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ZOOM AD&D Birthright
$19.95 (Win95/DOS) (Retail) (BIRTHRTPR)

Sierra

Game

Ages 13 and up

The Gorgon's Alliance

The morning sun rose like flames of a funeral pyre, but its light brought no warmth to the ashen faces and icy spirits of Anuire's battle-weary army. While the kings of Anuire clash over control of their fractured empire, the Gorgon builds his power through bloodtheft - killing the kings of Anuire and consuming their divinely-granted bloodlines. Now, no longer satisfied with the blood of an occasional hero or king, his evil madness has driven him to a diabolical scheme to consume all of the bloodlines of ancient Anuire. With the blood abilities of a born king, you command heroes, wizards and mighty armies. Delve deep into political intrigue, hostile negotiations and precarious allegiances as you strive to overcome Anuire's greatest foe - and claim your birthright.

Based on TSR's Birthright game. Winner of the 1996 Origins Award for the Best Fantasy Game.

A unique, multi-dimensional adventure of battle strategy and in-depth role-playing.

Become one of 34 interactive characters encountering treasures, resources, allies and foes.

Collect spells, weapons, blood abilities and the power to conquer evil.

Requirements: Win 95 or DOS, Pentium 75 +, SVGA 256 Colors, 16 MB RAM for Win 95, 8 MB RAM for DOS, 4X CD-ROM drive, Mouse, Soundblaster or Compatible Sound Card.

Multiplay Requires: Win 95, Modem or Network.

Reviews:

Computer Shopper, December 1997

"Those annoying Gorgons - they're always up to no good. Now it seems that one particularly pernicious Gorgon has been creating chaos and disorder among the many fractured realms of your home, Anuire. As the regent of one of these kingdoms, it's your job to conquer the entire empire, and to defeat that annoying beast once and for all."

"A large and complex game, Birthright can be played in its full glory or in bite-size pieces. You can also choose from three different levels, which vary the difficulty and complexity of gameplay, or opt to just go on adventures or try your hand in combat on the battlefield. And you can play a traditional game against the computer or engage up to eight players on the Internet or a LAN.

"The core of the game requires you, as the regent of a warring kingdom, to expand and consolidate your control of Anuire. You do that through a campaign of warfare or diplomacy, trade, espionage, and taxation. The flavor of your game depends entirely on you: If you emphasize warfare and hire militant lieutenants, for instance, you'll spend a lot of time in combat. Once on the battlefield, you'll command forces like archers, infantry, and knights on variable 3-D terrain.

"If you prefer classic D&D adventures, you can take up to four lieutenants with you deep into well-protected castles and dungeons. There, you and your allies experience a first-person-perspective quest to conduct hand-to-hand combat and find important relics to aid in your conquest of Anuire.

"The game gets significantly more complicated if you choose the Advanced or Expert mode, in which you progressively gain more control over the political and economic life of the kingdom. Think of it as SimCity for the D&D set. Whichever mode you choose, you'll need to rely on all the playing elements - combat, adventure, and strategy - in order to win.

"Despite its great gameplay, however, Birthright's graphics are somewhat disappointing. the highest resolution isn't even available in Windows (but you can switch to DOS for that privilege), and the grainy appearance of the battlefield can make it difficult to interpret the action. That won't stop D&D gamers, though, who will no doubt find Birthright to be a top-notch entry in the AD&D line."



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