Eschalon: Book I is an old-school role-playing game that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into dozens of sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who you are. It features a tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically...
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Release Date: Nov 17, 2007
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"Eschalon is a traditional 2D, tile-based, turn-based CRPG with stat-driven gameplay. First part of a cool indie series. Oldschool & fun!"
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Eschalon: Book I is an old-school role-playing game that will take you across massive outdoor environments and deep into dozens of sprawling dungeons as you seek to uncover the mystery of who you are. It features a tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically determined. Hundreds of items and dozens of creatures await your discovery in this classically inspired RPG.
  • A tile-built, turn-based game world where the result of absolutely every action is rolled, calculated or statistically determined. Strategy is paramount to success; careful skill management, equipment selection and magic usage will win your fights, not rapid button clicking. We are very pleased to say this is not another "action RPG".
  • Hundreds of items and dozens of creatures await your discovery. A combination of randomly generated treasure and carefully hidden goodies means that no two games will play the exact same way.
  • Unlimited character development style: Choose from 24 unique skills to make the character you want and 8 base attributes that affect your character's every action throughout the game. The game world does not scale or adjust itself to match anyone's play style, so the ease or difficulty of the game is directly related to how successful you are at developing your character.
  • Combat plays out at your pace. Eschalon: Book I features a turn-based system that allows you to roll through combat as fast or slow you want...make it fast and furious, or analyze every option for maximum advantage.
  • A non-linear storyline means that the game world is open to explore as you desire. Follow the storyline or don''s up to you. Just be careful where you go and who you choose to trust- the world of Eschalon can be a deadly place for an inexperienced adventurer.
  • An epic adventure that you must face alone...a single-player RPG carefully designed to feel like the great old school RPGs of the past such as Ultima®, Might & Magic®, and Wizardry®

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • OS: Windows 2000, XP, Vista
    • Processor: 1.8ghz or better
    • Memory: 512MB
    • Graphics: 3D Accelerated (DirectX 7.0 or OpenGL compliant)
    • DirectX®: 7.0 or greater
    • Hard Drive: 200MB
    • Sound: Yes
    • OS: OS X version Leopard 10.5.8, Snow Leopard 10.6.3, or later
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated graphics card
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.6GHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D accelerated graphics card
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 26
Pre-Release Review
Finishing this game took me 34 hours. Was that good time? Definitely yes, I spent a great time with that. But that doesn't mean that every player will like it as I do. First of all, you must be real RPG fan, and what is most important, you must be old-school gamer. Because this game is true old-school RPG with very poor animations and weak graphics (as for today). But if you're ok with that, you will like it. It has good story, turn based combat and high difficulty level.

If you're old-school RPG fan, this is what you need.
If you're modern RPG fan but you want to try something classic, this is good choice.
If you're not a fan either of RPG and old-school, you shouldn't even read this, that might harm you.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
i like this game :3 why? well because it allows for maximum save scumming of course :P save right before opening a chest or something and if you don't like what you find in there, just load and see whats inside this time :D

it also boasts a great world full of detail and is easy to run :3 i mean i could download this onto my old laptop and have it run just fine :3
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 2, 2014
Eschalon series is a turn-based role-playing game series with astounding graphics and sound. Unfortunately gameplay is a bit slow, even for an ultima-like game. Doing almost anything in this game is fun but one thing: Walking. And there's a lot of walking. Walking through forests, walking through beaches, walking through deserts... and even more walking. The game has interesting dungeons and towns, filled with many secrets and details, unfortunately other locations are there just to be walked through. That is why I would rate this game as decent: It's a very enjoyable RPG, except for tedious walking through wilderness.
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22 of 26 people (85%) found this review helpful
43.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2014
“Aha! A back entrance to the infamous dark tower! And better yet, the door appears to be slightly ajar as if it were not properly closed the last time someone used it. It seems this is my lucky day. Riches here I come!”

Eschalon: Book 1 represents a classic RPG experience with a turn-based combat system and great love for detail. In addition it provides a decent character development system and well-done soundtrack for the depicted locations.

The only shortcoming of this game is the relatively slow-paced gameplay.

Fun fact: The developers of the Eschalon series kept this project a secret for a long time, believing most game developers release too much information about their products, spoiling the game when you eventually play it.

My rating system consists of six categories in descending order of importance:

- Atmosphere
- Characters
- Details
- Tactical gameplay
- Story
- Combat & Controls

Based on the performance each category will receive one of the following grading:

- S-Rank: excellent
- A-Rank: very good
- B-Rank: solid
- C-Rank: satisfactory
- D-Rank: inferior

If the S-Rank is awarded, a quote from the game or personal comment will be added as a token of my respect (in brackets).

Atmosphere: A-Rank

Characters: A-Rank

Details: S-Rank

(As you fall to the ground, you suddenly feel your very essence ripped from the shell of your body. In an instance you find yourself standing on the precipice of eternity, an incoherent wailing emanating from the abyss below. You smile as you tumble forward into the black chasm.)

Tactical gameplay: B-Rank

Story: B-Rank

Combat & Controls: B-Rank

While there are no achievements to conquer, a very useful guide can be found on the link below.

Achievement difficulty: none

Eschalon: Book 3 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2014
Eschalon: Book 2 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2010
Eschalon: Book 1 (PC) – Classic turn-based role-playing game
(Fantasy) – 2007
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23 of 30 people (77%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Great old-school rpg, stat-heavy with turn based action, which you really wont notice that much since they have implemented it very well in the game.

If you like games of this genre, this series is a fantastic addition to the collection! =)
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 4, 2014
In a nutshell, Eschalon is a standard 2D single-character fantasy western RPG. ("western RPG" here means "opposite of JRPG")

Eschalon is solid. It's not exemplary, it's not bad. It's the kind of game that would metascore in the 70-75 bracket, filled with games that are worth your time if you're a fan of the genre.

The story is cliche; save the world by finding the macguffins and slaying the big bad. That doesn't necessarily make it bad. It's not memorable, but it works.

For the most part, combat in Eschalon is a game of numbers and dice. I played a magick user, and for the first half of the game, all I had was a basic single-target spell. The outcome of a battle essentially boiled down to how many times I could cast it with what mana I had, how many turns it took the enemy to close to attack range (which is melee for most enemies), and how many hits both of us could survive. Later on, I got a few area-effect spells, which added a small layer of strategy, though numbers and dice were still the dominant factor.

The first half of the game was extremely tedious as a magick user. Mana regen is very slow to start, though you can build for quick regen after a few level ups if you eschew everything else. There is a rest function that causes time to pass more quickly, but it can still take as long as a minute to fill back up. Health regen works the same way, and I have to imagine it's just as tedious for melee-centered characters.

Basically, playing Eschalon Book 1 felt like playing a much, MUCH smaller Elder Scrolls game. That's just me though; your mileage may (and probably will) vary.

THE VERDICT: Eschalon is a solid RPG that will entertain an RPG fan for about 20 hours. It's not the best game out there, but it's not the worst either.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 16, 2014
Playing this trilogy for the second time through. While not graphically superior to any RPG of late, this game franchise has one of the most involved story lines you could ever ask for. Seriously deep character development are coupled with a world that you will completely get lost in. The story will take you through a lifetime of betrayal, friendships and evil that will leave you speechless. Any fan of RPG's will be right at home here with a D&D style interface, Ultima style spell books and some of the most memorable adventures I have personally ever been a part of. Every second of this game drips with pure love from the developer whom I can only assume is an even bigger nerd than I am :)
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
I will never know what lies in the goblin citadel because THERE ARE TOO MANY DAMN MINOTAURS. This game is very hard, i only reccomend if youre ace pro at these sorts of RPGs and have little to zero anger issues.
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: January 18, 2014
Its not a bad game. Somewhat older graphics and style of gameplay. It seemed very simplified game at first but later it becomes harder as you start to travel further from the begining. I realized later after constantly dying often that this wasnt so simple of a game. Some creatures are extremely hard to kill, and the trick of running to edge of the map to heal on the other side of the next map, is what I mostly did to try and survive. (that and to save often) Its a worthy game in my opinion and I enjoyed very much. Just waiting for the next version to come out on steam.
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41 of 71 people (58%) found this review helpful
30.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 29, 2013
Eschalon is being marketed as an old-school role-playing game inspired by the classics. This is an adequate description of the game, but unfortunately the game does not succeed in adequately copying all the good qualities of the classics that it is inspired by.

The game does have it's strengths for sure. Character creation is very detailed and let's you create the character you want to play by choosing such things as race, class, skills, the region where the character grew up and the character's religion (or lack thereof) and all of these choices make a difference.

Another strength is in how the turn-based system works. When you move or perform any action time flows. When you don't time stands still. This means that the game can have as high or low a pace as you want it to have at any given moment and that it moves seamlessly from a high to a low pace and vice versa. There is no waiting, e.g. for enemies to complete their turn, and you can also take as much time as you need to think before acting.

The game has a reasonable amount of optional side-quests, different items to find and different regions to explore. The graphics are nothing special, but entirely adequate. The music is quite good. So far, it all sounds pretty good.

Where does the game fail, then? Unfortunately it fails at the most important thing for this kind of game. Combat! What is wrong with it? It doesn't require any skill. You control a single character with a rather limited repertoire of combat actions, mainly slashing/bashing, shooting, or burning the enemies, The same is true for the enemies. This would be okay in a Diablo-like action RPG where the fun and the challenge comes from the high pace. But for a turn-based RPG this is not adequate, combats should require some strategic thinking and since here they don't fighting enemies becomes a dull routine matter. Since much of the game, like with most RPG's, consists of fighting this is clearly no good.

All in all, Eschalon is an old-school turn-based RPG with a couple of good qualities which is unfortunately dragged down by dull combat. I wouldn't really want to call it a bad game, but there are plenty of better games in the genre (although Eschalon beats many of these games in some respects, only not where it really matters) that I would recommend over this one.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
NOTE: Ignore my steam hours, I've played this game through several times.

Great tactical turn based RPG, although there is far too much spam of camping to get hit points back. Great starter game for those just getting into to PC gaming, and don't quite want to do twitch finger combat.

10/10 One of the games of my childhood.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30, 2012
TO BUY OR NOT TO BUY: Eschalon: Book 1
by JunkStar

✭Old-school isometric GUI
✭Utilizes an effective variant of turn-based strategy
✭12-15 hour playthrough feels signifcant, but not overwhelming
✭Great character customization and strategies

✭Steep learning curve
✭More linear than you might expect from an open world game
✭Small gameworld compared to others of the genre
✭Slow walking animation
✭Superflous gold/items beyond 10 hours of gameplay
✭Surprisingly uninteresting story

FINAL DECISION: You will get you money's worth even at the full price of $6 if you are into classic, isometric RPG games like Ultima. Buy it!
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
90.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 21, 2014
(Before I get going, I'll say that Book 2 is much improved and although I'm only a few hours in, I can probably recommend Book 2. Writing is more polished, graphics feel fresher, and controls feel more responsive. Book 1 isn't necessary to play or understand the story of Book 2.)

Slow paced and feels more like a shallow copy of old school CRPGs (hey, that *looks old-fashioned*, or, nobody does *that* in RPGs anymore, let's put that into Eschalon) rather than capturing the deep magic that made old school CRPGs worth reviving (as in "why did they do that, and does it still make sense? If so, let's put it in and modernize it just a bit"). Don't get me wrong, I like turn-based (Western) CRPGs, love Spiderweb Games (Exile through Avadon even), and I even fire up one of the top roguelikes now and then (Nethack, ADOM, dwarf fortress, Cataclysm DDA, etc.), and Eschalon Book 1 falls flat by comparison. I've played Ultima 4-8, Wasteland, Fallout 1-2, Baldur's Gate, Arcanum, and I've probably played other awesome turn-based overhead CRPGs that I can't remember. I'm sure I've played some clunkers too, but I felt I had to put up this negative review if only b/c I cannot figure out why so many people seem to like this game enough to recommend others play it--the hype for this game, from "pro" reviews and players, makes me wonder how many of those even played a quarter of the games I listed up top.

Eschalon Book 1 is a passable timesink, but do yourself a favor and fire up an actual classic or one of the better old-school-style titles this side of 1999. Even if it's cheap, there's still your time to consider--a playthrough takes about 20-40 hours depending on how OCD you get on doing quests and leveling up, and much of that will be spent slowly walking your single toon around obstacles since there's no click-move.

As for the plot, it's pretty straightforward w/o any real interesting twists, the writing is passable, but there's no real drama, tension, or even humor. There's *some* sure, but most of it is rather flat and just something to check the box.

Now, nobody ever came out and said this was a "love letter" to old-school CRPGs, but much of the marketing kept hyping up it's old-school-ness. To that I respond: 1) actual old CRPGs did it better, 2) some of those old CRPGs are still playable now, 3) newer CRPGs in old-school-style have also done it better.

If you read this and still played the game, no problem, even if you found you liked it enough to at least *want* to play it *a second time* (how many Yes-recommenders honestly think they'd *want* to play a second time? That's not even *actually* playing it twice, but just *thinking* about it?). I'm not saying I know all for everybody. If you played it and didn't like it, then at least know you've not gone crazy considering how many reviews recommend it. If you have yet to play it, seriously, track down and play the other names I've dropped first, then maybe you can at least be so busy putting in the hours into those that you won't even have to think about Eschalon.
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9 of 16 people (56%) found this review helpful
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
This game is one of the best RPG out on linux.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
56.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2012
This game is truly fantastic. It is quite a bit difficult when you are first starting out and don't really know what to do or what is good, but after you warm up to the game, you learn it has a deep meta surrounding optimizing your character and that just building your character can be as fun as playing the game itself.

The game features turn based movement and combat, as seen in many roguelikes, although this game itself is not a roguelike. It's got great randomly generated treasure always keeping you in suspense for what might be in the next loot bag. There is also a wide diversity of enemies, even among the many melee-oriented enemies in the game, there are frequently variations such as enemies that inflict diseases or poison with their attacks.

The story is pretty good, and it's told to you through conversations with the various NPCs. Learning about the world and its lore is pretty fascinating and there is enough of it to keep you wanting more all the way until the end of the game.

There are lots of things to do in the game, like crafting potions with alchemy, enchanting your equipment, tons of sidequests, secret rooms to find, locks to pick, traps to disarm, and crimes to commit. It's very reminiscent of the great Ultima games, but updated with modern technology. This game is a must have for any old school RPG fans.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2011
If you like old school single character RPGs than Eschalon is exactly what you're looking for. It's 2-D slightly skewed perspective is reminiscent of the later Ultima games, while the character development is more on par with a Baldur's Gate game, allowing you to choose which skills and spells to improve as you level. The story is simple but effective, and you consistantly feel there is a purpose to your actions, propeling you on to the next area or quest. It's simple old school fun in an RPG, and it works. Eschalon Books I and II provide hours of entertaining gameplay and are recommended for anyone looking for that early 90's feel from an RPG.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
19.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 3, 2011
Pre-Release Review
Great old school Ultima style rpg with decent music and story. Non linear exploration and minor story elements. Unique by modern standarts.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2012
Pre-Release Review
A good old school RPG, but very challenging.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
36.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 8, 2011
A better rpg than Dragon age 2.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
21.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
Great wellmade rpg cheap cost and very well made
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