Trying to find an old CRPG
December 4, 2013 8:41 PM   Subscribe

I am trying to find this PC game I remember playing as a kid (mid-late 80's). It was maybe EGA era, definitely at least CGA. Me and a friend believe the name of it was something like "Destiny". It was a north/east/south/west/look kind of game with RPG elements. I don't remember a ton about it, except that we really enjoyed it, and never completed it because it was corrupted when we got to the end. One of the striking images I have is a green venus fly-trap like creature, with eyes on stalks. As you fought it and did damage, you would lop eyes off, and ichor would ooze out. (These were still images no animation, but updates throughout battles). I also remember something about a fountain and gems at the bottom of it as well (yeah, real specific I know!). I believe the end involved orcs and a throne or a crown, but it's getting real hazy at this time. If you have any recollection of this game, I'd love to hear about it, to prove that me and my childhood friend are not having group hallucinations, and to maybe track it down and play again.
posted by xipher to Computers & Internet (14 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Legend of Kyrandia? Possibly too mid 90's, but there were gems and fountains and a fly trap plant

http://odysseedupixel.fr/wp-content/gallery/legend-of-kyrandia/47.jpg

http://www.thehouseofgames.net/files/l/legend_of_kyrandia_hand_of_fate/legend_of_kyrandia_hand_of_fate-6.jpg


As always, gog.com has it, so you can acquire and run it easily.
posted by Jacen at 9:17 PM on December 4, 2013


Do you remember if combat was menu-based or realtime or map based or what?
posted by aubilenon at 9:33 PM on December 4, 2013


Bard's Tale II: the Destiny Knight?
The beholder?
posted by herrdoktor at 10:21 PM on December 4, 2013


It was turn based, and these games are far too advanced. This was similar to something like zork, where you were presented with static screens, and a description, and then you could chose to go north south east or west (or up or down, or look etc). The graphics were very simple. The combat was menu based, I believe you could attack, or flee, that's it. I know i'm not giving much information, but I'm hopeful the internets can track it down.
posted by xipher at 10:30 PM on December 4, 2013


Was it Leather Goddesses of Phobos 2?
posted by aubilenon at 10:42 PM on December 4, 2013


we're thinking too recent. This was on 8086 machines, _maybe_ 286 at the latest.
posted by xipher at 10:50 PM on December 4, 2013


When you say NESW, do you mean it was it in perspective like this? Or was it more top-down like this?
posted by subject_verb_remainder at 12:09 AM on December 5, 2013


I think the OP means something like this

The link above is to 'the Quest' by Penguin Software, interactive fiction with combat, but chances are slim that this is the game we're looking for.
posted by Akke at 12:51 AM on December 5, 2013


Possibly one of the Wizardry games? Although The Bard's Tale II: The Destiny Knight as mentioned by herrdoktor has 'Destiny' in its title.
posted by csdfa at 1:11 AM on December 5, 2013


It's similar to what @Akke posted - http://www.mobygames.com/game/c64/quest/screenshots/gameShotId,472709/

But I remember slightly better graphics, so quite possibly EGA. It was definitely not a common franchise like Wizardry, Bards Tale, Might and Magic, Ultima, etc. Nor was it a Sierra franchise. I think it's pretty obscure.

I wish I had more information regarding it, but it's 20 some odd years ago. I've searched for hours, and this is where I've ended up :)
posted by xipher at 1:59 AM on December 5, 2013


Try shooting an email to the crpg addict: crpgaddict@gmail.com
posted by GooseOnTheLoose at 4:10 AM on December 5, 2013


Not Legacy of the Ancients ?
posted by k5.user at 9:28 AM on December 5, 2013


I know this isn't the game you are looking for, but when you said 'slightly better graphics' I was reminded of Ootopos which was a science fiction game that sounds very similar to what you are talking about. Perhaps it was the same publisher? This game was NSEW and all text-driven.
posted by tacodave at 4:36 PM on December 5, 2013


@Goose the crpg addict referred me to here :)

@tacodave it looks kind of similar, but looking at those screens make me realize it was for sure EGA!
posted by xipher at 6:42 PM on December 5, 2013


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