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ZOOM Realms of Arkania III:
Shadows Over Riva
$9.95 (DOS Only!) (Retail) (SHADRIVAPR)



The Final Chapter

The stunning climax to the award-winning Northlands Trilogy. Return to the world of Arkania in one of the most anticipated fantasy games ever.

A City Under Siege. Something sinister is happening in the seaside town of Riva. Brave and honored warriors refuse to fight the horde of Orcs attacking the city. An evil force preys on their very minds and souls. Can your small band of heroes defeat it in time? Your adventures will take many twists and turns as you uncover the dark secret of the Shadows over Riva.

Brought to Life by the Masters. The innovative original story was created by the talented team that brought you Star Trail. Enter Riva, and discover why they've won more than 30 international awards.

Full 360 degree 3D technology lets you explore twisting alleys, rugged terrain and underwater regions.

More than 50 animated monsters to fight - and more than 350 weapons, magic items, and spells to fight them with.

Flexible phased-time combat system. Plan each move of the battle yourself, or use the new automated combat options.

The detailed automap and intelligent diary let you record your adventures.

Full soundtrack of gorgeous CD-Audio music and sound.

Create your own detailed characters, or use ready-made ones.

Encounter all sorts of unusual people in the sprawling city of Riva. Your actions determine who will trust you...and who will not.

Rich, detailed story created exclusively for this game.


MS-DOS 5.0 or higher 486, 33 Mhz or faster, 8MB RAM, double speed CD drive, 60 MB free hand drive space, mouse, sound card required for speech and sound effects, 256 color SVGA VESA or PCI local bus video. Sound: SoundBlaster/Pro/16/Awe32 or 100% compatible, Wave Blaster, Gravis Ultrasound, Pro Audio Spectrum 8/16, Ad-Lib.

DOS games do not work on Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and we do not offer technical support for DOS games running on such systems. However, if you really want to run games like this on your fast new computer 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 other graphic-intensive DOS games. For older DOS games like Civilization, however, it works well with any machine capable of running newer operating systems.

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 Rosemary Young

"Shadows over Riva is a game that can be played by both novices and experienced adventurers. It has two levels of gameplay with layers in between, so there is something for everyone."

"There are lots of delightful 'touches' in this series to keep roleplaying fans well and truly busy. There are heaps of magic spells to experiment with, a myriad of distasteful diseases and lots of herbs to learn about. Some herbs are ingested to improve particular skills, whilst others are useful in the practice of alchemy. This latter study means keeping a recipe book and learning how to concoct various potions."

"Shadows over Riva is a thoroughly absorbing game even with its basic graphics, they didn't perturb me in the least. However, don't even think about it if graphics are your 'thing' or if you are a real-time hack and slash fanatic. But if you want to experience an interesting journey through an interesting story then it's well worth playing. Riva is a fun place to be..."

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