Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara brings reworkings of two of Capcom’s classic arcade hits - Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara – together in one definitive digital package.
User reviews: Very Positive (443 reviews) - 81% of the 443 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 18, 2013

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"Superb RPG inspired brawler expanded with challenges, new modes, full suite of emu options. It has it all. This is how you do an emulated port. "

About This Game

Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara brings reworkings of two of Capcom’s classic arcade hits - Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom and Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara – together in one definitive digital package.

Just as in the arcades, up to four players will select their character class before doing battle against the mythical beasts from the Dungeons and Dragons’ universe with a mix of melee, range and magic attacks.

Key Features

  • GGPO Enhanced Online With Drop-in/Drop-out Co-Op Play: Community-trusted GGPO powers a smooth online experience that allows up to four players to drop in or out of games in progress at will.
  • Classic Arcade Gameplay with a New Twist: Players can enjoy the original arcade modes or mix up the gameplay with House Rules that can completely alter the experience.
    Some examples of House Rules:
    • Unbreakable - Equipable items have infinite durability. Never worry about breakage again!
    • Enemy Rush - Fight against time in this special Time Attack Mode. Start the game clock with 30 seconds and increase the clock with each enemy you kill!
    • Make it Rain – Get rich quick! Enemies and chests drop tons of gold!
  • Challenge System: A newly introduced RPG-like system that fits on top of the existing games and provides a myriad of challenges for players to complete. Players can level up and obtain Vault Coins to be used in the Vault.
  • The Vault: A treasure trove of unlockables and gameplay loot can be purchased with Vault Coins earned via the Challenge System.
  • Character Visualizer: This UI visualizer tracks which characters the players and their friends most often use. Players can utilize the tool to create a more balanced multiplayer dungeon crew, or to see which under-used characters they should try out next.
  • Leaderboards & Connected Arcade: Players can track how they stack up against their friends through leaderboards, as well as view a full breakdown of gameplay related stats.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows Vista (Does not support Windows XP)
    • Processor:Intel Dual Core 1.8GHz (or higher) or AMD Athlon II X2 (or higher)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GF6600 (or higher) or ATi X1600 (or higher) with 256MB of RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectSound compatible, DirectX 9.0c (or higher) compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:DirectX 11/Shader3.0 or higher
    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:Intel Dual Core 2.4GHz (or higher) or AMD Athlon II X2 (or higher)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:nVidia GF8000 (or higher) or ATi X1800 (or higher) with 256MB of RAM
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:350 MB HD space
    • Sound:DirectSound compatible, DirectX 9.0c (or higher)
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:DirectX 11/Shader3.0 or higher
Helpful customer reviews
27 of 30 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
I was a child of the arcade era. Sneak off and walk up to the mall to waste quarters on the arcade cabinets, all that jazz...

And this just brought back tons of memories. All the quarters I dumped into this thing since I had no clue how D&D worked. That's the thing to remember going in.

A side-scrolling brawler incorporating D&D mechanics, one would be surprised at the amount of knowledge they should have going in. If someone doesn't have a party when they're a magic user, they might wonder why they can't cast their spells against the Beholder boss. Or in Tower of Doom, they might wonder why certain monsters just won't stay down until they're burned or beaten to jelly.

Even not having this knowledge however, these games are still fun. Replayability is definitely a factor, with dozens of items to collect as you go along. A radial item wheel is available to access the items or spells you collect, and even to switch equipment for classes that can do so, and while some people may claim the keyboard controls are clunky it's a minor hiccup in all honestly. Even going from WASD movement to arrow movement for this isn't the end of the world. The game isn't as pretty as one would expect from a packaged port like this. I personally haven't tinkered with options, but there are some glaring issues here and there with things that just pop out, at the least in Shadow of Mystara. The audio is just as I remember, excellent music for around the year these games came out and a reminder that before Squenix took over, Capcom was the go-to music company.

Considering you're picking up two games for the price of one, the TL;DR of this is yes. Chronicles of Mystara is worth it. Graphically, you get what the age and port would expect. Audibly, the game is ear-candy. Playability-wise, exceptional. It's not perfection, but it's damn close to it for the price.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
I found this after heading out to the old school arcade with five bucks to finally beat this damned game. My friend and I were both bummed to find out they'd sold the arcade cabinet for it. I came home and did a search and saw it had come out on Steam.

I've played the crap out of it and can say that it is still, to this day, the best side-scrolling beat-'em-up out there.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
A surprisingly good Beat-Em-Up RPG-like game where you gain levels & upgrades as you fight your way through the game with added features that make it unique compared to it's arcade original.

-Up to 4 player Online/Offline Co-Op
-Easy Multiplayer where people can jump in/out of games easily
-Several different Characters to play
-Fun Classic Arcade Beat-em'up Style
-2 Games in One

-Repetitive Game Play
-Lack of D-Input Support (Joy2Key Needed)


The game has two games to choose from. TOWER OF DOOM & SHADOW OF MYSTARA. Shadow of Mystara is the game's main campaign with more game play elements & characters to play as while Tower of Doom is the 2nd campaign which is basically an older version of the 1st campaign with slightly less features.

Both campaigns are very similar with the exception of graphical differences. In SoM each character has special abilities unique to them which gives them a unique play style. The Rogue can Double Jump & Throw Rocks with her sling, the Warrior can Block attacks with his shield & so on. ToD doesn't have these features for each character.

You can also swap your special ability for an item that you have in your inventory & is easily switched by simply pressing a button then rotating to the item you want. It can be cumbersome to do so in the middle of a fight since you can't move/attack while doing it. The same cycle mechanic is used in both campaigns for items.

At the end of each level you fight a boss & after the boss you enter a shop menu which lets you buy health potions to heal & weapons that your character can wield. There are also branching paths in each campaign near the end of each chapter. If you are playing a co-op match you choose by majority vote. If the vote is 50/50 I think it's random.

You also gain level ups after each mission. These feel pretty much tacked on but they do serve a purpose. The Fighter gets a stronger sword, the Mage gets more spells, & every class gets more HP every level. If you die you can swap characters mid play through but they start out at the lowest level so it's better to stick with the same character as you play.

The Final Boss in SoM is probably one of the most hilarious things I've seen in an arcade game. It's not how she looks but how she fights. She's just a super killing machine meant to eat quarters & even has a giant instant kill AOE attack that you can't dodge & takes up the entire screen. Luckily, you have infinite continues so you don't have to worry about that nonsense.

The game also has "House Rules" which let you customize each play through with different game play elements. These can make the game easier or much harder depending on what you choose. This adds much more replay value as there are a lot of different settings to choose from. You do need to unlock most of these by completing achievements, though. There's a convenient achievement tracker while you play the game as well.


Overall the game is fun, enjoyable, has a lot of content added compared to the originals & is very well done for an arcade port. The online co-op is simple & easy to use. You make a room, & can either wait for people to join or start playing & have them join mid game or join another game in progress. The Single-Player is also enjoyable but the real fun is in the co-op.

I recommend buying it if you like Classic Arcade Games or just want a good gaming experience.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 5
Possibly the best, if not one of the best Arcade ports ever put on Steam.

It's a no-brainer if you like Arcade games or even are just interested in the D&D aspect of it.
Hell, even if you just like games you can play with a friend.

It's a beautifully rendered 2D side-scroller which includes two full retro games in one:
1993 - Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
1996 - Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara

Each have different dialogue to choose and different paths to take, adding alot of replayability.
Another feature added is in-game challenges and achievements.

Four-player drop-in/drop-out co-op with local co-op included.

Each game has multiple characters to choose and upgrade - that's right, upgrade. Nineties style.
ToD includes a Cleric, a Dwarf, an Elf and a Fighter
SOM includes those same four characters with an additional two: a Thief and a Magic-User.

Multiple graphical options are available, like the original pixels...or smoother pixels...or crispy pixels. As well as different views, like Fullscreen, Widescreen, Full Dual Arcade Cabinets, or choose between the left or the right side of the Cabinet.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 19
Hack n slash, classic Capcom beat-em-up style. Fairly faithful to the D&D world lore as well. Fantastic stuff.
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