Newly-crowned King of Callahach! It's been twenty years since your father saved the world by entrapping the evil Sorcerer Sanwe. Now the spell is waning. Sanwe's malevolent force will soon consume the land, and only you can stop him!
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1994

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“One of the last of the best graphic adventures of the mid-1990's, this fantasy game was full of surprises! It involved a kingdom threatened by a wizard so powerful, their only defense was to encase him in a mystic bubble. A small orb, the Dragonsphere, shows the rulers of this land how the shield is holding...and now, the orb has begun to crack!”
100 – Techtite

“An exciting new graphic adventure, packed with people and places to discover. It could be longer, allowing for more detailed interaction with the characters you meet. It's easy to lose yourself in this fresh, engaging game.”
87 – PC Gamer

“Dragonsphere is weighed down by some derivative fantasy elements and subpar production design. Yet, it remarkably rises above its shortcomings with a solid, well written plot and creative puzzles. In all, the game lives up to the promise of its developer of delivering an engaging fantasy adventure, even if it is not the most intricate or involved ever written.”
80 – Adventure Classic Gaming

About This Game

Travel to the land of the fantastic!

Newly-crowned King of Callahach! It's been twenty years since your father saved the world by entrapping the evil Sorcerer Sanwe. Now the spell is waning. Sanwe's malevolent force will soon consume the land, and only you can stop him. Will your quest be aided or subverted by bizarre races like shape-shifting Slathans, the faery-like Brynn-Fann, of the black-eyed Soptus Ecliptus?

A thousand deaths await your every step as you unlock mind bending puzzles. Magical items lie just out of reach. A host of deadly monsters are eager to do battle with you. And glorious rewards are yours to obtain as you struggle to preserve your father's legacy. The stage is set. The fate of the world turns upon your actions. The time for adventure is now!

  • Journey through a fully realized fantasy world via dazzling state-of-the-art graphics.
  • Experience the adventure through haunting music and fully digitized speech.
  • Perform an unprecedented range of actions with the MADS intuitive interface of your fingertips.
  • Watch your adventures come to life with ultra-smooth rotoscoping and advanced animation.
  • Soundtrack Included in high quality FLAC format.

System Requirements

Windows
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP / Vista / 7
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% DirectX compatible graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 100% DirectX compatible card or onboard sound
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.0 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
    Recommended:
    • OS: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 100% OpenGL accelerated card or onboard graphics
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Any ALSA supported card on onboard audio
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Overall:
Positive (10 reviews)
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kazerniel
( 1.6 hrs on record )
Posted: October 21, 2015
The Good:
+ Quite nice pixel graphics
+ Player-friendly UI
+ Every single item has its description, often witty :)
+ You can die in various interesting ways, and when you do, the game loads you back the the immediate action before it.
+ One of the rare old games where I didn't feel its age particularly took away from the experience

The Bad:
- Abysmal voice-acting
- The plot (at least its beginning) is the blandest "lone royal hero goes on a quest against evil mage" plot ever...
- The fairies are damn annoying, with the voice acting even more so.
- The game is very difficult. I'm quite familiar with the adventure genre, but I got stuck right at the beginning of each of the three plot paths. Having to consult UHS Hints for everything kinda takes the fun out of playing.

Verdict: not an outright 'not recommended', just a kind of 'meh, not really'. Worth taking a look for the graphics, and if you like difficult point & click adventures, but there are other, more enjoyable adventure games nowadays.
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Faudraline
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 17, 2015
I wouldn't know about you, but I've always been a fan of the old school adventure games with rich stories and ridiculously hard puzzles back in the day. Dragonsphere is an old school point & click adventure, originally developed and published by Microprose in 1994, and carries all qualities of its genre from obscure puzzles to incredibly rich narrative.

We take a quick glimpse on the land of Callahach, a medieval realm with high fantasy elements. 20 years ago, the evil sorcerer Sanwe was defeated and sealed into his own tower by the King, young prince Callash and court wizard, Ner-Tom with the usage of the Dragonsphere. 20 years later, the seal begins to wear off and once again, the realm is threatened by Sanwe's probable release. Prophecies of old call - now King Callash, to finish the battle started 20 years ago. After his coronation, our King decides to take the quest of facing the evil sorcerer and see to his demise once and for all.

Here in the land of Callahach, our fair hero is to embark on a journey to collect aid from neighboring nations in hopes of defeating Sanwe. Callach is to solve faerie riddles, deal with cunning shapeshifters, drink and gamble with the Caliph of Soptus, tread the Spirit Realm, wrestle with beasts of deep realms, avoid deadly traps and even prejudice of his own people. In the end though, the deceit comes from our one blind side, of course, with the addition of one major plot twist.

Without revealing further details of this beautiful, yet short story; let's take a look on what Dragonsphere has to offer. The game hails from the day when we used MS-DOS to play games, and it still uses a DOS BOX, which is both nostalgic and cute in my opinion. If you are in favor of realistic and magnificent graphics, this surely is not it. Yet, with the technology of the given era, Dragonsphere doesn't fail to deliver an elegant and beautiful display, accompanied with surprisingly catchy midi music. The movements of characters, background art and interactive animations do seem like art: pretty and elegant. I'm sure that some people made this game with much time and love spared. Voice acting is a bit hoarse and unimaginative, but script itself makes up for its own.

Gameplay menu presents you a list of actions and an inventory, in which you can combine actions with either items or the environment. Combinations are not always logical, but always imaginative. For everything you look at, you are rewarded with detailed narrative descriptions which enrich the setting greatly. Puzzles are really hard, I won't lie. For the first puzzle of the game - the Faerie Maze - you have to go through a logic puzzle, which did take 3 hours for me to figure out! When I finally figured the correct combination out, I was about to shed tears of joy! Aside this one, you will be encountering movement puzzles, language puzzles and lore puzzles, all obscure, yet imaginative and well thought. There is no replay value at all, but one playthrough is challenging enough.

Dragonsphere is certainly not for everyone. I'll recommend this game for the nostalgic and the one who'd like a real challenge in brain gymnastics only. Also, I have to inform you that the game is free for you to grab in GOG, so you may prefer not to pay for it here on Steam. I, for myself, was happy to lend some financial provision for Microprose, for the old times’ sake.

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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Hanse
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: September 5, 2015
This may simply be put to my inexperience with the genre, but I found this game difficult and unfair to do without a guide. Specifically there are a handful of puzzles I found to be unfairly difficult, besides these I did enjoy the game but I could only reccommend it to those who are veterans to the genre.

Spoilers? below



















1. Getting into the maze, there is no hint how to get past the faerie, and i discovered the solution on accident
2. Getting through the maze, god you can do the 4x4 puzzle grid, but forcing the player to do color coordination as well?
3. The vine-door puzzle, I could not find information on the wizard anywhere in the game
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Tiberius
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23, 2015
Personal rating: "Acceptable" = 2/5

PROS:
+ nice story
+ atmosphere of an adventure
+ old-school game feel
+ decent voice acting

CONS:
- DOSBox interface
- 10-action menu to go through with each command
- poor level/puzzle design with emphasis on guessing
- rather short game time

Comment:
I will start right away with explaining why I rated the game the way I did. Trying to be fair to old games is hard while balancing both nostalgia value and comparison to current games. The game is not bad but it is not great either. The story is nice with a plot twist in the middle. And the feeling that you are on a quest is there. But the puzzles are not well done at all. Many are just guessing and often you miss an item on the ground because it is just a shade different than the ground itself. Also combining some stuff is hard to figure out. Difficulty and challenge are okay but here it borders on ridiculous sometimes when clicking through combinations of items and the 10-action menu. And even though I failed a lot of the times and I spend hours combining stuff it still only took about 5 hours to finish the game. This is clearly a game for people with a liking to the old-school feel of adventure games and to those I recommend getting it on a sale. To everyone else I advise to pick-up something else.
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NightShadowPT
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8, 2015
Reminicent of Sierra's Kings Quest series, this take on the adventure genre by Microprose is entertaining on its own.

A classic adventure game worth of your attention, money and time.
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Mongong
( 2.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 7, 2015
I grew up playing these games, and I LOVE MicroProse (Master of Orion). If you're a fan of the Sierra type of point and click adventure games (Kings Quest, Police Quest, Liesure Suit Larry, etc) this one will not disappoint. I suggest reading the manual before just diving in. This was made back when games were hard and people loved them, so dont get too frustrated with it.
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mitsubi
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 17, 2014
H!, here is a great quest with well made animation ,artistic voice acting and magic story wich you have to uncover holds a lot of suprizes, it starts a lilttle slow but just to fool you a bit.Dont want to tell you a lot just jump in this world folks, fully recommended. And DoS config now looks cool, but as usual i add - scaler=advmame2x (it set normal2x as default) - for smoother picture, it can be set in dosbox_dragonsphere.conf wich can be found in Dragonsphere \dosbox_windows folder, and in same file i set - output=ddraw (it set overlay as default)- to avoid artifacts.,other settings should be changed only if you have problems, btw post em maybe we can solve em togather.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
32 of 36 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2015
I wouldn't know about you, but I've always been a fan of the old school adventure games with rich stories and ridiculously hard puzzles back in the day. Dragonsphere is an old school point & click adventure, originally developed and published by Microprose in 1994, and carries all qualities of its genre from obscure puzzles to incredibly rich narrative.

We take a quick glimpse on the land of Callahach, a medieval realm with high fantasy elements. 20 years ago, the evil sorcerer Sanwe was defeated and sealed into his own tower by the King, young prince Callash and court wizard, Ner-Tom with the usage of the Dragonsphere. 20 years later, the seal begins to wear off and once again, the realm is threatened by Sanwe's probable release. Prophecies of old call - now King Callash, to finish the battle started 20 years ago. After his coronation, our King decides to take the quest of facing the evil sorcerer and see to his demise once and for all.

Here in the land of Callahach, our fair hero is to embark on a journey to collect aid from neighboring nations in hopes of defeating Sanwe. Callach is to solve faerie riddles, deal with cunning shapeshifters, drink and gamble with the Caliph of Soptus, tread the Spirit Realm, wrestle with beasts of deep realms, avoid deadly traps and even prejudice of his own people. In the end though, the deceit comes from our one blind side, of course, with the addition of one major plot twist.

Without revealing further details of this beautiful, yet short story; let's take a look on what Dragonsphere has to offer. The game hails from the day when we used MS-DOS to play games, and it still uses a DOS BOX, which is both nostalgic and cute in my opinion. If you are in favor of realistic and magnificent graphics, this surely is not it. Yet, with the technology of the given era, Dragonsphere doesn't fail to deliver an elegant and beautiful display, accompanied with surprisingly catchy midi music. The movements of characters, background art and interactive animations do seem like art: pretty and elegant. I'm sure that some people made this game with much time and love spared. Voice acting is a bit hoarse and unimaginative, but script itself makes up for its own.

Gameplay menu presents you a list of actions and an inventory, in which you can combine actions with either items or the environment. Combinations are not always logical, but always imaginative. For everything you look at, you are rewarded with detailed narrative descriptions which enrich the setting greatly. Puzzles are really hard, I won't lie. For the first puzzle of the game - the Faerie Maze - you have to go through a logic puzzle, which did take 3 hours for me to figure out! When I finally figured the correct combination out, I was about to shed tears of joy! Aside this one, you will be encountering movement puzzles, language puzzles and lore puzzles, all obscure, yet imaginative and well thought. There is no replay value at all, but one playthrough is challenging enough.

Dragonsphere is certainly not for everyone. I'll recommend this game for the nostalgic and the one who'd like a real challenge in brain gymnastics only. Also, I have to inform you that the game is free for you to grab in GOG, so you may prefer not to pay for it here on Steam. I, for myself, was happy to lend some financial provision for Microprose, for the old times’ sake.

Please also check out Lady Storyteller's Curator page here - follow for regular updates on reviews for other games!
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77 of 116 people (66%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 17, 2014
H!, here is a great quest with well made animation ,artistic voice acting and magic story wich you have to uncover holds a lot of suprizes, it starts a lilttle slow but just to fool you a bit.Dont want to tell you a lot just jump in this world folks, fully recommended. And DoS config now looks cool, but as usual i add - scaler=advmame2x (it set normal2x as default) - for smoother picture, it can be set in dosbox_dragonsphere.conf wich can be found in Dragonsphere \dosbox_windows folder, and in same file i set - output=ddraw (it set overlay as default)- to avoid artifacts.,other settings should be changed only if you have problems, btw post em maybe we can solve em togather.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 23, 2015
Personal rating: "Acceptable" = 2/5

PROS:
+ nice story
+ atmosphere of an adventure
+ old-school game feel
+ decent voice acting

CONS:
- DOSBox interface
- 10-action menu to go through with each command
- poor level/puzzle design with emphasis on guessing
- rather short game time

Comment:
I will start right away with explaining why I rated the game the way I did. Trying to be fair to old games is hard while balancing both nostalgia value and comparison to current games. The game is not bad but it is not great either. The story is nice with a plot twist in the middle. And the feeling that you are on a quest is there. But the puzzles are not well done at all. Many are just guessing and often you miss an item on the ground because it is just a shade different than the ground itself. Also combining some stuff is hard to figure out. Difficulty and challenge are okay but here it borders on ridiculous sometimes when clicking through combinations of items and the 10-action menu. And even though I failed a lot of the times and I spend hours combining stuff it still only took about 5 hours to finish the game. This is clearly a game for people with a liking to the old-school feel of adventure games and to those I recommend getting it on a sale. To everyone else I advise to pick-up something else.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 7, 2015
I grew up playing these games, and I LOVE MicroProse (Master of Orion). If you're a fan of the Sierra type of point and click adventure games (Kings Quest, Police Quest, Liesure Suit Larry, etc) this one will not disappoint. I suggest reading the manual before just diving in. This was made back when games were hard and people loved them, so dont get too frustrated with it.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 8, 2015
Reminicent of Sierra's Kings Quest series, this take on the adventure genre by Microprose is entertaining on its own.

A classic adventure game worth of your attention, money and time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5, 2015
This may simply be put to my inexperience with the genre, but I found this game difficult and unfair to do without a guide. Specifically there are a handful of puzzles I found to be unfairly difficult, besides these I did enjoy the game but I could only reccommend it to those who are veterans to the genre.

Spoilers? below



















1. Getting into the maze, there is no hint how to get past the faerie, and i discovered the solution on accident
2. Getting through the maze, god you can do the 4x4 puzzle grid, but forcing the player to do color coordination as well?
3. The vine-door puzzle, I could not find information on the wizard anywhere in the game
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 21, 2015
The Good:
+ Quite nice pixel graphics
+ Player-friendly UI
+ Every single item has its description, often witty :)
+ You can die in various interesting ways, and when you do, the game loads you back the the immediate action before it.
+ One of the rare old games where I didn't feel its age particularly took away from the experience

The Bad:
- Abysmal voice-acting
- The plot (at least its beginning) is the blandest "lone royal hero goes on a quest against evil mage" plot ever...
- The fairies are damn annoying, with the voice acting even more so.
- The game is very difficult. I'm quite familiar with the adventure genre, but I got stuck right at the beginning of each of the three plot paths. Having to consult UHS Hints for everything kinda takes the fun out of playing.

Verdict: not an outright 'not recommended', just a kind of 'meh, not really'. Worth taking a look for the graphics, and if you like difficult point & click adventures, but there are other, more enjoyable adventure games nowadays.
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