Kingdom: The Far Reaches

a game by Virtual Image Productions
Platform: 3DO
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 1 vote
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See also: Visual Novel
Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Kingdom: The Far Reaches
Kingdom: The Far Reaches

In 1984, RDI Video Systems (headed by one Rick Dyer) introduced the Halcyon, a $2,000 video game system using laserdiscs instead of cartridges. Only two games were released for the Halcyon before it croaked; one was Thayer's Quest, best described as a more complex version of Dragon's Lair. (Dyer worked on both games, hence the similarities.) Eleven years later, Dyer has a new company and a "new" game that's actually a revamped Thayer's Quest. You play the part of Bilbo Baggins-er, Lathan Kandor, and your quest is to explore Middle Earth-er, the Five Kingdoms, gathering items and clues while searching for the three Relics of Mobus which give you the power to kill the evil mage Drakesblood and rescue a princess with the unlikely name of Grace Delight.

Alas, the cheesy Tolkien wanna-be story is not helped by the gameplay: Click on a location, watch a full-motion video clip, (maybe) use an item, (maybe) take an item, click on another location. Still, there are a few dozen hours of puzzles to solve, and very entertaining voice acting-shame about the so-so animation. The verdict: Kingdom is one of the most playable FMV games for the 3DO, which isn't saying much, but hey.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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