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War of The Lance

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Apple II - Commodore 64

Year
Platform
DOS
Released in
United States
Genre
Strategy
Theme
D&D / AD&D, Fantasy, Licensed Title, Turn-based
Publisher
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer
Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Perspective
Top-Down
4.71 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of War of The Lance

A precursor to SSI's more famous Sword of Aragon fantasy strategy game, War of the Lance is SSI's first foray into the niche genre of fantasy wargames. As one of the first games of its kind, War of the Lance introduces many gameplay elements that became standards in the genre: a good mix of AD&D fantasy units (in this case the Dragonlance universe) and wargame-style tactical options. Resource management is also key, as you can only build new units in cities you conquer.

Overall, War of the Lance is a fun fantasy wargame that, although lacking in replayability or longevity that other games enjoy, would influence classics such as Sword of Aragon and SSG's Warlords.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

Jake 2015-01-02 0 point DOS version

Had this on C-64, great turn based strategy game for it's time. Although the lack of recruitment and resource management of any sort hindered it greatly. Also, dose anyone know the exact formula for the effects of dragons? It seems rather random, either they are not worth having or they destroy they enemy utterly. Main problem I had with the game back in the day was the in-ability to influence battle at all, even simple command options would have really made this game much better.

Not A Wise Old Man 2013-10-13 1 point DOS version

This was a grand strategy game. Not an RPG. So it couldn't be an Ultima I knockoff, since it was a completely different genre.

Spares 2013-03-12 1 point DOS version

This game is one of the best games around from it's era and showed what was possible with the technology then. It's the only game I play that is over 20 years old. It's amazing what they achieved in game play in the 90's considering the limited functionality of the systems they were working with. More creative, less reliant on graphics.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-19 -2 points DOS version

This was a bad Ultima I knockoff that I sadly remember. Not as anything specific, just as a game not worth remembering :P

norman 2011-01-17 0 point DOS version

thank you so much for the explanation! now i can play war of lance

admin 2011-01-17 0 point DOS version

Norman, you don't have to enter a password, just hit enter when the game asks a documentation check ;)

norman 2011-01-14 0 point DOS version

does everybody know how to pass documentation check? i tried hundred times to insert the word required, but none of them are succeded. badly needed explanation, wants to war of the lance right now :-(

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