Crystals of Arborea

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Crystals of Arborea

DOS - 1990

Also released on: Amiga - Atari ST

Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in France (1990)
Poland (1993)
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Turn-based
Publisher Daze Marketing Ltd., Silmarils
Developer Silmarils
Perspective 1st-Person
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.92 / 5 - 12 votes

Description of Crystals of Arborea

The precursor to highly successful Ishar series, Crystals of Arborea's story is Waterworld meets AD&D: as prince of Arborea, last refuge in the submerged world, embark on a quest to find 4 crystals and defeat the evil Morgoth to return peace to your kingdom.

Primitive RPG engine underscores good graphics and intuitive interface. As with all Silmarils games, winning this one is next to impossible-- any crystal you fail to recover will be lost forever, prompting you to reload (on top of the frustrating combats). For those with unlimited patience only!

The game had lovely landscape and character graphics as well as intro, "event" and finale graphic sequences (for the time). The action is seen from 2 different view modes - 2D for travelling over the landscape as a team, or 3D with Jarel's point of view for exploring underground tunnels etc. Some extra inventiveness (sadly not use in the Ishare series that followed) was the ability to send each of your team mates off separately to explore other areas, deal with enemy groups, etc. This helped cover more ground, but it did leave characters vulnerable if they were alone, weak, or in limited numbers when accosted by enemies.

Crystals of Arborea is an excellent introduction to the RPG genre, even with the ridiculous number of enemies that seem to pop up everywhere. The game is also non-linear in a sense that you can finish most quests in any order. Recommended for RPG newbies.

Review By HOTUD

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admin 2021-09-20 1 point

From the GoG page: "Includes Crystals of Arborea, Ishar: Legend of the Fortress, Ishar 2: Messengers of Doom and Ishar 3: The Seven Gates of Infinity"

Marty 2021-09-19 -1 point DOS version

You say to buy this game on GOG, but you link does not go to this game (goes to Ishar Compilation.) In fact GOG does not even have this game in their library at all. I am almost positive this game is still abaondonware, so I am not sure why you are against posting it.

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Amiga

Atari ST

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