Ambermoon is a role-playing game which was released in 1993. Published and developed by Thalion Software, it is the second title in the unconcluded Amber trilogy. This sequel is set over half a century after the events of Amberstar, while Lyramion is still recovering from the effects of the moon's destruction. Aged and dying, the protagonist of the first game tells his grandchild of a warning he received from a vision. It seems that darkness looms over the land once again. The new hero must now seek someone who has been dead for over forty years in order to find the truth behind the vision.
Players have a choice between having a male or a female protagonist as well as the character portrait to be used. Initially, the player only controls the lead character but more characters may join the party throughout the course of the story. The player may recruit up to six active party members. NPCs can train the characters in various physical attributes while different types of magic (healing, offensive and supportive) may be bought and learned.
In Ambermoon battles are initiated when The party encounters and comes in contact with hostile monsters. Combat is turn-based, with player controlled characters moving around in a grid. Formation is key to winning efficiently. There are many optional quests and locations found in the world of Lyramion. Some of the tasks may only be fulfilled by solving puzzles and some require players to wait for specific NPCs to be available as some are affected by the game's day and night cycles. Additionally, the durability of items must be maintained by hiring a repairman and character HP must be maintained by resting.
2. Moonstone: A Hard Days Knight
Moonstone is an impressive hack and slash title that lets you plot out where you wish to go in a turn based gaming setup then engage in real time battling as you encounter enemies. Our favorite part about the game is how it allows up to four players in the same game instance for absolute cooperative gaming fun. If that is not an option for you, you can still benefit from multiplayer by allowing the AI to take control of friendly units. As awesome as Moonstone is, the randomized dragon attack can be pretty game breaking if you are unlucky enough to encounter it at the start of the game.
Released in 1996, Legion is published and developed by Gobi Software. This is a fantasy themed title which combines both RPG and turn-based strategy game elements. The player-controlled party starts out with five characters. There are nine races all in all. Each character is made up of a combination of six stats, namely, Strength, Magic, Speed, Energy, Resistance and Experience. Certain types of equipment may be bought for each character and these can be used to boost their stats.
There is no set way to progress in the game. Players are given two different possibilities. They may either focus on adventuring -- exploring the land and interacting with characters. It is possible to recruit new party members this way.
The second option is to focus on strategically conquering cities and villages. In order to do that, the player must form legions, set taxes, master the art of spying, expand weapon facilities, build fortifications and compete with three other commanders.
4. Ultima V: Warriors of Destiny
Ultima has been long known as solid RPG series, and V: Warriors of Destiny is no exception. Players take on the role of the Avatar and go on a quest to defeat the powerful Shadowlords. The old style world map and exploration system merges nicely with the menu driven navigation and combat system. Fans of the series should try this out for the great nostalgic trip it provides on top of the epic adventure.
5. King's Bounty
King's Bounty by New World Computing is a fantasy-themed strategy game released in 1990. Players step into the shoes of a knight, barbarian, paladin or sorceress, a typical combination you will find in many multi hero games. You look to build an army to acquire the Scepter of Order and maintain peace in the land. The difficulty level determines the time limit set for the game's turn-based battles. There are four maps all in all, each with creatures to command and opponents to battle. Conquering maps makes it possible to purchase stronger creatures to add to your army.
Players have the ability to view all creatures on the map off the bat. Taking over enemy strongholds leads to level-ups which open new types of soldiers to recruit (such as knights after four promotions). It is also possible to recruit monsters found outside the castle. Levels determine the quantity and types of creatures available to the player.
Keeping an eye on available funds is a must to keep allied units happy. Without having enough to pay for their salary, the player's army may turn hostile. Enemies range from demons to gigantic dragons. The King's Bounty game length depends on how fast the player can find both maps leading to the scepter and the key item itself. Once the Scepter of Order is acquired and returned to the king, it's game over.
Thalion Software's 1990 fantasy role-playing game Dragonflight draws inspiration from the Ultima series. With no character creation to mind, the player is immediately given control over a four-member party consisting of Badus the fighter, Rinakles the mage, a dwarf named Dobranur and Andariel the elf. Town navigation and over world travel is presented in top-down perspective with dungeons shown in first-person perspective. Progression is non-linear in Dragonflight so even at the very start of the game, players will already be able to choose which locations to travel to. Saving may be done at any point in time provided the player is currently on the over world.
As hinted at by its title, Dragonflight's story is centered around the great winged beasts. According to its lore, dragons once lived alongside humans, protecting them from the forces of evil. However when White and Black mages began to see each other as enemies, the balance of magic was disrupted. The dragons vanished, alongside the magic guild leaders. Four heroes were then summoned by an elderly wizard in Pegana to be entrusted with the quest to locate the missing dragons and bring peace back to the land.
Monsters are both encountered randomly in the wilderness and at fixed points within dungeons. Initiating the game's turn-based combat will switch the camera to a side-scrolling view. With the use of a grid, players may move characters over the field. Attacks may be melee or ranged (weapons and spells). Successfully defeating baddies will reward the player with experience points. Both Black and White magic may be learned by making use of the game's alchemy system.
In Amberstar, a young mage named Tar fought the great demon lord Thornahuun who turns out to be his father, The demon lord corrupted his son's soul and was able to possess it completely. Tar became known as Lord Tarbos, bringing destruction to Lyramion until the people managed to lock him up in a prison on the red moon. Marmion, an ambitious sorcerer, is attempting to set him free in order to bring terror the land once again. The player takes on the role of a valiant adventurer from Twinlake who quests to gather thirteen fragments of Amberstar -- a powerful artifact which can prevent evil from taking over the land.
Released in 1992, Amberstar is the first title in the Amber trilogy. For over world exploration, the game makes use of a top-down view while dungeons are presented in a 3D-like first-person perspective. The player may create a protagonist and recruit additional companions by locating them in various cities. Up to six characters may be included in the active party, with some already having a class designation. It is possible to visit different guilds to promote members of the party into different class types, namely, the fighter, ranger, made, paladin, thief and monk.
Aside from a few item and quest-locked places, Amberstar is essentially non-linear so the player is free to visit in-game locations in any order he wishes. The game features a multi-topic dialogue system, morning and evening cycles which affect NPC schedule and turn-based battles. There are close to a hundred different spells to unlock and different modes of transportation (horses, rafts and ships). Though there is only one save slot, the player is allowed to save his progress at any time.
8. The Faery Tale Adventure
In MicroIllusions' The Faery Tale Adventure, players can assume the role of one of three brothers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Kevin's kindness is unmatched, Julian is a melee fighter through and through while Philip has high intelligence and luck. Whenever one falls in battle, the next one replaces him. It is possible for any of the brothers to die permanently.
This title is known for its vast world -- the largest in fact, during its time of release. Over 17,000 interconnected terrain screens await the player in this fantastic role-playing adventure with various quests and NPC interactions. This title's action-based combat system is fairly simple, with single button presses dedicated to moving the active protagonist toward and away from enemies. It also has a night and day cycle, with characters needing both food and rest.
9. Second Samurai
Second Samurai is a sequel to the side-scrolling hack and slash title First Samurai. Released in 1993, the story immediately follows the events from the first game. This time around, the hero follows the Demon King back in time to ancient Japan. There are ten worlds to tackle with each one split into a handful of sub-levels. A boss awaits the player at the end of these, which is where the action elements of the game come into play.
Initially, the hero starts out without carrying a weapon but it is possible to find and pick up the daggers and sword scattered about the stages. Aside from a few mini games which may be played throughout the adventure, there are hidden things to unlock in order to reveal more of Second Samurai's ending sequence.
10. Golden Axe
The classic game Golden Axe is an arcade-style beat-'em-up title which features three protagonists (Ax Battler the barbarian, Tyris Flare the amazon and Gilius Thunderhead the dwarf), all of which have a reason to defeat the evil giant, Death-Adder. This side-scrolling adventure allows up to two players playing on the same system. There are a variety of stages, including one set in feudal Japan as well as those with futuristic and prehistoric-themed designs.
The control system of Golden Axe is straightforward, with a single button assign to attack, one to magic and the last to jump. As players progress through the game, they get access to stronger spells. Stronger magic are not only more devastating, they are also more impressive to look at. For instance, the amazon may summon flaming ghosts at lower levels and this turns into a fire-breathing dragon later on. Additionally, players may also use mounts called "Bizarrians" which have attacks unique to their monster type.
Do you have a thirst for adventure? Save the King and his beloved daughter in Golden Axe or bring peace back to Lyramion in the Amber series. The Amiga has an excellent collection of warrior-themed games which will transport you into a world of wonder. While some let you step into the role of pre-made characters, there are those which allow you to take things a step further with customized protagonists. Though there are plenty of modern-day RPGs, it's hard to deny the charm of these classics and their timeless stories. We'd recommend checking out the excellent range of online warrior rpg games available including Chibi Knight.