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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Mixed (147 reviews) - 57% of the 147 user reviews for this game are positive.
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

About This Game

THE DRAGON'S LEGACY
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.

GAMEPLAY

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.

FEATURES

  • 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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Mixed (147 reviews)
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Cap'n Gia
( 0.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Product received for free
With horribly out-dated or just counter-intuitive controls (Seriously, you can't turn while flying forward?) and puzzling/broken menus/UI I can not recommend this game to anyone. Where are all of the GOOD dragon games?
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Softball Louie
( 8.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17
Game is dookie
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Vaiwaer
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Crashes every single time I:
1. Press Esc.
2. Level up.
3. Open game options.

I really wanted to like it due to being able to play as a dragon, but as of now, it's unplayable...
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Distant
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 5
Doesn't even work crashes whenever I try to enter a new map or press escape. Literally unplaybale...
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hanquisha
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 4
The concept is cool, but the controls on this game are so unmanageable they make it unplayable.
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Asriel Dreemurr
( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
To be honest, I never knew this game existed until I level up recently and got a coupon for 90% of a game called "The I Of The Dragon". At first I was either going to trade or sell the voucher, since it was indeed tradable, but my interest was peaked and I took a look at it. Not caring much for Action-RPGs, I was still inclined to sell it, but I decided adding a new game to my collection would be nice and it was a steal at only 70 cents with the coupon. Little did I know I'd find an obscure gem.

This game has become one of my favourite old-school story-based games within the first hours of playing. It was a little repetative, yes; and the controls did irritate at times, always going backwards because a tree or hill was in the way and such, but it was really fun. There were a few sections in which I had the down the difficulty because it got quite extreme; being killed in one hit as the Warlord and Cultist, but overall the difficulty curb was nice and smooth.

The voice acting was complete garbage, no sugar coating that. This was 2004, however, and I can give it a pass for that, especially since the low quality voice acting in this game actually is far better than a few select games I've seen from 2014-15.

I played the Fire Dragon, as I always play a tank character in RPG games. It was a fun experiance, burning things and getting close combat in with the many monsters. The gorillas with homing shots did irritate me, but after level grinding a bit through invasions I could take them. By far my favourite part was the final battle against Skarborr because with the column spell I managed to launch him all the way across the map, which I found highly amusing as he'd fall back down floating and changing direction incredibly quickly, obviously annoyed.

Can't really think of much else to say. I didn't find the low quality graphics annoying, since I'm used to early 2000's games like Age Of Empires. I just found it fun and I'll probably do a run as the other two dragon classes once I get some more free time. If you have a few extra dollars, I'd suggest this game.
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Selena
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Game is pretty much broken. Tutorial doesn't work right, it gets stuck on the "here's how you move your camera" part, the controls are nonintuitive, and it crashes every minute or so. Definitely not worth the investment of your money.
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Azarune
( 15.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Like many others this game was a keystone to my childhood. I remember when I first played the demo, instantly falling in love with the story (I mean you're a dragon? What's more to ask). Some of my fondest memories are playing this game, fun to play, though the controls are very unothrodox but with two forms of movements (You can solely play via keyboard, or with just a mouse) and camera settings you can definitely find a compromise. If you've been looking for a videogame that you can play as a Dragon, but dismayed that most of them make you either a Dragon rider or a morphing human-dragon-thing, look no further.
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Aythadis
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 17
This is quite possibly one of my favorite games I've played in a LONG time. I never even knew this game existed till I stumbled upon it on the store for 90% off ($0.93 CAN.) Frankly any game out there that lets me play as a mother f***ing Dragon is usually always an instant purchase, as games like that are far and few between, and sadly most of them are not that good either. This one happens to be a mixed bag. This game does suffer from problems, and I will explain.

This game is old, 2004. There hasn't been any work on updating this by the Devs, as according to the forums, the Devs don't have the source files. Thankfully though some loyal fans have made some patches to fix problems, like the music not playing, the intro movie not playing, not being able to change controls, slightly improving the graphics, etc. I've played both the normal and patched versions. I never experienced any crashes as stated by other people.

My main gripe with it was the controls. This was the main reason why I never actually finished the game. I got tired trying to fight with the controls. The fan patch does help improve them, but I still found myself fighting with them when fighting harder enemies in the later stages of the game.

In terms of the gameplay, you are a dragon. You fly around, using your attacks and spells to kill monsters and spawners, gain XP to level up to upgrade your stats and learn new attacks/spells, collect gems to gain more power to learn more spells, grab enemies and devour them, and f*** s*** up! There really isn't much for variety in anything though. You go to an area, kill everything, move onto the next, repeat. Some people may not like that at all.

You have a selection of 3 types of dragons. Fire, Ice, and Acid. Each one has different starting stats, and a variety of different kinds of attacks/spells. Everything from Fireball, Ice storm, to summoning zombie minions, and even opening a giant fissure in the ground to kill your enemies! Each Dragon class also plays slightly differently as well. The Fire Dragon being the big Tank/Damage dealer, getting up close and smashing enemies with Fire based attacks. The Ice Dragon being more like a Sniper/Mage class with Ice/slowing attacks to freeze or take them out from a distance. The Acid Dragon being a Necromancer with Acid based attacks causing DOTS and summoning zombies to take the focus off of you.

Now in terms of actually flying and battling, is very awkward. You move around by clicking where you want to fly, and your dragon to fly to the beacon you placed. Then attacking enemies you have to select a spell, and either click or click and hold to power up the spell. Most spells though will cause you to stop before actually attacking, causing you to attack then trying to move to avoid being hit. This tend to make the game feel very awkward for me, and kind of why I never completely finished the game.

I played the game for about 8 hours before I added in the Fan-made patches. I highly recommend adding the patches.

Pros:
- You are a god damn mother f***ing Dragon!
- Lots of good attacks/spells to use, that feel powerful to use.
- Leveling system is simple to use.
- Audio/Music sound great.
- Has a much needed Tutorial.
- Steam Trading Cards.

Cons:
- Very outdated graphics.
- Controls are bad.
- Audio/Video problems.
- Extremely repetitive.
- **Requires Fan-made Patches to make the game better.**
- No achievements.

If you can look past the problems, it can be a good game. Not perfect, but GOOD. When in doubt, get it on sale!

6/10

I will say though, because of this game it made me realize something. We NEED a new Dragon game!
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OhioMan
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
What is wrong with this game with these Access Violation errors? game loads and plays fine.. just don't hit escape
why don't developers fix these old games to work on modern computers instead of just throwing them on steam and just get what they can? 6.99? seriously?? it is bad enough i paid 83 cents for this and still feel ripped off.
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88 of 98 people (90%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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71 of 77 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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62 of 77 people (81%) found this review helpful
5 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 GOG.com.
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, GOG.com 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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82 of 109 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 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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37 of 45 people (82%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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23 of 24 people (96%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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48 of 69 people (70%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oE-D6RlGb4M

For anyone interested in buying the game, or already have, I made a guide compiling all known fixes for the game:

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=403666192
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
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.

Recommendation:
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 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 11, 2015
I was confused on startup, eventually caught on fairly quick to saving towns and aiding the humans. Controls use mouse and keyboard for change of damage,magic, eating, yeah eating. Q-A for altitude,mouse to edge moves camera which swings fast, (its was the camera for me that takes getting used too, but works good, has auto follow and 1st person look, if 3rd not liked) scroll views are nice.
Overall an entertaining RPG for all to enjoy. Flying and fighting is very fullfilling, and the strategy is there to be worked. world has lots of places, or areas to conquer, using fire or magic.. good price for a fun time.
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