Title Dungeon Master 2 Game Type RPG Compatibility AGA only Players 1 HD Installable Yes (HD only) Submission Angus Manwaring Profiled Reviewer Review Dungeon Master II The Legend of Skullkeep, is one of those games like Frontier, and Battle Command that has the chips stacked against it because of the success of it`s predecessor and the resulting level of expectation in it`s potential players. The original Dungeon Master was quite simply a Classic game, and was almost universally recognised as such. A tough act to follow. Your quest, this time, is to prevent Dragoth`s minions from creating the Zo gate, enabling him to enter Skullkeep, and there`s an awful lot of heads to be cracked before you can achieve that aim. The game does look pretty similar to DM1, with the main window showing what is in front of your four heroes, and smaller areas allowing access to the individual character`s attribute screens, their weapons, and their use of magic. There are some innovations, like the ability to have your warriors facing in different directions and the movement of objects like tables, but generally things appear pretty similar. One point that will initially throw you is that they`ve added a frame of animation to the movement. So you`ll start off thinking that you`ve clicked the forward arrow twice, assuming you`re used to the first game. I should say, that I haven`t completed DM2, infact I haven`t got very far into the game, so you`ll have to take a pinch of salt with my criticisms. What I liked though, about DM1, was the difficulty curve, that seemed beautifully tailored to the player`s capabilities. In DM2, it`s not that it`s particuarly difficult, it`s just that there seems to be an awful lot of hacking and slashing for relatively little progress. I stayed with it doggedly, but after successfully killing off a particuarly resilient bunch of critters, and expecting some payback from the game, I just turned a corner to find a whole bunch more different creatures that needed to be dealt with in a similar manner. I needed a break from the game, and intend to go back to it, but I haven`t yet. Generally the game seems pretty playable, and if you could do a lot worse than buying it if you like RPG games. Bear in mind, also that I have not seen all that the game has to offer by any means. Nevertheless, I think it`s fair to say that this is not a game that people will remember with huge affection in years to come, and given a choice between the two, I`d recommend the original every time.