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Azrael's Tear

DOS - 1996

Alt names Azrael's Tear: A la Recherche du Graal, Azrael's Tear: Auf der Suche nach dem Heiligen Gral, Azrael's Tear: Search for the Holy Grail
Year 1996
Platform DOS
Released in France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Puzzle elements
Publisher Mindscape, Inc.
Developer Intelligent Games Ltd
Perspective 1st-Person
3.67 / 5 - 11 votes

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Azrael's Tear is a fun, innovative, but sadly forgotten CD-ROM adventure game that brings the much-vaunted 'action/adventure' genre to new heights with a smooth 3D engine, fun puzzles, and even a good plot that offers new twists to the by-now-cliché 'find the Holy Grail' premise.

The most interesting twist is the fact that you are now hunting for the Grail in the future - 2003, to be exact. The human race, as always, is on the brink of destruction, this time from a plague that only the reputed healing powers of the Grail can avert. You are a 'Raptor,' futuristic archeologist/commando/treasure hunter equipped with a plethora of weapons and mobile equipment, similar to the suit in The Journeyman Project games. The game is played from the first-person perspective, combining elements from both action and adventure genres, with numerous puzzles to solve, adversaries to overcome, and a lot of items to find and people to talk to. Thanks to your suit, you can do all sorts of nifty things including scanning life-forms, creating an automap, andmy most favorite - showing a quick summary of all the items you can interact with once you enter a new location. The suit's display hovers on one side of the screen, with a nice see-through effect that makes it feel more useful than obstructing the view.

While exploring the forgotten underground world of Aeternis to find the Grail, you will have to deal with all manners of NPCs including dangerous dinosaurs, rats, and, of course, the remaining Knights Templar who were assigned to guard the Grail from thieves. Some of these Knights are helpful, while others are downright hostile. Of the original twelve assigned to guard the grail, five remain, and the political intrigue amongst them makes for a rather interesting subplot that weaves through the game.

While the high point of Azrael's Tear is the intriguing premise and an immersive gameworld, puzzles in the game also deserve mention for being quite difficult. Although there is a fair amount of mundane find-the-right-key-to-unlock-the-door puzzles, many of them are quite challenging and require a lot of logic to figure out (and they are not Myst-style abstract puzzles that bear no relation to the game world, either). The only complaint I have about this highly entertaining game is the fact that you have to do a lot of back-tracking in the game because the keys you find will often unlock some doors very far away. And since the game world is quite large, this becomes a nuisance that only the patient gamer will be willing to tolerate. The interface also takes some getting used to, although it becomes second nature once you do.

Overall, Azrael's Tear is a very immersive game that creates an evocative underground atmosphere. The 3D environment is well done, the NPCs are fun to talk to (or attack with your trusty assault rifle). You'll even encounter other thieves, which provides some interesting action sequences. By all counts, Azrael's Tear is a great gaming experience that adventure fans shouldn't miss, and may even attract action gamers who want something more than standard shoot-to-kill games. Two thumbs up!

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namer 2024-01-30 0 point

hmmm i had minimal success runing R.exe
continued to fail due to a missing CORICORI.PCX
idk kept crashing after 5 seconds because of that

lipp 2023-08-21 6 points

Who knows this game because members of the band Gentle Giant composed for this game?
No? Just me.
No one is gonna read this? well ok.

Rendo Scan 2023-06-18 2 points

I mount the cd and then run the Azrael.bat and then it say

"Raptor error in Isample
Cannot open sample file logo.wav
Abnormal termination"

And then it close the program

Any idea?

Naytone 2023-06-11 3 points

This was actually a blast to play. It should've had the attention that System Shock did.

Phil Melendez 2020-05-20 3 points

Don't forget to convert the BIN/CUE to ISO.

KC 2019-11-19 2 points

I downloaded the DOS ISO version of this game, but Boxer states "Ring Cycle ISO does not contain any MS-DOS programs". Is there some trick to loading this game? No wonder such a cool looking game has no comments if no one can load it.
The other download (not labeled) seems to work fine, and according to the info supplied here, uses less memory.

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