Blizzard’s Diablo spawned many games that tried to imitate its style and gameplay, and Click Entertainment’s action-RPG Throne of Darkness is one of the more interesting attempts.
The story takes place in the land of Yamato, a medieval version of Japan that is thrown into chaos when a shogun wants to become immortal and therefore turns into an evil Warlord, with only a group of samurai standing against him and his monster legion. So far so fantasy, even if the Eastern influence sets it apart from Blizzard’s take.
The graphics with the isometric viewpoint, lots of blood spilling, and magic spells effects further give the impression to play Diablo in another timeline, although the production values for cutscenes (and voice acting) aren’t as high. Still, it looks quite good after all these years, considering that it’s a game from 2001. Gameplay-wise there are also a few interesting tweaks to the hack-and-slash click-and-die formula, as one controls up to four warriors. But unlike turn-based strategy affairs, one switches on the fly, although not all the time, depending on the levels. It sounds a bit hectic, but again this is another aspect to differentiate it from other games of its ilk.
The game is now out on GOG exclusively, so get your DRM-free version and relive the g(l)ory past of looting, killing lots of monsters, and leveling up in the process.
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