Description of Telengard
An early dungeon-crawl RPG, Avalon Hill's Telengard is among the first Roguelike games ever made for the PC. Since the original version (for the TRS-80 computer) came out way back in 1982, Telengard should be considered one of the grandaddies of Roguelike games.
Although the gameplay is extremely simple, Telengard is by no means easy. You'll die a lot before gaining a level, and new, better weapons are hard to come by. There is only one character class to play as-- a warrior/wizard combination, although you can re-roll the starting stats and cast spells during the game. Telengard features some neat ideas that became commonplace in Roguelikes, such as scrolls, and teleporters you can use to warp around the dungeon.
All in all, a respectable dungeon hack that didn't set any standards, but probably inspired a lot of authors to program Roguelikes of their own.
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Comments and reviews
mrk 2016-12-28 0 point
I played DND (pre-Tenlengard) extensively on the VAX 11/780 at my little college in the snowy northeast in 1983, 84 & 85. I would generate characters for friends and have them play while i drew the maps on graph paper. I still have the maps in a manila folder!
Trinklet 2016-11-04 0 point DOS version
I heard this game served as an influence for the devs of the original Diablo (1996). Worth a play for that alone. D1 was an awesome game. Back when Blizzard was still cool. Long before they turned into money hungry whores appealing to the lowest common denominator (decline started after the release of the overrated Diablo II, got even worse with World of Warcrack).
Deathstrike44 2016-08-30 0 point
Same here, I love Telengard and I'm in my late 40's. I collect many Avalon Hill games especially for the Atari 800, and despite my age, I still show these games to my sons and the school they attend. Kids get such a kick out of the games us oldsters played!!! Now this was game elegance at its finest!! No complex code, not even written in a complex language (basic) but the golden age of gaming knew how to get the most play out of the least memory.
Jay 2015-10-13 -1 point Commodore 64 version
Im 39.. played this in 1983 / 84. My older brothers were into D&D. Lived in a rural neighborhood in CT. Great memories of this and other video games. Trying to figure out how to load it onto my android.
Jake 2014-12-30 1 point DOS version
Played this on the C-64 for hours and hours. Never really saw the point to it, mostly just played to see how powerful I could get before getting teleported to level hundred and something to get squashed by the first thing I encountered. For some reason still had fun with it.
J. Utah 2014-08-09 1 point DOS version
This game was really great back in it's day... It was just like playing D&D... It would take around 30 min to load on my old Atari 800 cassette... If it loaded correctly! I spent hundreds of hours playing this game though...
spacejockey 2014-07-10 1 point DOS version
I remembered Telengard for my Atari 800!!! I spend as many hours mapping the dungeons on graph papers as I did playing the game. It was the game that got me hooked onto computer games so many decades ago. I am in my fifties now and I am still playing computer games. Long live Telengard; thank you!
@ A Wise Old Man 2013-05-05 1 point DOS version
Thanks for sharing these cherished memories. Wish I could have been there, but was "enjoying" military service at the time.
A Wise Old Man 2013-02-21 6 points DOS version
I played one of the late beta pre-release versions on my Commodore PET 2001 that I got directly from Dan Lawrence in early 1979, right after I got my N-series 2001 with the *real* keyboard. Dan was passing the game around at Purdue, where they'd set up a few computer labs stocked with PETs, and we'd found out about it through a computer newsletter. A couple of letters and a phone call later, and several of us PET owners had copies of Telengard on cassette tape. The program was only about 900 lines long, which barely fit in the 8K of RAM we had available at the time! Truly a prime example of how to code tight and use the hell out of tokens!
Telengard was a fun game, and Dan was a great guy who sadly passed away in 2010. He is still missed :(
mymoon 2012-01-31 -1 point DOS version
So old that most probably my grandmother played this one when she was in primary school at the age of 7. It's been around for such a long time that i can not remember a time when this did not exist. Not my cup of tea though. I liked sword of fargaol better on the C64.
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Apple II version
- Year: 1982
- Publisher: The Avalon Hill Game Company
- Developer: Microcomputer Games, Inc., Orion Software, Inc.
Commodore 64 version
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