All is not well in the world of Aden. The Darkfall stains the land with its hellspawn, the mindless horrors only known as nocturnals. Warriors tested by combat and steel ride across battered lands to battle these vile hordes Sneaky rogues and ruthless inquisitors seek out traitors in corrupted cities and towns. Powerful mechamages wield deadly contraptions of steam welded with magic. All of this will be for naught unless a true hero rises and leads the way out of the encroaching darkness!
Thunderscape is a first-person dungeon-crawling RPG filled to the brim with only the most prestigious turn-based combat and real-time exploration. Create and customize a party of six adventurers with 8 races and 11 character classes to choose from. Challenge your intellect and skill as you avoid deadly traps and solve mind-bending puzzles. Thunderscape is a precious jewel in the Strategic Simulations crown and it is our pleasure to bring it to you once more. Will you fight to save the magical and wondrous world of Aden from the Darkfall?
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Blood and Gore.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, 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 10.7.0 or later.Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 2 GB Graphics: 256 MB of video RAM Hard drive space: 250 MB Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled. Patched to version 1.1
Posted on 2013-08-24 14:50:04 byrob.liefeld:
This relatively obscure title came out during a time not very favorable for computer based roleplaying. SSI had already done all their classic Gold Box games (Poll of Radiance, Krynn series, etc), but we still had years to wait for Bioware and their Infinity engine (which made game like Baldurs Gate, Planescape and Icewind Dale posssible).
This was a murky, brown, kind of smellyread more era, which suits this equally murky, kind of dull and lackluster game pretty well.
Thunderscape seems to take a few steps back in terms of complexity. I don't mind that at all, I guess they tried to connect to a wider crowd with this (that would also explain the awesome new wave-ish guitar soundtrack, easily the best part of the game).
Unfortunately everything else is just a huge turn-off to both newcomers and old goats as well. The game engine is just terrible. The 3D gameworld is muddled, ugly, and hard to navigate because everything looks the same and highly pixellated (and it's always nighttime. a very depressing game to look at). The sound gets very annoying very fast. The combat, though fast paced, gets very boring also. The journal and the map is a joke. The story is nothing new.
All in all, the game is a strange curiosity from a time where nobody really knew where to go with the CRPG genre. Worths playing if you collect this kind of games, otherwise, you wont find much likability here.
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Posted on 2013-08-24 04:13:51 byMentalepsy:
How much you enjoy Thunderscape depends on how much you want to enjoy it. I adore it, but some will have trouble with its idiosyncrasies.
Thunderscape is a megadungeon, featuring a dozen distinct locales spanning 20+ maps. Cadence of gameplay is much like Wizardry 6; you'll explore complex levels, battle thousands of monsters, and conquer puzzles and obstacles to progress. Secretread more rooms, treasure caches, and especially new areas of the game are all incredibly satisfying to discover. The automap can be confusing in the game's 3D environment, so being conscious of your movements is essential. Environments are a bit drab, but that's 1995 for you.
Combat is fairly standard, but offers adjustable difficulty and a decent variety of tactics. It's snappy and quick to resolve, there's just the right amount of it, and killing monsters feels great. Sound design suffers here from some truly painful monster noises, but you can turn sound effects off and miss very little.
The fully classless skill system offers a lot of freedom, and allows for fun characters like dwarven rifle-priests and dual-sword lizard mages. I do wish the system was a bit more detailed.
An outstanding orchestral hard rock soundtrack ties the game together and constantly drives you forward. I'd have liked a few more tracks, especially early in the game, but what's there is stellar.
If you're a fan of classic crawlers, give this cult gem a try. It takes some getting used to, but it can really draw you in.
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Posted on 2013-08-22 11:23:40 byGremwall:
I have not played this release, but I remember buying this game as a kid, I instantly fell in love with the intro and spent hours making my ultimate party. There is lots of exploration and puzzles in this game. Its almost more of an adventure game to some degree, at least in the beginning, as you have no idea what your are doing or where you are going. I look forward to being able to play again and beating it this time.
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