Today’s deal is Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara!
If you would have told any of us even 10 years ago that Dungeons and Dragons would be where it is in the public consciousness right now, you probably would have been laughed all the way to the booby hatch. Nerds never win! There’s no way that comics and video games and tabletop RPG’s are going to be the primary forms of entertainment and that the very same people who used to bully you for liking wizards are now into all the same stuff! And yet, here we are.
But what if you’re tired of all that tabletop business with all its fancy numbers and charts? Sure you love the concept of Dungeons and Dragons, I mean, who wouldn’t after watching the kids in Stranger Things tear it up with their D20’s? Nerds are still good at math, but that doesn’t mean everyone else has the patience for it, right? Well, never fear because here, today, on Chrono.gg, we’ve got a little something we like to call “the best of both worlds”. No, it’s not a mermaid or an archaeopteryx, it’s Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara.
You want to play Dungeons and Dragons but you don’t wanna fill out a character sheet? Mystara. You love all the classes and heroes but you hate thinking tactically and taking things step by step? Mystara. Your parents were killed by a bunch of giant dice that accidentally rolled them over? Mystara. A perfectly legitimate Dungeons and Dragons experience that’s set in the universe and reveres the source material, still allows multiple plays, and has graphics so your imagination doesn’t get too tired? That’s right, you guessed it: Mystara.
The official trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara:
Our favorite Steam reviews:
Two of the best arcade beat-em-ups ever made in one package, complete with online play. Honestly a no brainer, pick this up. Shadow over Mystara is regarded as the finest 2D beat em up ever made and offers a level of depth no other beat-em-up offered at the time. Its games like these that ensured Capcom narrowly beat Konami as king of the genre.
I absolutely love these games. My friends and I would spend quarter after quarter and hour after hour playing these in the arcade in the '90s, when we would all pile into a car and head out to the nearest arcades, an hour drive away from our dingy little town, for a day-long excursion of buying comic books, D&D rulebooks, and playing video games in a crowded arcade. Kids today are missing a really great social experience without video arcades. I have been playing Dungeons & Dragons for 28 years, and finding an actual D&D arcade game back in the day was something like a pleasant shock (especially being set in the little-known Known World/Mystara campaign setting of Basic D&D.) Finding that it was a GREAT arcade game was even more of a pleasant shock, with side-scrolling multiplayer beat’em up gameplay akin to games like Golden Axe and Streets of Rage, only better and much deeper, with the ability to cycle through and select spells, and being able to find and use magic items straight from the actual tabletop roleplaying game… it was all just a total treat, and when the sequel came out it was even more of the same goodness Now with this version I can do it all again at home, and have just as much fun with the game without needing to spend all the quarters! (I do still miss the experience of an actual, but having the game right at home has its own joys.)
My friends and I have spent afternoons sitting on the couch having just as much fun playing as we ever did back then, and with this version of the games I’ve been able to discover so many secrets buried in these games that I never even knew existed back then. I heartily reccommend this game to any fan of Dungeons & Dragons, of side-scrolling beat’em ups, or both… these are two of the best classic arcade games of that era.
As always, use this thread to discuss this deal, talk about the game and find other people to play with!