Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura

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Game Info
Troika Games
Sierra On-Line
Release Date
August 21, 2001 (Calendar)
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Set in a fantasy world approaching the apex of an industrial revolution, you play as the sole survivor of a horrific zepplin crash. Set on a journey to find a mysterious boy spoken of by one of the passengers, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura takes you across a deep fantasy realm rich with life and character. Notable for including an entirely wholly pacifistic or violent playthrough, Arcanum came at the tail end of the cRPG's reign. The first and most successful title from Troika Games, it is nonetheless a landmark title in the genre for the sheer variety of options it presents.

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Welcome to an industrial revolution in a world of magic! Imagine a place of wonder, where magic and technology coexist in an uneasy balance, and an adventurer might just as easily wield a revolver as a flaming sword. A place where great industrial cities house castle keeps and factories, home to Dwarves, Humans, Orcs, and Elves alike. A place of arcane runes and steam-works, of magic and machines, of sorcery and science. Welcome to the land of Arcanum!

In this one-of-a-kind cRPG the world adapts to your decisions! Whether you choose the path of magic or technology, good or evil, characters will react differently to your character. You can finish each quest in many ways – bribing, dueling, negotiating and more! With a huge map, more than 300 unique characters and monsters, plus many different endings to unravel, this game will keep you busy for a long, long time.

- A unique steampunk world designed by the creators of Fallout: Tim Cain, Leonard Boyarsky and Jason Anderson
- A complex stat-driven system that underlies every event taking place within Arcanum
- An entirely non-linear storyline with surprising plot twists