Reviews for Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara

85

Welcome to the world of Dungeons & Dragons!

taigatsu | Feb. 3, 2014 | See all taigatsu's reviews »

Both of these games stand as the pinnacle of classic Capcom arcade era beat-em-ups. Beyond the art style, that has aged remarkably gracefully, and remarkably polished game play, which remains smooth and balanced to this day, what lies underneath is a game that has a surprising amount of depth and complexity to it. The difference in classes allows each player to consider their role more deeply - you'll still be wailing on gnolls & owl bears, but a sturdy dwarf plays appreciably different from a nimble thief or fragile mage. The inventory and spell systems give you a much larger variety of options during combat, and even prove critical in a few memorable moments in the campaigns.

Hidden paths, larger move sets than you'll typically see in a beat-em-up, experience growth, secret team up attacks, a veritable who's who of the classic D&D bestiary, chests exploding with loot - these are just a few of the things that make these games so special. If you're interested in a fantastic co-op arcade game, it's hard to go wrong with this pair. Even after all these years, they still feel timeless.

60

Incomplete classic

Mscigniew | Jan. 16, 2014 | See all Mscigniew's reviews »

Chronicles of Mystara is an old school,arcade platformer/fighting game set in fantasy world of D&D.there`s six characters to choose from,those are:Thief,Fighter,Elf,Dwarf,Cleric,Mage,each one have slightly different moves and abilities.The game is still very fun,but I recommend playing with somebody cause due to the fact that game is pretty short it might get boring pretty fast.Its hard to find an online match unfortunately and its a shame that it doesn't have the Tower of Doom included.As a plus prolonging the game the devs included the Vault,where you can unlock features like time attack mode,and concept arts.

85

Arcade port at its finest! Nostaligia + Modern features

johnnyt305 | Oct. 23, 2013 | See all johnnyt305's reviews »

This game is great! This is an arcade classic. They retained all of the old graphics, sounds and text, it is a true port from the arcade. YOu can even set scanlines and different views so that it looks like it did back in the old arcade(even has arcade cabinet view). You can also improve the visuals with other options like smooth and different settings.

The new stuff they added are all kinds of unlockables. You earn points as you play and can buy things from the start menu later on like different game modes, game settings like "vampirism" and other stuff such as art and music from the game.

There are many rules you can also set to change up the game "house rules" as if you were a GM in a D&D pen and paper game.

There is an online co-op mode where people can jump into your game or you can go into theirs, this is the only downfall of this game. There are usually no other players online to play with. This is what keeps the game from being perfect.

Overall, the game has lots of features, a challenging difficulty and a lot of replay value with different classes, settings and such. This is a wonderful game!

81

Old school arcade feel right frolm your PC

lok0812 | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all lok0812's reviews »

The classic feeling of arcade game who sucked all your quarters is now here for your PC. The package includes two of the classic Dungeons & Dragons game sidescrolling brawler similar to Castle Crashers or Final Fight. The graphic is really cleaned out despite the game being really outdated. One great aspect of the game is the ability to drop in and drop out online/local cooperative mode that was presented when we played the arcade. Definitely a must get for anyone who enjoy a good sidescrolling game and to relive that arcade era again.

86

Beautiful & updated re-release to please the fans

spycid | Aug. 24, 2013 | See all spycid's reviews »

Chronicles of Mystara got a beautiful update in the graphics as well as a drop-in/drop-out co-op mode inclusion for upto four players. There is also another new mode introduced, House Rules where you can create and play by your own set of rules. If you like completing objectives then there is another Challenge system mode for you. It's worth a buy for every D&D fans and the new fans too.

100

Capcom rolled a 20

PeppaJ6 | Aug. 11, 2013 | See all PeppaJ6's reviews »

I remember first playing this one with my brother in an arcade when we were younger and vacationing at our aunt's. It was funny because we both were obsessed with the game, and we didn't even know what the name was! Years later, we found out, and now we play it off and on to this day.

"Chronicles of Mystara" combines both the original D&D: Tower of Doom and D&D: Shadow Over Mystara titles into an awesome, online PC experience, and here's the kicker - it's played through Steam! This is probably the most well-made arcade beat-em-up game I've played outside of SNES console gaming. The ability to pick through an inventory of items, spells, and weaponry in a beat-em-up game is awesome, and totally lends credence to the D&D role playing genre.

Each character has his or her own unique abilities and weaponry to use in combat, as each one belongs to a separate class that is akin to typical D&D classes (thief, warrior, cleric, wizard), and with little to no research, players can figure out button combinations to execute special movement and attack abilities that wouldn't otherwise be explained during gameplay (such as the wizard's teleport ability).

If you love side-scrolling beat-em-ups, you can't go wrong here. I feel sorry for anyone who hasn't gotten to experience this gem.

81

D&D: Chronicles of Mystara - review

balbo79 | July 27, 2013 | See all balbo79's reviews »

Dungeons & Dragons - Chronicles of Mystara is a collection that includes two titles in the series Dungeons & Dragons, namely Tower of Doom (1993) and Shadow over Mystara (1996). Since the game menu you can see the work of new graphic design, offering better quality and changing the game view that is slightly reduced to make room for a frame that informs the player of the game progress, objectives and other useful information. The transition between the two titles is really simple, no long boots and with a single push of a button on the main screen. The game modes are different from the classic arcade game, in which you follow the history of the game, the mode challenges, not tied to the story, in which you can earn money and experience to online gaming, both local and network up to 4 players. The arcade mode, after the choice of the character, plot offers a very simple but eye-catching, and they many times you will find yourself to make choices that will affect places and the same plot, up to the final, which, in the 90s it was quite innovative . The design is truly remarkable, the enemies are well characterized, each with their own unique characteristics (weaknesses magical and physical characteristics and strengths). We will face trolls, goblins, anthropomorphic lizards, yeti, beholder, undead skeletons, all through different scenarios by design very apt and well-structured, including forests, caves and cities, armed to the teeth. In fact, particular attention is given to the possibility to equip weapons, accessories and different objects, expanding the longevity of the game, already remarkable. This correlates very closely with the title of the RPG genre, the system supports the growth of the characters through levels attainable with experience points, which allow to increase strength, energy and other parameters.

90

Yes Please

wire306 | July 5, 2013 | See all wire306's reviews »

Thoroughly enjoyed this games art style, game style and play style. I can rarely find little to say bad about a game but this really hit the nail on the head. The port has been done really well and this is definitely one of those games that you can go back to whenever you see fit.

75

Arcade Fun from the Past

xLordBelialx | June 28, 2013 | See all xLordBelialx's reviews »

Dnd Chronicles of Mystara is an upscaled game compilation of Shadows of Mystara and the Tower of Doom. First off, the tower of doom portion of the game is not nearly as well done, and in the shadow of its sequel pales in comparison. The game itself pushes you towards this fact as the title screen opens to the sequel rather than the original game.

If you have used programs like MAME in the past to play these, there isn't much new here for you, however the net play is coded very well and playing with several people no ones' pings ever went above 100 ms. The graphics are also slightly upscaled compared to the original arcade version and also supports wide-screen formatting. The extra unlockables IMO do add to the replay value, and after beating the game once or twice you are able to turn on special modifiers such as no extra lives, vampire health steal, faster gold income, etc. These can either add to the challenge on subsequent run throughs.

The multiplayer is where this game shines and all of the classes bring something new to the table. The mage is excellent at clearing the field or hurting bosses, however his limited spell uses and weak defense make playing as him alone nigh impossible. The thief allows the opening of chests without keys, and can see traps before they're set off. There are also hybrid characters as well as the traditional cleric and warrior.

I'd give this game a higher rating if not for the fact you can see most of the content within 2 hours and is not worth the full purchase price. If you wait however for a price drop, I definitely recommend satisfying your nostalgia and stepping back into the lands of Mystara with a friend or 3.

80

Good HD porting

Cavalieroscuro | June 24, 2013 | See all Cavalieroscuro's reviews »

If you like side-scrolling beat'em up, this title is a must. It contains two games, Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara, with online support and upgraded graphic. By the way, the title has several problems finding online matches, but hopefully will get a patch soon.

90

The top in arcade gaming !

Argaan | June 23, 2013 | See all Argaan's reviews »

Good difficulty, big pixels, simple gameplay... No doubt, we face an arcade game, and a pretty good one.

I have just played 7 hours on it and the two games are old but like a good whine, it's just better with the age.

Tower of Doom is a beat them up with a simple gameplay and a little RPG in it. Today it's always good to play that. Shadow over mystara is more complex, but even more better ! In coop it's just delicious. When you have accomplished one run, you just want to go on another.

If you want a good arcade game to play with your friends with pizzas and beer, no doubt you'll like this one. Worth the price !

70

A Bit Of Long Lost Arcade Goodness

IAmUnaware | June 21, 2013 | See all IAmUnaware's reviews »

Chronicles of Mystara is an archive of the two classic Final-Fight-style D&D arcade beat-em-ups Tower of Doom and Shadows Over Mystara.

Tower of Doom features four playable characters, including two spellcasters with multiple spells. The game is passably fun but not spectacular in any way and is pretty short. Expect to die a LOT, which I imagine would have been incredibly frustrating if you were playing this on an actual arcade cabinet.

Shadows Over Mystara, on the other hand, is one of the finest games in the genre. Featuring more combat moves, more items, excellent new weapons, two additional characters, many branching paths, and several well-hidden secrets, Shadows can provide you with a half-dozen playthroughs worth of content easily. Basically, Shadows Over Mystara with netplay is worth the price of this pack by itself. Easily!

The graphics are true to the original games with no alterations for today's gaming resolutions, which is a bit of a shame. The graphics on the original machines were quite good for their time, at least, but they do look quite dated today. The netcode is good for the most part, but it does not handle players crashing out of the game very gracefully, as we found out when one of us crashed to desktop during play and it killed the entire session. The controls are unintuitive and poorly explained, so I'd recommend looking some things up online before playing. The game's House Rules system--most of which you can unlock after a single playthrough--provides a good deal of customization, allowing you to alter many parts of the game that players found annoying in the originals.

All in all, the technical achievements of the new version aren't fantastic, but Shadows Over Mystara is, and being able to play such an excellent beat-em-up with both local and online co-op is totally worth the price of admission. This game is a lot more fun with friends!

75

Good Retro game...

wiz88ard | June 21, 2013 | See all wiz88ard's reviews »

Really good port of a good retro game, sadly a bit short...

The netcode is working just perfect, played with people from the other corner of the world and there was almost no lag...

The only downside so far is that the game supports only keyboard and to make a controler work you need a 3rd party program...