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Dragon Wars

DOS - 1990

Also available on: Amiga - Apple II - Commodore 64 - NES

Alt name
The Bard's Tale IV
Released in
United States
Role-Playing (RPG)
Fantasy, Turn-based
Interplay Productions, Inc.
Interplay Productions, Inc.
4.47 / 5 - 17 votes

Description of Dragon Wars

The true successor to Interplay's acclaimed Bard's Tales games that unfortunately never got as much attention, Dragon Wars is an epic fantasy game that combines the best elements of Interplay's previous RPGs. Fans of classic sci-fi RPG Wasteland will recognize puzzles that can be solved by using various skills, and there are multiple solutions to most puzzles, as well as optional sub-quests.

Even the plot of Dragon Wars is a far cry from typical band-of-heroes-kill-the-foozle fare: you start out as slaves in Purgatory, stripped of all weapons and equipment. Your party must therefore concentrate on escaping the prison before setting a lofty aim of saving the land from chaos. Your quest will take you through vast continents, including the underworld, with dozens of monster types to battle and many NPCs to converse with.

Optional sub-quests are always rewarding and interesting, and multiple solutions to puzzles make Dragon Wars highly replayable. As icing on the cake, you can also import characters saved from Bard's Tales series.

Dragon Wars is a must-have for any RPGer, although those looking for an easy RPG should look elsewhere, as this is certainly not a game that you can finish in a few hours, and the final battle will take all the skills and luck you have.

Review By HOTUD

Comments and reviews

fred 2017-10-12 0 point DOS version

As soon as you enter Irkalla's realm in the magan underworld go 2 steps forward and three left. you get 5 attribute points. its a big help.

Barrack Obama 2017-05-20 -2 points

I ruined America, hahahahahahahahahaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!

denno 2017-01-14 1 point Commodore 64 version

I actually bought this game the same year it appeared on the market for the Commodore 64. I literally spent hundreds of hours in my basement playing this game while listening to the Queen II album. I really lost myself in this game and loved it. Okay, reading the paragraphs in the manual was sometimes wearysome but it helped move the game along. Funny thing is, that whenever I listen to the Queen II record today, I instantly remember the settings of my basement and this game.

dani 2015-05-05 1 point DOS version

Played tons of pc games growing up and after the space quest series this was hands down my fav. So excited to hear about dw2! Hope it happens.

argeos 2015-02-18 0 point DOS version

There are talks "Dragons Wars 2" will be out (and even crowdfunded) this year.

I played DW decades ago, and it was really the best RPG game I played then. It was not an easy game, and the ending was simply perfect (over 90 minutes real time like to defeat the last boss/last part).

The game gave you the sense that every move counts while having lots of offering you.

The graphics, sound was OK for me. I was used to RPG on paper/dices.

waltc 2015-01-30 -1 point DOS version

Like the far superior Amiga version (much better graphics--and sound--the Amiga revision has stereo music and sound effects--the DOS version has speaker beeps) this version also automaps for you...

Jake 2014-12-30 0 point DOS version

A very good game, not ground breaking by any stretch, but solid fun. And, yea, if your looking for an easy game look somewhere else, it's not really 'hard' per-se, but you'll be lucky to get out of prison in a couple hours play if you've never played it before.

Justin 2014-06-01 0 point DOS version

NVM, fixed problem. This game is TOUGH! Build up that bandage skill for one of your team members!

Justin 2014-05-27 -1 point DOS version

I love this game but you NEED to download the maps and paragraph booklet to play it. BTW, the screenshot here is full color, but I'm getting a monochrome image on D-Fend Reloaded. Why would that be?

duddy 2013-01-29 0 point DOS version

when we got our tandy 286 we each got to buy one game, as luck would have it thos was the one, and i have been playing it eversince. glad i found it again!!

king 2012-05-02 -1 point DOS version

itsa v v v super game friends dont miss it

Jeff 2010-10-09 0 point DOS version

This was my first RPG type of game on my comidore 64. Too bad they dont make more like this one

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