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23Jun/097

Legends of Murder Vol. 1 : Stonedal Castle

I remember playing this when I was younger ... and I'm going to eventually pick it up again. I do remember liking the game, despite the fact that it's got quite possibly the ugliest graphics on the face of the Earth. But it plays like a text adventure, which I find admirable because even though I've never been any good at them I still like them. Some more info after the jump.

From the readme file :

Legends of Murder is a fantasy/role-playing/murder mystery game, and you
are its main character.  As the Inspector, you have been summoned to a small
castle near the harbor city of Erdwyn to investigate the murder of the King.
This castle -- the site of the murder -- is a day's journey across the
Northern Sea from your own kingdom.  Hired by the advisor of the deceased
King, an elf named Ash, you set foot in the castle after a long journey
across the sea, and the game begins...

Legends of Murder is a fantasy/role-playing/murder mystery game, and you are its main character. As the Inspector, you have been summoned to a small castle near the harbor city of Erdwyn to investigate the murder of the King. This castle -- the site of the murder -- is a day's journey across the Northern Sea from your own kingdom. Hired by the advisor of the deceased King, an elf named Ash, you set foot in the castle after a long journey across the sea, and the game begins...

Your ultimate purpose in Legends of Murder is to discover the murderer of the King. There are numerous riddles and puzzles to solve along the way, as well as many people to meet and places to explore. It is very important that you talk to everyone you encounter, search all rooms of the castle you enter, and make note of what you learn for later reference.

- It is important to search everything. Many objects contain clues to the murder and to other puzzles in the game.

  • - Visit every location. There are specific things you must do in certain locations in order to complete the game.
  • - When looting a chest, you need not always take everything. If you leave items, you can always come back later and get them.
  • - Make notes of important information along the way.
  • - Try to explore all corners since some things -- like stairs -- do not show on the map.
  • - Some events will not take place until you have possession of the correct items. For example, certain rooms may not be entered until specific items have been found.
  • - Certain characters will comment on various items the Inspector may find, so, once you find an item, go to someone who might have an interest in it.

Hopefully I'm a little bit better at it now. I kinda re-found it at Home of the Underdogs. I remember quite a few years ago emailing the webmaster of that site basically saying "Can you name the game I'm thinking of? All I remember is that it was CGA and the executable was 'STONEDAL.EXE'" and luckily enough I got an email back jogging my memory, WITH a link to the game on the site.

That is why Home of the Underdogs is one of THE best abandonware sites you'll ever come across. And this game is more than likely free to distribute anyway, I'm just too lazy to make my own download for it at the moment. Here's some screenshots for those of you who are interested.

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Comments (7) Trackbacks (0)
  1. I loved this game, never could figure out the name of the dragon though. Or what the joker was saying. But I still remember… “basilisk”! :D

  2. I played this game a lot as a kid. I never found out the dragon’s name either, and I am STILL incredibly frustrated by that fact.

  3. Strange this post is totaly unrelated to what I was searching google for, but it was listed on the first page. I guess your doing something right if Google likes you enough to put you on the first page of a non related search.

  4. “To pass the dragon, span the name found within this code in a to e and enter the mage’s chambers.”

    The name of the dragon is “blaze”

  5. Brian, is that from what the joker says? How on earth did you manage to decode it? Either way, THANK YOU for answering my 20 year question!

  6. Thank you, Brian! I can die without regret now!

  7. I have found childhood memories of this game. (My first introduction to RPGs). We got past the dragon part but the life of us we could not get past the door that had the keypad that you had to put a code in on. Tried forever on that. I hardly remember now, but I think we’d found the code, but couldn’t make it work. So long ago…


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