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Queston was the first entry into the RPG genre for SSI and it looks and plays a lot like Ultima from Origin. You were born a lowly peasant in a land that is under attack from hordes of monsters and even the king's armies are unable to defeat them all. In these dark times the king has only one option to follow a legend and has oppointed you to find the book of magic which allows the wizard Mantor to summon these evil creatures.

The game is mostly played from a birdseye view and you start near Geraldtown where you have lived all your life. You don't have much in the way of equipment except for some rawhide armor and only a small amount of gold after selling your cattle. You will have to get some weapons and supplies if you are to get anywhere but luckily you can get some in town. Towns are also seen in birdseye view and you can see the merchants selling their wares and such. The game doesn't force you to act as a hero though as you can rob people and beat up the guards, even though they are rather hard to fight. If you cause enough trouble you will be banned from town for a long time so be carefull not to make things too difficult for yourself.

RPG's obviously require you to gain in strenght to beat the later monsters, you can pray at temples to gain hitpoints and you can kill monsters for gold to buy better equipment. There is no level system but you do have statistics like strength, stamina, intelligence etc. which you can improve upon during the game. Once you start your quest it's not very clear where you have to go because nobody know the whereabouts of the wizard Mantor. You'll simply have to explore the land of Questron and locate the whereabout of his lair. Along the way you will find dungeons which are displayed in 3D, these are pretty difficult but the rewards will be great. Don't expect realtime 3D or anything but they get the job done and were pretty good for their time.

Queston was written to be like Ultima as the developer has stated but added some things as well which were later also added in Ultima 2. There are many fun things to do like gambling for money or robbing unsuspecting people in the castle but if you complete your quests nobody minds because you are the hero. This game is hard though so if you though the ultima series were difficult this game will blow your mind. It might not look like much these days but this game still ranks highly among RPG fans and you should at least give it a try.

Overal rating: 7.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
C64 Released in 1984.
You'll have to make sure that in the emulator the disk isn't write protected because the game writes information to the disk occasionally and you have to swap disks as well.
Others These versions are not available.
Apple released in 1984.
Atari 8-bit released in 1984.

Date added Dec-10-2010 17:16
Name Questron
Developer SSI
Publisher SSI
First released 1984
Genre RPG
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