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War of The Lance

DOS - 1990

Also released on: Apple II - Commodore 64

Year 1990
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Strategy
Theme D&D / AD&D, Fantasy, Licensed Title, Turn-based
Publisher Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Developer Strategic Simulations, Inc.
Perspective Top-Down
4.8 / 5 - 30 votes

Description of War of The Lance

A precursor to SSI's more famous Sword of Aragon fantasy strategy game, War of the Lance is SSI's first foray into the niche genre of fantasy wargames.

As one of the first games of its kind, War of the Lance introduces many gameplay elements that became standards in the genre: a good mix of AD&D fantasy units (in this case the Dragonlance universe) and wargame-style tactical options. Resource management is also key, as you can only build new units in cities you conquer.

Overall, War of the Lance is a fun fantasy wargame that, although lacking in replayability or longevity that other games enjoy, would influence classics such as Sword of Aragon and SSG's Warlords.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Darviathar 2023-01-06 0 point

Sword of Aragon came out before this game!
Sword of Aragon was a really unique game that I wish someone would reboot.

will smith 2022-03-17 1 point

It's amazing how every time there's a "wise old man" comment on one of these it's followed by someone calling him out for talking out of his ass

XLTDF 2020-01-23 1 point

There should be a mod of it on Total War games :'( . Looks really awesome for its time. (i don't ask for a remake. I don't want to fall in a deepless void dimension xD)

Lancer 2018-05-21 2 points

This has nothing to do with ultima series. Its about strategy, diplomacy and exploration. In this game you must learn how to loose fights to win the battle.

Jake 2015-01-02 1 point DOS version

Had this on C-64, great turn based strategy game for it's time. Although the lack of recruitment and resource management of any sort hindered it greatly. Also, dose anyone know the exact formula for the effects of dragons? It seems rather random, either they are not worth having or they destroy they enemy utterly. Main problem I had with the game back in the day was the in-ability to influence battle at all, even simple command options would have really made this game much better.

Not A Wise Old Man 2013-10-13 5 points DOS version

This was a grand strategy game. Not an RPG. So it couldn't be an Ultima I knockoff, since it was a completely different genre.

Spares 2013-03-12 2 points DOS version

This game is one of the best games around from it's era and showed what was possible with the technology then. It's the only game I play that is over 20 years old. It's amazing what they achieved in game play in the 90's considering the limited functionality of the systems they were working with. More creative, less reliant on graphics.

A Wise Old Man 2013-02-19 -15 points DOS version

This was a bad Ultima I knockoff that I sadly remember. Not as anything specific, just as a game not worth remembering :P

norman 2011-01-17 1 point DOS version

thank you so much for the explanation! now i can play war of lance

admin 2011-01-17 1 point DOS version

Norman, you don't have to enter a password, just hit enter when the game asks a documentation check ;)

norman 2011-01-14 0 point DOS version

does everybody know how to pass documentation check? i tried hundred times to insert the word required, but none of them are succeded. badly needed explanation, wants to war of the lance right now :-(

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