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Home > Review Archive > Video Games > Results: Eschalon Book 1

Eschalon Book 1
by Michael Anderson
January 24, 2008

A new entry in the independent RPG market gains fans, hope for the next chapter!

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GamerDad Seal Of Approval - 10+.  Click to learn more about our review seal. Thomas Riegsecker and his Basilisk Games have done something amazing - they have created a new independent game franchise that hit the ground with an established fanbase excited for the release and already anticipating the second chapter in the series! Eschalon: Book 1 is a turn-based role-playing game that revels in its' 'old school' design values - and fans of games from the Ultima, Wizardry and Might & Magic series should rejoice. This game is well written, has solid combat, and is just plain fun.

This single-player game has a story that finds you waking up in the wake of a disaster around you, with some clues what has happened to help drive your motivations. This is not a party-based game, you control the lone character you create (from the standard fighter, mage, ranger, rogue, and cleric classes) and customize them with specialized skills as you gain experience. The game features day and night cycles and is fully turn-based - this includes movement as well as combat. You can rest to regain health, but you need a big enough - and secure enough - area to set up your camp. The game looks good for an independent effort and is fairly good size - you can expect to spend a couple of dozen hours working your way through the story. Then you will return to play again with another character - because the game is so stingy with skill points that you really need to specialize, making each character build quite unique. This is an excellent game - one of the better RPG's of the year - and has many fans of classic RPG's waiting anxiously for Book 2!

Click to learn more about GamerDad's Kid Factor review section. This is the sort of game that allows kids to understand why we love games from the early Ultima, Wizardry and Might & Magic series without having to look at pixilated DOSBox images. The content isn't extreme in any way - mild blood, mild language and violence. The dialogue is interesting without being complex, funny without being low-brow, and engaging throughout. Both of my boys have been loving this game (as well as Avernum 5 as I mentioned) and look forward to the next chapter!

(Note: the game initially launched for the PC, but quickly also came out for Mac OS X and has more recently come out for Linux. Previously you would need to manually transfer licenses to switch from one platform to another, but the game is now available on multiplatform CD's as well as download. However, the license is intended for one user to play! Support these small developers!)

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