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BACKLOG QUEST! Lands of Lore : The Throne of Chaos Analysis

BACKLOG QUEST! Lands of Lore : The Throne of Chaos Analysis

One of our favorite dungeon crawlers from the DOS era turns 25 this year.

A poorly impersonated Patrick Stewart joins the 2 Headed Hero on the newest Backlog Quest analysis and retrospective!

Today’s episode is a look back on one of our favorite RPGs from our formative years: Westwood’s Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos. Check out the full video analysis on 2 Headed Hero’s YouTube channel!

This delightful DOS-based dungeon delver and adventure title is the first in a series created by Westwood Studios in the 1990s. Featuring a smoother version of the grid-based first person movement and real-time combat seen in other contemporary titles such as Dungeon Master or Eye of the Beholder, Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos finds its niche as a more streamlined and accessible alternative to its predecessors. In a nod to these and other retro classics of old, newer first-person party based RPGs with a similar step-based movement mechanic such as the Legend of Grimrock series and Might and Magic X have seen recent release in an attempt to revive the genre.

Light adventure and environmental puzzles along with beautiful pixel-art cinematic scenesĀ and full voice-over round out this attractive package, and despite the aging of the controls, user interface, and gameplay, Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos still holds up fairly well nearly 25 years later – standing as a great example of putting polish and detail in all the right places.

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