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Welcome to the Realm of the Stone
The desert of Har'Akir is ancient beyond belief. Not all of
its past is marked by noble deeds and great kings. In ancient days, the evil
pharaoh Anhktepot ruled a great and powerful nation. His downfall stemmed from
his desire for immortality. Cursed by Ra, the sun god, Anhktepot's soul still
remains in his mummified form and brings death to those it touches at night.
Stone Prophet, the second
computer role-playing game based on the highly acclaimed AD&D 2nd Edition
Ravenloft game world, begins when your characters become trapped in a wasteland
haunted by unnatural creatures, fierce sand storms, and cursed villagers
afflicted by a horrible rotting disease. Your party's only hope of escape is to
follow the advice of a blind seer and seek out the Stone Prophet, a huge,
hieroglyphic wall hidden deep within a mysterious obelisk. Some say the
writings on the wall, when deciphered, may lead the party to freedom...or to
death. One thing is certain, a great conflict has been foreseen, and the mummy
lord is gathering his forces.
386/33 MHZ IBM DX PC, 4 Megabytes of RAM, MS-DOS 5.0 or
6.0-6.22, an Uncompressed hard drive with at least 4 MB free, VGA graphics with
a color VGA monitor, a 100% Microsoft (or Logitech) compatible mouse; a
double-speed CD-ROM drive; 300 KB data transfer rate, 320 ms access time,
continuous read, MSCDEX 2.1 or greater; Microsoft Mouse driver version 8.0 + or
Logitech mouse driver version 6.0+; the Cyberman is supported but optional.
games do not work on Windows XP, of course, and we do not offer technical
support for DOS games running on Windows XP. However, if you really want to run
games like this on your fast new Windows XP machine you should try using
DOSBox. The DOSBox OpenSource DOS emulator is an excellent piece of work which
we can highly recommend. It isn't possible for us to guarantee that it will
work well for you, however, especially on newer graphic-intensive DOS games. On
older DOS games, like Civilization, for example, it runs well on any machine
capable of running Windows XP.
To start with, you will need to download the Win32
Installer using this link:
The README file included with DOSBox will tell you what you
need to know. If you find it a bit too technical, just click on The Newbie's
Pictoral Guide to DOSBox on the following page:
We find that it is best to create a separate shortcut for
each DOSBox game. That makes starting the game easier and also makes full
screen mode easier to deal with.
Quandary Review by
"There are plenty of riddles to ponder, clues to collect,
secret walls to locate and buttons to press, not to mention trapdoors and
teleporters and all kinds of objects that function as keys. Some of the
dungeons in Har' Akir are filled with poisoned air and you'll need to work out
how to survive them, in others you must dodge fire balls whilst searching for
clues. There is a wall of hieroglyphics to translate and you will need to find
many items to solve the puzzles and get past the barriers that block your
"As well as plenty of varied characters to engage in
conversation, including a couple of creatures and a timid ghost, there are a
number of characters who will be only too pleased to join your party -- some
maybe are a little too pleased. A word of warning here, and especially for
those of you who have a soft spot for little cuddly things. If you are
kind-hearted and take pity on the 'lonely young troll' and ask him to join your
party, then be prepared to put up with him for the remainder of your quest if
you don't want to break his heart..."
"If you are like me and enjoy games with lots of exploring
to do, lots of objects to collect, lots of secret rooms and buttons to uncover,
sprinkled with a liberal amount of puzzles, and a liberal amount of weapon
wielding and spell concocting, then you too will enjoy Ravenloft: Stone
"Like Strahd's Possession, Ravenloft Stone Prophet is a very
enjoyable Role-Playing game though there is a lot of open desert to traverse.
It is not so difficult that you will spend days bashing your head against the
dungeon walls, but there is enough depth in it to keep the RPG fan well and
truly entertained. And I would recommend it for newer players as well as it
will simply take the RPG novices amongst you a little longer to complete, and
that can't be bad because you'll enjoy it for even longer."
CD-ROM Today, July 1995
"Ravenloft uses a point-and-click interface that veterans of
the popular Eye of the Beholder series will quickly recognize. However, instead
of being limited to strictly two-dimensional movement (north, south, east,
west) ten feet at a time, the party's steps scroll as quickly or as slowly as
needed in real time. Although this interface is clumsy at first, before long
you will find yourself treading sand like a bedouin. For those who like the old
method of movement, a step-movement option can be employed for more regimented
control of one ten-foot square at a time.
"Dungeons and Dragons role-playing gurus will be happy with
the play mechanics of this game. Characters are 'rolled' in a fashion similar
to the classic dice and paper game. You can carry only a limited number of
items, and must be aware of your party's water consumption and need for rest.
Plus, you can't just run amok, you are subject to all the laws of the party
members' races, classes, and alignments. In other words, it doesn't get much
more realistic than this.
"As great as the gameplay of Stone Prophet is,
unfortunately, the graphics are nothing to shout about. The monsters have a
limited number of frames and animate poorly. I must admit, however, the
ever-changing desert sky is certainly worth the price of admission. Sound
quality is adequate, but not spectacular.
"One of the most debilitating aspects of Stone Prophet is
its difficulty level. In some areas, you may find yourself surrounded by
monsters who wipe out your entire party in the blink of an eye. Expect to spend
a lot of time fighting some of the 'easier' creatures to gain experience to go
up in levels, etc. Be prepared also to scour a huge desert that often looks
exactly the same in all directions, as well as many underground passages loaded
with magical items and powerful monsters. Thank Isis for the automap that helps
you on your search!
"Die-hard role players will definitely want to get their
hands on this game, especially if they have played through and are fans of
other Strategic Simulation role-playing games. But if you're easily frustrated,
this drama is no day at the beach."
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