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8Jan/140

Eschalon Book 1 Review

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Looking for an exciting adventure in the medieval woods of fantasyland? Try playing Eschalon Book 1, an old time RPG, epic Mac game in the style of Wizardry, Ultima and Might & Magic. This game will draw you into their incredible world of monsters, mysteries and action.

The game begins with you awakening in a destroyed home somewhere in the woods. You have no memory of who you are, where you are , what is happening, and what happened to you to be in this state of confusion. In fact, you don’t even know there’s a current war going on all around you so you start looking around and walking to find and click on objects and notes to discover what happened.

Notes found from an unknown benefactor reveals that your situation is not accidental and you may have caused it on yourself? But, why? Your quest for answers will take you across many lands, down dark dungeons, up against enemies and combating missions assigned to you from various people or from  notes from your benefactor; some of which will take you away from your main quest and branch out into sub quests.

To play this game you click on items such as barrels, buckets, chests, wells to collect your inventory of  torches, ropes, potions, weapons, shields, and special rings. You also need to acquire points to get experience so you can level up to be a stronger person. Of course, there is the ever important red health potion you drink to regain your strength. To fight monsters and evil things you must continuously click to beat them off. Some of you may not like this form of fighting but get used to it because there are a lot of enemies and monsters to conquer.

You will need strategy, skill, magic and the right weapon to win in this game. So customizing the right character and skills are important. There are many options to choose from and it can get very confusing at the beginning.  Keep at it and you will figure everything out.  Your decisions will differ your play each time so you can get a lot of use out of this one game.

My main complaint about Eschalon book 1 is there are no female characters to choose from the list of male warriors. In addition, setting up the game and following the story line is somewhat confusing but by starting the play, you get the main gist and feel of the game. Otherwise, the game is your typical RPG story set in medieval times, finding needed items, and traveling through many different lands fighting dozens of monsters and enemies.

Anyone who is into RPG will enjoy the many hours it takes to play this fun game. You can’t go wrong with it so try playing Eschalon Book 1 and search for answers while experiencing action and adventure when you have a few hours to kill.

Features of Eschalon 1:
-Hours of game play
-Dozens of monsters
-Main and sub quests
-Hundreds of items

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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