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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Evil Islands : Curse of the lost Soul

This is one of my favorite games. I discovered it by accident about 8 years ago, when i was browsing through my friend's brother's game collection. I must say the game changed my view on modern games.

Evil Islands is a russian RPG that published by Nival Interactive in 2001. While I had found the game in 2001, I played and finished the game throughtly in 2008.

EI uses a 3d engine, which tormented my Geforce 2 machine in 2001. Pretty demanding and goodlooking game for its time. And, with the settings can be maxed with my modern rig, EI still provides lots of beautiful landscapes and such. All the forest, swamp, snow locations are beautifully crafted.

There is a clear distinction between quest areas, and combat areas. You can talk with people, receive new quests, arrange your inventory, and equip new gears only on quest areas. You begin the game as a man who can’t remember about its past. Aldo, story seems a little bit cliche, there are some twists and turns in it. But, dialogs and story are mediocre. Not bad, but don’t expect too much. In combat areas you can explore and fight as the name suggests. You can’t browse through your inventory, change armor, distribute your stats in combat areas, but you can change your weapons at least. It can sounds like an awkward system, but believe me system works like a charm.





Evil Islands uses a tactical combat system similar to Baldur’s Gate. We can pause the game, give commands then unpause, etc. This system was implemented nicely with a few innovations such as stealth system. Stealth, unlike other games, very important in EI. With appropriate skill, and a bit of luck you can creep behind an enemy unnoticed and stabbed him. Successful backstabing means multiple damage. A good blow to the head can even kill an enemy with one strike. Another nice addition is you can determine which limb you strike. Striking to the arms makes enemy’s arms slow and unable to strike, while legs makes them unable to run, and as i mentioned before head means critical hits. These rules also is applied to your characters too. So, wearing a helmet is a must. You can also increase the speed of the game, that can be very useful since sometimes there’re too much combat.





Experience and skill system is cruel. With each skill you choose, the exp points to advance at this skill and others increases. So you must choose wisely between using a sword or an axe. EI is a very difficult game. At normal difficulty this game is way too difficult from most other game’s very difficult setting. And, this is the best part for me.

For only 10 dolar you can buy this little gem from Ebay. So give them it try. 

19 comments:

  1. hm, looks interesting enough to check it out

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  2. Never heard of it. Looks awesome for an 8 year old game ^^

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  3. WILL TRY THIS FUCKING AWESOME GAME.

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  4. Looks really good I might check it out

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  5. 10 dollars is pretty cheap, When I get my new computer I might have to check this out.

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  6. I went on a rampage of old games when I got my new system, wanted to see how many of my old faves I could get to run on linux, and how well they'd perform. I stumbled on a copy of ascendency, which I hadn't played in at least a decade, and got it running with dosbox, a DOS emulator. also got quake1,2,3,4, HL1&2, CS, and (sortof) starcraft 2. it was an interesting weekend. Good post!

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  7. Awesome blog, nice idea for a blog, and nice game you are talking about here, I remember playing that pretty much when I was younger :)

    I remember a youtube channal, in which some guy talks about the history of games, I can't remember the name of it, but I will post it when i remember. Anyway since you are into games you should check out my warcraft 3 blog

    war3replayss.blogspot.com/

    best regards

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  8. Hmm I might try.


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  10. looks good
    maybe ill give it a shot sometimes
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  11. That games looks pretty sweet, the second pic reminds me a bit of WoW, but more of the northern area in Oblivion, or was it the isle in morrowind idk... looks good though

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  12. Haha, oh wow. I think I remeber playing this!

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  13. thanks for the comment, and this game looks pretty cool thanks for finding it :P i might have to buy it :)

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