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Legacy of The Ancients

DOS - 1989

Also available on: Commodore 64

Alt names LotA, LoA
Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy
Publisher Electronic Arts, Inc.
Developer Quest Software, Inc.
Perspectives 1st-Person, 2D scrolling, Top-Down
Dosbox support Fully supported on 0.65
4.5 / 5 - 16 votes

Description of Legacy of The Ancients

A classic RPG from Electronic Arts, this game became an instant classic once it was released on the Commodore 64. One of the best "solo" RPG ever, everything in this game is flawlessly implemented, from the combat module down to the entertaining casino in towns. I daresay this is the best CGA RPG ever made :)

Too bad its sequel Legacy of Blacksilver was never converted to the PC, although its cousin Questron 2 was.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

LOTA guy 2021-09-25 5 points

Hello classic gamers. A quick note from the guy who actually designed all of these graphics way back then. I was, at the time, a young college student at Michigan State University with big dreams about the future of digital design - and am still enjoying that ongoing adventure. The twin brothers who coded the game built for me a rudimentary design interface that would make us all laugh now - but at the time it was cutting edge. The entire screen was built from 8 x 8 pixel "bricks" that I created. Each brick could contain any 3 colors from an 8 color palette. Those bricks could be duplicated or re-used in any fashion. For example, the water, cave walls, etc were all patterns; the monsters eyes were single use. While I did not go on to a career in game design, it was a big thrill to have my work commercially released. My stepson is an avid gamer (competition winner, etc) and pointed me to this page. Since my Commodore 64 is no longer in tip-top condition, I guess I'll give the old game another go here. Thanks all for the compliments - put a smile on my face.

CatManDo 2020-09-13 2 points

One of the few I’ve managed to complete, on the C64. A trick I learned was to map the dungeons with a scrabble board, coins to represent doors and etc. More flexible than graph paper. When I cleared the level, I’d transfer it to graph paper then. Also, cheated, saved before entering casino, bet ‘bigly’ and saved or reset depending on outcome.

T 2020-07-22 0 point Commodore 64 version

My first CRPG. I never progressed past character level one back in the day even though I was able to complete The Test. I give it 4 stars - but that is generous. The graphics were awesome for their time and actually hold up alright. A few very questionable design decisions though. Combat is frequent and repetitive, without the reward of advancement a XP based system would have. That would be more ok, but for the arbitrary leveling which is required to advance in the game and fails to recognize advancement...big flaw there.

CmdrKruge 2018-09-10 2 points

My Favourite RPG. I played and finished it several times on the C64. It was the first game I finished on my own without hints from my friends and it was also the first one I finished before my friends.

karter 2018-08-18 1 point Commodore 64 version

oh my! This was a great rpg for its time. Used to play it on the c64 but never could complete it.

Ron 2017-11-05 1 point Commodore 64 version

Hey guys... this is incredible... huge fan of the C64 version of the game and played it back 30 years ago when it came out.

In any case, how do you play the C64 download? Do you need a special emulator? I saw one mentioned in the comments above, but not sure how to proceed. Thanks!

Dervrak 2017-04-21 2 points Commodore 64 version

This was truly a great game, but sadly underrated even back in the day. I still find the entire "museum exhibit" concept and the way the game centered around finding gemstone coins to access more of the museum an amazing concept and would love to see something similar someday. And who knows? With the indie scene and crowdsourcing maybe we'll finally see a Legacy of the Ancients II someday....

madmatt100 2014-12-26 2 points DOS version

What a great game. I'm happy that I happened onto this site. I have missed this game over the past 30 years. it was the first game I ever solved. thank you for making it available.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-23 0 point DOS version

Didn't the C64 version also run on the VIC-20 if you managed to get the eternal RAM carts up to 32MB, and that includes the vector graphics cart?

mymoon 2011-10-11 0 point DOS version

go for the 64 version and also play legend of black silver.

kismet 2011-09-25 0 point DOS version

good game!

wolfen 2009-01-03 1 point DOS version

this so sad pc version ! blips bleeps vs commodore 64 3 voice music synth aka like adlib and 16 color graphics aka Like EGA god they even had VGA cards 256 colors in 1989!

if you want to see this in full bloom get the commodore 64 emulator for the pc and get the d64 file of this game and you will be pleased i still like this one too

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