Destroy the Demon and locate the lost Crown of Peace!
User reviews: Mixed (45 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 11, 1999
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About This Game

Your goal is to confront and destroy the Demon and locate the lost
Crown of Peace. You will roam your once-beautiful land, routing out
the Demon's hateful minions, solving the mysteries of the fortress,
and moving ever closer to your final encounter with the Demon. Summon
your courage and raise your sword for a fight to the death.


7 Levels: At the Gates; Underdark, a cavern realm of molten lava;
Chambers of Torment, the dungeons of the fortress; The Commoners Quarters;
Garden of Eternity, the fortress courtyard; The King's Quarters; The Dragon's Den

Wage war with swords, axes, magic, and explosive weaponry through nine quests, seven
levels and five sublevels of the ultimate hack-and-slash action.

Fight for your clan and your world as one of four unique characters each possessing
distinct skills and abilities.

Casts spells, unravel puzzles, interact with extraordinary characters and destroy evil incarnate.

When you launch Clans, you will see a window pop up:

"Please insert the CLANS CD! Hit OK when done, or Cancel if you don't want any music."

This is an olde school Diablo type game, back in the days when games were run with the CD inserted. The interesting feature of this particular game is that the
contents of the original CD contained only the music for the game. What this means is that you can put ANY music CD into your CD player and the game will play it! If you don’t want to have music playing, simply hit ‘Cancel’ and the game will launch. Have fun!

The original CD audio has been added to the game files. If you want to hear the original soundtrack, you will have to navigate to your Steam directory where the game files for Clans reside. You will find a folder called "Clans music", and the audio files are in there. Then you will have to burn an audio CD and put into your CD drive.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 95/98
    • Processor: Pentium 120
    • Memory: 32 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct compatible SVGA video card
    • DirectX: Version 6.0
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
69 of 109 people (63%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
This game is all shades of terrible. Gift it to everyone you know as a joke.
Posted: June 29
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19 of 26 people (73%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Clans is an old school hack and slash action game similar to Diablo. After playing for a while i managed to complie a list of good and bad points which i shall list, i shall point out the flaws and leave the good bits to the end to leave this review on a happier note;

Their doesn't seem to be any stratergy involved. There are three warrior classes and the "elf" class which is the wizard. and while i enjoy the idea of different fighting styles, there is the Warrior, the Barbarian and the dwarf, which is less cliche more boring when selecting a character, people who prefere long range only have one class and that is the elf class.

The lack of items. The game seems to try and make it out that there is challenge when really its just unfair, you get two lives and they go quickly as you get surrounded by more and more enemies, i got down to about half health when i encontered a mini boss. I thought he was some form of boss as he was hiding behind the statue so he got the first hit, and he did the most damage out of all the other monsters I fought, this lead to my death and i respawned and killed him, this rbought be down to four hit points left and he dropped a potion which brought me up to 11, i was thent asked to clear out a cottage (so my first real quest) where i found myself swarmed with no healing of any kind and i died again losing my last life and going back to the main menu.

The controls. The controls for moving are straight forward but attacking is the right mouse button which is odd and i was not told this so i had taken a few hits before i figured it out, there are interactable items within the game but there is little to no clue apart from a slight light up of the item. weapons do not have any sort of indication as to whats better or what it requires, there is an axe for example which requires two hands, i didnt know this untill i saw that i didn't have my sheild equipped anymore. There are also items in the game world that dont seem to have any use, left clicking (which is used for moving and item management) does nothing and the right mouse button swings your weapon.

the writing: this is a minor point but the spelling and wording could use some work it isnt bad but it doesnt scream "in your face bioware"

Now onto the good points which im pleased to say, what this game does well it does -very- well so lets get started:

Sound. The music and sound effects are brilliant and you get the right atmosphere that some games simply cannot achieve.

Introduction. the opening introduction is fully voiced (and voiced quite well i will add) and gives a very retro feel which made me feel quite excited to play this game.

Function. The game downlaoded quickly, had no problems getting it to run, and it ran smoothly with no obvious bugs or glitches, it seems this was a main focus of their time and it shows.

so i have listed three bad points (not counting the spelling and writing becuase what do you expect from a hack and slash diablo clone?") and three good points so its time to give my final verdict.....

I would -not- recommend this game on its own merits.
Posted: May 18
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16 of 26 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Possibly the original Diablo Clone, back when Cloning Technology hadn't been perfected on sheep. Much like those early clones, Clans has degenerated over the last 15 years, which is why I can't recommend it. It might be a nice nostalgia hit for some of the older gamers, but I don't think it's much more than that.
While Diablo is held in high esteem even to this day, it's hard to say Clans is little more than it's weaker clone.

Don't worry game runs if you click cancel, but don't think there's any music. If click OK music does play.
Posted: June 29
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
"You enter a new kind of hell."

Clans is a slightly bland name, isn’t it? Maybe that’s why it was called Satanica in Germany. Satanica, that’s more like it.
It came out during a time where everyone was waiting for Diablo II and every game that shared similar traits was quickly dismissed as a clone. Clans got slaughtered by the press, they hated the non-scrolling, square rooms with clearly marked exits and the static, pre-rendered graphics.

Well. I love them to death. All these wonderful shades of brown, grey and black. Almost every room/bit uniquely rendered. A sense of total bleakness without bragging about it. And then puzzles, like, proper puzzles that you would find in classic point-and-click adventure games. Kicking a door in with an axe, setting spellbooks on fire in a chimney to destroy them.
I'm playing the game with some kind of weak elf character, something I normally don’t do, as I prefer babarians or warriors, as they don’t die so easily.
I really recommend the elf class, it ramps up the difficulty and changes the gameplay, because you really don’t have a lot of HP, and potions are rare, so suddenly every health point counts.
Well, you quicksave, enter a new room and a bunch of enemies start to attack you, which often means instant death or unacceptable HP loss - so you quickly reload, which only takes a fraction of seconds and try again, which creates nice “I can do this better!”-loops reminding me of Hotline Miami.
In Diablo II, when I lost HP, I never really knew why, and it didn’t matter, as you could heal yourself without problems.

Next thing: Clans doesn’t give you experience points for killing enemies. I partly think this is because the developer didn’t have the funds to properly balance and test an EXP system. But on the other hand, it is SO bold to take away from players what they desire the most: watching numbers grow.
Instead, you level up by finding items, and avoiding fights (via teleporters) is often encouraged. Also, enemies often start fighting each other, which always gives games a sense of realism…

(All of this makes me also want to play the next game they did, it’s called Dragonfire - The Well of Souls and contains the playable character class DUCK. Also, you set out to fight an evil princess. What’s not to love? Needless to say, that one got killed by the gaming press, too.)
Posted: August 21
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Unless you want to return for nostalgia, this game is not for you.

Me and my brother however had a blast.
Posted: July 2
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181 of 213 people (85%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record

Clans is a Diablo style dungeon crawling hack and slash game. The game was originally released in 1999 and it has actually gotten worse since then. The game starts with an error message about needing to insert an imaginary game CD and if you don't put a music CD in, the game will have no background music of any kind.

Aside from technical issues, the game isn't fun. The world isn't open, it is a series of small rooms that are traversed by clicking red arrows to change zones. The map is intrusive and the exploration feels jerky. The monsters don't drop fun loot like other dungeon crawlers and gold is nearly useless.

There is no character progression because there are no levels and experience. Your character gains stats through potions found on the ground. There are only 2 weapon types and 1 armor type so all of the equipment is boring. There is no gratification in killing mobs because there is no chance of that magical item you have been hunting for.

With a thin plot, no music, no character progression, no interesting loot, and poor navigation, I can't recommend this game even at less than $3.
Posted: March 13
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