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The Seven Spirits of Ra

DOS - 1987

Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Action
Theme Egypt, Fantasy, RPG Elements
Publisher Sir-tech Software, Inc.
Developer Macrocom, Inc.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Bird's-eye view
4.13 / 5 - 8 votes

Description of The Seven Spirits of Ra

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!

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freakedenough 2022-08-28 0 point

this game proofs that "ibm compatibles" are only "compatible" and not 100% accurate clones. this game does not work on my portable 386, nor on my olivetti m24sp nor on my bondwell b200. they just cant handle the graphical hacks of it.

retrospace.net 2022-08-28 0 point

unfortunately, the game doesnt work on the olivetti m24/at&t 6300. the builtin cga card is not 100% compatible with the ibm cga card.

MERKLEY 2015-07-18 0 point DOS version

...looks like it's using weird userdefined fonts in textmode, somehow pressed to half size and used as sprites...just awesome!

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