I chose to play the PC version because it is easier and faster to play than the Amiga version, even though the music is vastly inferior. I had some trouble to get it to start first in DosBox but after some searching around I found out that you have to change the IRQ for your soundcard (Soundblaster) from 7 to 5. Then it works flawlessly.
Just a few hex in front of you are three bandits. I think I died three times trying to confront them with my short sword.
|This is what meets your eye in the start, three baddies in front of you
I choose other directions on the island and made it to some sort of swamp. Unfortunately I was attacked by goblins that lurked there and soon I was dead again. I found some mushrooms and thought some of them might restore my health but they turned out posionous and I died again. Puh! Trial and Error anyone ?
|This one will not stare at me again
Reloading once again, I thought that perhaps I am to fight the bandits in the beginning after all so I attacked them one at a time and managed to kill the first two and still had around 70% of my health left. Unfortunately the third one - hovering over a corpse he recently killed - turned out to be really difficult. I think I tried to kill him for five times before I gave up. Surely this cannot be the way it is meant to be. I reloaded prior to meeting the third bandit and explored the island once again.
This time I was more lucky because I found a village. Now this is what I am supposed to visit first I thought. Here I could recruit companions and then we would be able to defeat the last bandit amongst other things. I first found the village chief, Gordbnoeuf, but he didn´t tell me anything useful so I continued to look through the village.
|These entrances holds the real places of interest in the village
|The map of Irvan´s Island is cluttered with terrain but helps you in your general direction
|She will not have died in vain, I took her pendant
Now there where only one more place I knew of which were special and that was the old man I found during my initial explorations of the island. I found him far to the east and for 10.000 gold he offered me something. Eager to try it, I saved and gave him the gold he asked for. His only response was to say "Launch your eagle, it will travel for you". I stood dumbfounded. Was this all ? I didn´t gain any item or spell or anything more than these words. Quickly I reloaded and decided this was not the best investment for my gold for the time being.
|He talks about rates but nothing of what he delivers
While exploring the swamp on the eastern side of the island I found a really tough swamp creature using two swords at once. I was unable to beat him despite that I retreated to let my mage heal us up. I ran out of magic points and was eventually killed. He and the Golem are now my unsolved remaining mysteries.
I returned to the village. This time I was inclined to recruit a mage with offensive spells. I found one that had fireball and recruited him to my group. This was just a test so I returned to the swamp creature and attacked him like before, but this time my mage hurled fireballs at him. I could not defeat him even then, so my next try was to reload and this time recruit an archer instead. I bought a bow and arrows for over 3.000 gold. Pretty much money. Now, this monster must die at my hands or is it intended that I should come back here later in the game ?
I attacked the swamp creature again, but this time with an archer. If you are lucky the creature won´t follow you if you retreat and that happened to me. I could shoot arrows at him at a distance and he wouldn´t even try to come close. In that way, after 40 arrows and a few melee attacks, he was dead, leaving a necklace to be found. I didn´t know really what to do next except to return back to the village because this swamp creature had at least 10.000 gold and I needed to buy more arrows. Before returning to the village though, I stopped by the small harbour again but nothing was new there so I continued.
In the village I bought more arrows and then returned to the lord. He just sat there but I tried to give him the necklace and then things started to happen. As a reward he gave me the only boat that exists on this island. Great!
|My only escape from the island was to give the necklace
I took the boat and was ready for whatever the adventure would take me....