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Amulets & Armor

DOS - 1997

Also available on: Windows

Year 1997
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action, Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy
Publisher United Software Artists
Developer United Software Artists
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.70
3.82 / 5 - 28 votes

Description of Amulets & Armor

Amulets and Armor is an excellent RPG that suffered the same fate as Wizards & Warriors: a game that has been in development far too long that it fell out of the technology curve when released.

Similar to D.W. Bradley's ill-fated masterpiece, Amulets & Armor boasts many innovative features that would have been called "groundbreaking" if released just a few years earlier. Your quest: defeat "big foozle" Exiguus the Necromancer deep in the catacombs below Castle Arius.

With a first-person perspective and somewhat pixellated VGA graphics, the game looks and feels similar to Bethesda's classic Daggerfall, but with a whole new angle: co-operative multiplayer gameplay. You can work alone, or as a team with up to 4 human players over your local IPX network or modem. With a large fantasy campaign that spans over 30 levels, 3 different runic spellcasting disciplines, 11 different character classes, and more than one hundred unique items, Amulets & Armor will immerse you for hours on end, especially if you play with friends in co-op mode. Death-match play - probably the first in an RPG - is also available if you enjoy working against friends more than with them ;)

With an excellent spellcasting system, intuitive interface, and innovative multiplayer options, Amulets & Armor ranks among one of the most obscure and underrated RPGs of all time, and it was a shame that the game was never marketed properly: it was released only as shareware, and sold less than 100 copies during its time according to this very interesting article at TheCan.org written by one of the designers. Two thumbs up, way up!

Review By HOTUD

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blahblah 2019-01-02 5 points

If you like to switch your brain off and just run through a D&D-like adventure, then this is the game for you. You can run through previous levels with the same character, so if there's a special magic item of uber-awesomeness (eg: a cool ring), you can go through the area again and collect as many as you want.

I played this game a lot when I was stuck with an older PC and no money to upgrade. It's like a cross between Doom, Heretic & SSI D&D adventures. There's an over-arc'ing story, but it's foregettable. Really, it's just about plowing through levels and collecting phat loots. But, once you've OP'ed your character, there's nothing more to it.

I think the original idea of the game was to release more modules for it that you would buy and install. So, you could take your character(s) through other maps / adventures.

But, since it was released so late and didn't do so well, that idea was abandoned by the developer.

(There were other games in the 80's / 90's where developer spent a lot of time working on a game engine with the idea of releasing modular DLC's.. but by the time they released the game either the technology had passed them by, like this game, or they realized that nobody was interested in the modular "pay more for more stuff" concept. I think there was a comic book game like that.. the base "game" was a comic reader, and they were going to release more comics to run on it.. but the idea never took off. People back then wanted one-off products / games, and if more content was going to get sold, they wanted to buy it as a new stand-alone game.. with upgraded technology. So, it wasn't until technology started stabilizing that the concept of add-ons and such started becoming more appealing).

Brad 2018-10-17 1 point

@Johnny , just close the setup and download c++ manually from microsofts website

Johnny 2018-07-25 0 point Windows version

The install seems to be getting stuck at the very end where it wants to install C/CC+ Runtime. Computer doesn't freeze, but it just doesn't seem to be able to get past it.

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