Title Amberstar Game type RPG Publisher Thalion Players 1 Compatibility All (OCS/ECS 1meg) Installer/game need caches off on 020+ HD Installable Yes Submission Joachim Andersson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Review This is one of my favorite computer roleplaying games of all time. It might have some shortcomings, I admit that, but it didnt hold back the enjoyment for me. I've even played through it twice, beginning a third time, but then the English release of Ambermoon stopped me... :) The story goes something like this: A mad sorcerer/evil god is trapped within one of the moons of Lyramion, the planet on which the game is set. Another mad sorcerer has entered the ancient fortress of Godsbane, whereupon he is trying to free the evil god. Your mission is to find the 13 parts of the Amberstar, the key to open the gate to the fortress of Godsbane. To find the pieces you will travel across deserts, oceans, forests, old tombs and the usual fantasy roleplaying game locales. The games starts with you creating a single character. The creating procedure is quick and easy, not like so many other RPGs. After that you find yourself at your parents funeral. You are alone in the world now, seeking adventure. It is time for you to seek out a quest, and it isnt far. In fact, it all begins right in your hometown. Its up to you to find it, not that its hard though.... :) At the beginning you are alone, but you find new companions on your trek, totalling six. They range from the normal elves and dwarfs to some more uncommon such as a half-orc. Their occupations are the standard fantasy ones. In fact, there's nothing really original about the game. Most of it contains the usual cliches, though thats not a bad thing when its as well made as this game is. It makes it easier to play. The graphics are okay. The city/dungeon view is a 3d view, similar to the Might and Magic games. They can get rather repetitive but since the game has an excellent automap function it doesn't really matter... The outside (and some buildings) are shown from above. Combat sequences are shown in a 3d view, along with a separate window showing a grid upon which you can position your characters in combat for tactical advantage. The music is the best part of the game. It contains 13 or so different tunes by Jochen Hippel and most of these are superb, greatly enhancing the atmosphere of the game. There are no sound effects though. In short: Amberstar is a classic computer roleplaying game. It has a huge quest, with lots of catacombs to explore and quests to perform, right across an entire world. Of course there are some negative aspects, such as that you only have one save game and that it can be quite hard in the beginning when your characters are quite worthless as fighters. But once you overcome that obstacle, the game is great, especially if you like RPGs.