives it variety not found in many old platformers. Since it is a dos game and the dosbox config file that comes with the game works on Linux Dosbox too it is also interesting for all gog.com Linux gamers.
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