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ICON: Quest for The Ring

DOS - 1984

Alt name Icon: The Quest for the Ring
Year 1984
Platform DOS
Released in United Kingdom, United States
Genre Action
Theme Norse Mythology
Publisher Macrocom, Inc., Status Software
Developer Macrocom, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
4.2 / 5 - 10 votes

Description of ICON: Quest for The Ring

ICON: Quest for The Ring and Seven Spirits of Ra are two very revolutionary real-time RPGs that are unfortunately overlooked by most gamers. The reasons on why they deserve a permanent spotlight in RPG history are elaborated in great detail in MobyGames' feature article about Macrocom, the company behind the games:

A small and interesting pocket in PC gaming's history is filled with products like ICON: Quest for the Ring and Seven Spirits of Ra, both developed by a small company called Macrocom. Unconventional only begins to describe these two products, which not only pushed the early IBM PC to its technical limits, but also broke new ground in gameplay ideas and execution.

You'd be hard pressed to find a more unique game than ICON in the 1980s, for example: Based on Wagner's Reingold opera (!), it featured 16-color graphics on a video card that was only technically capable of 4-colors in graphics mode. The gameplay was real-time, and was calculated and animated at 60 frames per second. And this was in 1984 -- their later project, Seven Spirits of Ra in 1987, was even more ambitious as it tackled the Osiris resurrection myth of ancient Egyptian mythology.

If you are looking for truly revolutionary games that broke the mold, look no further than these two forgotten underdogs. Designers Neal White III and Rand Bohrer have also made ICON freeware following the MobyGames interview, a generous act for fans of old-skool RPGs. Two thumbs up, way up!

Review By HOTUD

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bs 2018-05-20 0 point

If you like this retro action-RPG, play 7 Spirits of Ra - it's a great improvement by the same company!

Wixman 2014-07-18 0 point DOS version

This is one of the few that I owned back in the day... loved it, and man was it buggy! I think I only managed to win ONCE out of probably a hundred plays.

Pink Floyd 2012-07-28 0 point DOS version

One of the greatest PC games of all time. Its like Atari Adventure meets The Legend of Zelda. This game was way ahead of its time in both game play and concept. The graphics might be dated but the fun remains. I have played countless video games in my lifetime for over 30 years and this one is still by far one of my favorites along with Tunnels of Doom for the Ti994a which was also far ahead of its time and has never lost its flavor. This game represents everything that makes RPG gaming fun and classic.

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