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The Land

DOS - 1989

Year 1989
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1989)
United States (1996)
Genre Role-Playing (RPG)
Theme Fantasy, Turn-based
Perspective Top-Down
4 / 5 - 4 votes

Description of The Land

The Land is an interesting and unique shareware RPG based on the fantasy trilogy "The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant" by Stephen R. Donaldson. In typical Roguelike games manner, you create a character, travel the lands and dungeons in search of treasure and magic. There is a main goal that you will discover while you play.

What sets The Land apart from other RPGs despite outdated CGA graphics (in 1989!) is judicious use of Donaldson's intriguing fantasy gameworld. In addition to novel classes such as "Bloodguard," all characters have some vow or oath to follow, which is done by devoting a certain amount of time to their cause. If the characters don't follow ("service") their own, their abilities will be reduced over time.

The amount of service changes from class to class and level to level. You start the game with 6 months of service per year, with additional 1 month added every five levels. This provides a nice break from the mundane "kill monsters, get gold, upgrade equipment" routine, although much of Donaldson's imaginative monsters are present to make the game quite unique already anyway.

Well worth a look, especially if you are interested in Roguelikes with a difference.

Review By HOTUD

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admin 2015-01-06 -1 point DOS version

Thanks Moonbug, added the version you provided.

moonbug 2015-01-06 -1 point DOS version

You can get latest version from here:
The game seems to be freeware now (no need to register). It comes with a file "theLandFAQ_v1_0.txt" that probably was only given to registered users. Watch out though it's in UTF-16 format, so if your favorite text editor (like say DOS edit.exe, hehe) can't display it correctly, then try to open it with Firefox or other unicode-aware program.

Anyway, no comment on the game because I'm not going to try playing it without first reading the books. Some say they're hard to read because the protagonist has major flaws, but then again that can make for a more interesting story than Peter Perfect hero with all 18's stats and unfailing Lawful Good alignment (in AD&D terms...)

Riven 2013-09-21 2 points DOS version

The author is a friend of mine and I can't imagine him not providing this site the reg'd version and even the manual. I contacted him to let him know.

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