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 2013-08-22 11:24:49 byAlexWalex:
Taking me back GoG !
This one had it's moments, definitely cut from the M&M mold in terms of party and perspective, but though most of my memories are fuzzy on it....I do remember it amounted to a really, really long dungeon grind that lost it's fun factor about halfway through. It just wasn't gripping enough to carry me through. I always think of it along with Undermountain..underwhelming, but maybe worth a revisit for nostalgia.
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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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