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If I were to say that Hand of Fate is the best game ever created, I would probably be wrong (taking into account other great titles like the first Quest for Glory, Dragonsphere, and so on). That's why I'm going to say it like this: Hand of Fate is one of the best games ever created.
This excellent game is the sequel to Legend of Kyrandia 1, and the predecessor to Malcom's Revenge. In my opinion, HoF is the best game in the series, although I only played a small part of Legend of Kyrandia 1. But enough of that, as this is a review for HoF and not some other title in the series.
In this second part of the trilogy, you play the part of Zanthia, the youngest of the order of Kyrandia mystics. The story goes like this: Kyrandia is slowly disappearing, with trees vanishing into thin air right before your eyes and things like that. The only way to save the land is to find the anchorstone, located in the centre of the world.
You start the game in your hut, and right away you find out that all of your belongings have been stolen. The hut is trashed, and Zanthia is very upset. The first two things you need to obtain are the cauldron and the recipe book. With these two, you will be able to concoct all sorts of potions, which you will need throughout the game. There are numerous puzzles, many of which are not simple and require some neurons to be used. However, there are also some puzzles which can be solved only by trial and error, simply because you won’t know what you're supposed to do. You're all probably wondering what's so great about this game. Well, where do I start?
Graphics? Stunning! Just look at the screenshots to the right; they're worth a million words. There are also wonderful animations: The game has a short intro movie which describes the desperate situation very well. The music is simply gorgeous, and the sounds are great. Also, the game is extremely fun to play. The game's appearance and humorous dialogues are characteristic of Westwood, so if you haven't played any of their games before, this is an excellent opportunity to do so. I'm sure you won't be disappointed!
Anything else I'm forgetting here? Oh yes, what's the hand doing in the title? Well, the hand helps in some parts of the game. In fact it helps you right at the beginning, by telling you where to get the anchorstone.
Closing thoughts: This is another gem from my favorite computer company, Westwood (before it was bought by EA).
About the game: Legend of Kyrandia 2 uses Trulight technology. This illuminates each scene more cinematically, to give the impression of a fuller, more three-dimensional picture.
About the company: Westwood, one of the most popular software companies of the 90s, was founded in 1985 by Brett W. Sperry and Louis Castle. Their "office" was a garage in Las Vegas.
In order to properly mount this game, you'll need to input the following commands into DOSBox:
mount d: c:/hofcd/cd -t cdrom -label MIKES
mount c: c:/hofcd/
Once you do this, all you have to do is type hofcd.exe, hit enter, and enjoy!