Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance

Published by: FCI
Developed by: U.S. Gold
Genre: Action RPG
Released: 1991

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance (NES)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of the Lance is an NES game based on the first Dragonlance campaign module for the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game, and the first Dragonlance novel: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. The game focuses on the journey of eight heroes through the ruined city of Xak Tsaroth, where they must face the ancient dragon Khisanth and retrieve the relic, Disks of Mishakal.
 
The eight heroes that make up the party are:
Goldmoon, a princess who brandishes the Blue Crystal Staff, an artifact whose powers she seeks to fully understand.
Sturm Brightblade, a powerful and solemn knight.
Caramon Majere, a not-so-bright warrior.
Raistlin Majere, Caramon's brother; a sly and brilliant, but frail, mage.
Tanis Half-Elven, the 'natural leader' of the heroes, and good with a bow.
Tasslehoff Burrfoot, a kender pickpocket. He fights with a sling weapon known as a hoopak.
Riverwind, Goldmoon's betrothed. He is a noble and wise warrior.
Flint Fireforge, a grizzled dwarven warrior.
 
Heroes of the Lance was a unique role-playing experience in that it focused on side-scrolling action instead of the typical D&D first person dungeon crawling type game. The game allows the player to switch between it's heroes as it explores the maze like dungeon. Each character has different stats, types of attacks and spells.
 
The dungeon includes 10 different types of monsters including: Baaz, Bozak, Troll, Wraith, Minion, Aghar1, Aghar2, Men, Spider, and Dragons.
 
The dungeon is divided into 3 areas before the final battle against Khisanth.
 
Two video games sequels were created for computer systems, Dragons of Flame was released for the Famicom in Japan but not the NES and Shadow Sorcerer which was not released for consoles.

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Controls

D-Pad Left and Right:
Move left and right, hold to run. Move cursor in menus.

D-Pad Up:
Long Jump while running. Enter doorways. Move cursor in menus.

D-Pad Down:
Enter doorways. Move cursor in menus.

A:
Long Jump while running. Select options in menu.

B:
Standard attack during combat. Cancel options in menu.

D-Pad Up + A:
Jump.

D-Pad Down + A:
Crouch.

D-Pad Up and Forward + B:
High attack.

D-Pad Down and Forward + B:
Low attack.

Select:
Exit menu.

Start:
Not used.