The world of Nimoa is as beautiful as the morning dew, but only at first glance. Under the surface of hills and fertile valleys lurks an old and eternal evil. Living as a mould, stretching threads through an infected area like deadly toadstools. The center of this "being?" deep in the under world is the giant daemon, Skarborr.
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Release Date: Mar 10, 2004

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“Very good! [...] those of you looking for an Action RPG to play that has smooth and addictive game play and a unique twist to it should definitely pick up I of the Dragon.”
80 – Actiontrip

“I'd definitely rank this as a "must-buy" for any dragon-lovers out there [...]”
80 – Gameshark

“En resumen. Un genial juego de RPG-acción con un contexto único y original; los únicos puntos en contra son su nivel de re-jugabilidad --que no es grande, y la falta de variedad y diversidad al momento de evolucionar el dragón elegido.”
90 – Jdejuegos

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The world of Nimoa is as beautiful as the morning dew, but only at first glance. Under the surface of hills and fertile valleys lurks an old and eternal evil. Living as a mould, stretching threads through an infected area like deadly toadstools. The center of this "being?" deep in the under world is the giant daemon, Skarborr.


You, the player, take the role of the young, inexperienced dragon. In the role of the savior of Nimoa you move through the skies and faces all the challenges of the evil Skarborr. At the beginning of the game the player has the choice of three dragons: Annoth The Fire Breather, Barroth the magician and Morrogh The Necromancer. All three are different and all three have their own ways of dealing with the great many adversaries you will meet. You also develop the dragon's combat abilities throughout the game to deal with the increasingly tough and resilient enemies, until you meet and conquer Skarborr himself.

That is not all, you will also need to control other characters and complete important tasks on the path to overall victory: a warlord and his steed on a potentially fatal fact finding mission, the thoroughly competent hunter on a mission of delicate accuracy and selective killing and the three huge creatures and their riders in an attempt to destroy magical generators keeping the dragons away from the next big fight.

Through 12 enormous and differing geographical areas the task is not only to hunt and destroy despicable monsters, but to build, maintain and defend human settlements. A dragon's individual character, breathtakingly fluid graphics and addictively exhausting aerial combat bring you many hours of sometimes sweat generating gameplay.

You will also fall under the spell of "The I of the Dragon" with its mystical atmosphere, impressive sunrises and colorful but ominous sunsets, for who knows what the night will bring.


  • A choice of three dragons each with its own abilities, based on fire, ice and acid, developing either into a battle, wizard or sniper dragon. There are no limits to the possibilities
  • 12 unique territories representing various geographical areas: mountains desserts, forests and savanna etc. Each map has over 10 square kilometers to cover
  • More than 60 spells with special effects available to each dragon
  • Real time Terra-Forming allows complete mountain ranges disappear and reappear in another location
  • Static and real-time lighting ensure the correct lighting conditions to every day and night cycle
  • Fascinating sunsets and a night sky full of stars await you
  • The Time Control-Option makes it possible to adjust "The I of The Dragon" to your own speed
  • Slow motion mode with a fascinating effect

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98/Me/2000/XP
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Single Core CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel or AMD Dual Core CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Shader 3.0 or higher
    • DirectX: Version 8.1
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X Compatible
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76 of 82 people (93%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 10, 2015
The game was initially released with files missing, which has since been fixed. What you have now is a wonderful RPG where you get to play as a mighty dragon. I played this game quite a bit over the years and was very surprised to see it pop up on steam.

The I of the dragon is quite relentless in its default difficulty (5) but can be adjusted to either 1 or 10. I do not recommend putting it higher as the game was clearly not properly designed for it. The game is rather slow paced by default and turning all enemies into tanks that just take way too long to kill is not fun, only tedious.

There's 3 different Dragon classes; Necromancer, Mage and Warrior, the latter focussing on its fire breath over magic use. Each class has unique skills and specializes in different stats (which are cheaper to level up). The necromancer ends up being the middle ground class with some summoning options.

As you level up you can spend points on stats and purchase spells (for said points). Its up to the player to balance it out.

Spells in this game are quite awesome and deserve to be mentioned seperatly. There is a wide range of spells and with the ability to litterally summon mountains and giant craters you can terraform the land around you quite dramatically impacting enemy movement as well. Yes after some time the land will turn back to its original state but it takes quite a while and it looks impressive. Really makes the player feel powerful.

However, as for downsides; There are a couple of segments in the game where you are forced to play as other characters and these segments are just plain terrible. There's no way around it, they should never have made it in the game. However they happen relatively late and can be finished somewhat quick with some practice.

Overall, if you like the idea of controlling a mighty dragon that grows incredibly strong over time, get this game. Yes it's a bit dated but the game is unique enough that there really isn't a better modern alternative. This IS the best dragon RPG out there.
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94 of 108 people (87%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 15, 2015
Once Upon a Time, when the gaming community was young, and coptures - old, game developers had the guts to try and put some new and truly unique stuff into their games, rather then just copy - paste a single successful formula for every given genre. Giving this game a try, you will learn why, and come to appreciate the fact these good old times have past.

This game used to amaze back in the day, it was the first time gamers were given a try to play an RPG that doesn't blindly follow the "knight in shiny armour killing the archdemon" cliche. The graphics rocked (in 2002), the feeling of flight on your own set of wings, and the ability to dive down and catch your rival to have a bloody snack up in the air were amusing. BUT back in the day we were used to having to relearn and remaster the controls for every new game that we played, we were used to having to deal with clunky controls and some minor inconveniences in the overall gameplay. The tradition of implementing high quality, touching stories with complex characters had not yet been settled in the industry. We loved games mainly for their gameplay and the fresh experiences they brought us.
Today most games deliver several genres in one pack, like shooters where you can fly a plane or ride a car e.t.c. The things that made this game look cool more than a decade ago are fairly trivial for the modern gamer, while the flaws look outrageous. The game has an unappealing story, the quests are boring and repetitive (go to an area kill all the monster, then go to another locations and do "the exact same thing over and over again"), the controls are oldschool (clunky + underworked = inconvenient). This game is bad by all modern game standards, but this game was developed in the times when those standards were only a work in progress.

Summary: If you are a player from back in the day, taking the low price of the game to notice, you might want to take a glance to the past with this one, it might be a useful experience. Or if you are new to gaming and want to feel how it realy was to play them "good old games" you might want to get it while on sale. In other cases take a second thought before you press the "buy" button.
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67 of 81 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2015
Full Disclosure: Re-released game, bought original and bought Steam version during $2 sale. Big fan of
I bought this game back in 2004 and played it then. It was alright, especially since games that let you play as a dragon are few and far between. Yeah, it got fairly repetitive since the majority of the game is hunting down monster spawners and killing then, usually via fly-by attacks. (Would've been better if they used mouse-based flight a-la Freelancer since you use said mouse for some controls. And yes, Freelancer came out before this.)
However, this is no longer that game, and even at $2, I can't recommend it. The controls are still awkward, but now they're worse since you can't remap the keys unless you use a fan-made patch. Also, the game has a CTD problem trying to play the opening movie unless you delete it, and trying to rotate the camera is especially painful as sometimes it starts moving right away, and sometimes it takes up to a full second before it even starts moving. If this was turn-based, it'd only be annoying, but this game is very much action-based. (This is also fixed with a fan-made patch.)
The devs have already gone on record saying that there won't be any patches or improvements to the game as they have lost the source code. Look guys, if you don't have the source code and/or can't fix any problems that arise with the game, DON'T RELEASE THE GAME. The gameplay has gone from "not bad" to "broken mess" simply because these issues can't be fixed due to being unable to update the game for modern systems. The saddest thing is, has set a standard for updating old games, and this falls well below it.
Fix the controls so somebody doesn't need three hands to play the game/restore the ability to remap keys, fix the CTD issues, and the lag when trying to rotate the camera, and this game might be worth the asking price. As it is, this game is a broken mess and despite the graphics not aging well, it might be worth playing again.
EDIT: BTW, those review scores up there at the top of the page from Actiontrip and Gameshark? Those are from the '04 edition. The Gameshark site isn't even around anymore.
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87 of 116 people (75%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2015
A great game that is poorly released on steam. The steam store is flat out lying, this game does not contain any english audio, in fact it does not even contain any scripts to trigger cut scenes for the game to even properly start. If you directly buy this off the steam store and fire it up into a new game you will be met with a weird end game start, (You have access to end game areas right from the get go, which should not be the case). If you want to play it you will have to download a few missing files that are available on the steam fourms other wise it is in an absolute unplayable state.
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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1, 2015
While being very buggy and hard to control, it is still the game I always wanted to play.
I wished there would be a sequel with fixed bugs, better controls, customizeable dragons and other features (like landing?) but there like like no demand and therefore I doubt that there will ever be a sequel. Sadly, since it has potential.
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2015
First Question: Is this game worth buying?
Well yes, for us old people it is fun to play games with sub par graphics that are from 2004 (correct me if i am mistaken). Really don't expect this to be anything like super fancy and spyro like, don't expect graphics to which you can actually see teeth on the model. But, this is not for people who want things that have more options to being a dragon such as landing or interacting. This is more of I am going to burn and destroy every living thing I see.

Second Question: What is Gameplay like?
-You fly around.
-You make human towns because apparently women aren't pooping babies fast enough or the babies are getting eatten by Diablo...
-You never land because you are magically suspended into the air.
-You get hit by the most annoying enemies and have to use your manuverbility to actually fly around and avoid being hit. Hint: just fly up and down :)
-Somehow I get shot out of the air by a blast of fire that I have no clue where it came from O.o
-It is still challenging dispite you fly around and burn stuff. P.S: You have spells because you a bloody magical dragon.
-You have 3 classes of dragons only.
-The graphics are that of N64 and PS1.
-Also I get to eat food on the go!

Third Question: Why write this review?
I am a friggin dragon.
Also I think it deserves a review that just because it's not like modern day games doesn't mean it isn't good. For it's time it was pretty cool, but just remember that older games had a weirdness of being simpler yet fun and straightforward such as Fate, Bejeweled, Diablo 1, Warcraft 1... and so on.

Once again....
As I said I wouldnt recommend this to people who want to interact with other things or do more complex actions than casting spells, burning monsters/spawners, and flying around. This is not a complex nor intense game. It's pretty straight forward but the balance of the game is slightly off and requires you to actually think and react to overpowered mobs shooting at you. Not a perfect game but like I said it's a cheap timewaster.
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48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
14.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 6, 2015
You get to RP as a dragon. That alone was enough for me to buy it. The game is a bit buggy, and already had to fix some of the bugs myself such as tutorial+dialogs not triggering, but I have definitly got enjoyment out of the game. It also has one of my favorite killing methods:

For anyone interested in buying the game, or already have, I made a guide compiling all known fixes for the game:
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20 of 25 people (80%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
17.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 31
Goods and contras:
  • (+) Helpful Dragon. (if you like or think it’s interesting)
  • (+) Interesting control. (Flying)
  • (+) Colourful and nice landscapes. (View)
  • (-) Repetitive missions. (It wasn’t boring me)
  • (-) Low graphics quality. (For those who care)
  • (-) A few of voice actors just read their text. :(

Crash, bug, glitch:
I had three game crashes in seventeen hours. It was when I had played much hours with it. About 3-4 hours. Most of the negative review say it’s a crashing game. I had played with it Windows 7 64bit.
The game doesn’t play the in-game musics. But, you can fix it with this:
Workaround/patch for background music issue

My personally opinion:
It’s a game where you as a Dragon have got a mission to save the world from the evil ‘Skarborr’ who wants to destroy the world.
So, you would be a Dragon hero, opposite than the ordinary Dragon means. (Good Dragon)
The game is nice. Neither awesome nor bad. = Nice. I enjoyed to play with it.
The control was uncomfortable for me at first because I hadn’t flown before. I managed to used to it.

I think that those who like (or don’t care) play as a Dragon, and flying, and help to save the world could enjoy this game.

To the Achievement-Hunters:
There are no achievements. You can play with it without Achievement-Rate drop-down.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
24.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 15, 2015
Steam launch bugs have been fixed to this date (no turorial dialogs, access to forbiden areas ,no audio, no text).
With that said is a fun twist to play as the dragon, but the missions get repetitive very soon (kill monsters and lairs).
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15 of 21 people (71%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
14.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 6, 2015
This game is so great since I played on around year 2005-2006 and I love it!
When I have been growing up, have own Steam, and saw this game on Steam...I'm feels nostalgic a bit.

Too bad that I play this on Windows 7, everything is fine except for music problems, I don't care though. (I'm plays the musics on outside the game)
The control is able to fix, I have been trying out by myself, but you need to have some search... Yeah, it is like normally when I'm played on 10 years ago.

Well, you play as the Dragons. Fly around over the landscapes. Fight the Monsters. The humans are respect you!
Also, I love the Dragons! :D

This game is totally worth for me!
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3.5 hrs
Posted: October 21
Product received for free
Really bad controls. Bugged - I have sort of this bug that pressing A/S or some other key is making screenshots... each minute I got couple of them. So annoying bug, as well as not triggering scripts to make progress in game :(
Poor gameplay - why flying with mouse, instead of WSAD, that's so silly :(

When you release the game, why you don't apply bug fixes that are PRESENT in other versions, released for example on GOG,
Why devs, why?!?!
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N7 Rimny
1.4 hrs
Posted: October 17
Product received for free
Good old game, feeling nostalgia already :)
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
This game is so much fun. I use to play it before it was on steam and finding it again is amazing. Great soundtrack also and has a good challenge to it.
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0.3 hrs
Posted: October 16
Product received for free
Pretty sick actually
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2.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
People are giving this game a bad review, forgetting that this game has been out for over 12 years, for it's time it's great, I remember playing it a very long time ago, and I had a blast. Good rpg elements, it's overall fun and it has trading cards! I do admit it didn't age meeting today's requirments, but I wouldn't give it a negative review.
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0.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
Only 0.2h here, because i have cd version.
Unfortanely, steam version is buggy as hell, but, there are solutions. So, before you hit negative review: - general, key bindings fix - better graphics - background music fix - discussion about access violation error - discussion about crashes, besides, there should be no crashing if you pause before going to world map
Still, its worth it. Why? Dragon here is not a mount, its a main character, and really - powerful main character. Just killing machine, rather slow, so no fancy maneuvering, but it's big, killing machine. What about summoning great vulcano (one of endgame spells) right into enemy forces? What about building entire cities (thanks for artifacts) in 10 seconds (and that is actual game, not cutscene)? Gameplay may be repetitive after certain point, but i think this game should not be considered only as action rpg, but also as hack and slash, and thats another plus - h'n's with dragon instead of guy with his sword? Yup. Also, world is quite interesting, many different biomes, creatures (design of some monsters reminds me of Sacrifice - great titile btw, by reminds me i mean not direct similarities, rather general style, that there is something unique), characters, quite big maps even for modern standards (because they are open, no endless lanes or canyons like in drakan series, for example). Another + for progression system, for example: expanding mana is cheaper for "mage" dragon and more expensive for warrior; many, many spells/abilities to learn (different trees, depends on your character class), also dragon will change his own looks (from time to time) - how? that depends on which stats you focus. Ofc, all these things won't help if you just don't like old games, but for me it is great title. Not AAA, rather... lets say... "mediocre"(well, maybe too harsh word), but mediocre with a soul.

PS My english isn't best, sorry because of that, hope this review is understandable.
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3.2 hrs
Posted: October 16
The I of the Dragon is a game that I recommend because:
- it is a method to banish boredom
- it has an acceptable price
- it is a good RPG
- it has singleplayer mode
- it has trading cards

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Apparently Kid
5.0 hrs
Posted: August 13
This game is terrible. Some of the worst controls I've ever seen in the game. The camera is oversensitive, goes flying around all over the place. Trying to change sensitivity doesn't help much. When putting the video settings to natural resolution, the UI is super tiny and unable to read. Controls are awful. It is a bunch of random keyboard buttons that make no sense. You have to use buttons on numbad and "a" and "q" for normal button controls. There's not much direction or story. The first level just has you farming kills of tiny little things which give tiny little xp boosts until you reach level 4. There are these crystals that you are supposed to be able to collect, but flying next to them doesn't collect them, and sometimes they are randomly absorbed, and other times not. It isn't explained what they do or their purpose. That's pretty sums up this game. If you want to struggle with horrendous controls, awful camera, lack of story or direction, grindy gameplay and no fun, then this is the game for you.

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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 8
I played and enjoyed the CD-ROM version of this game back in the day, but the Steam version is a mess. The default controls don't work well, and using a program such as Joy To Key won't help because the controls are already partially mapped (unsuccessfully) to a game controller. The game allows you to remap the keys... except that it doesn't actually work. The game doesn't save your changes.

But, worst of all, the game crashes almost constantly. I finally gave up on remapping the keys and tried to make do with the sub-optimal default key assignment, only to find myself booted out of the game and staring at an error message window roughly once every 1-2 minutes of gameplay.

I really wanted to like this one because it brought back fond memories of the CD-ROM version. But, in the end, I decided that it just wasn't worth the effort and frustration.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 1
I hate people who recommend this game for buying.
The steam version is UNPLAYABLE!
Let me repeat that, it is unplayable as they changed; CameraAngles, Controls, Cutscenes, Missions and probably something ells for the WORSE!
You cant control this piece of ♥♥♥♥ anymore, i used to play this game as a kid and still have a hardcopy lying around which works on my old laptop! Works fine!
This steam version on the other hand....How the F did you manage to mess this game up? HOW? and why ?

Dont buy the steam version, buy any other version just not the steam version!

Other than that the game is great and alot of fun. But no game, no matter how good, is any fun if you cant control it and it sounds like ♥♥♥♥.
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