I have been wracking my brains trying to remember the name of a CRPG from what must be either the late 80's or early 90's. I don't have a screenshot or anything but maybe my description will jog someones mind.

The game was normally played in a pretty much 2d eagles eye view except for combat sequences which would have the characters seen sort of sideways. The player had a party of 4-6 characters of which I think 4 were player made and 2 could be hired from different guilds. While not in combat a single character was visible whereas in combat all characters could be moved.

The game was graphically slightly similar to castle of the winds using tiles to visualize everything and was turn based both in combat and out if I remember correctly. The dungeons were preset but either most encounters or at least most loot was randomly generated.

I'm also almost certain it was shareware. Any chance anyone can put a name to this description? I realize this doesn't meet the game identification tag standard, but given that if I could find a screenshot I would almost certainly be also able to find the game I figured I'd give the question a shot.

I've spent roughly an hour Googling for the game before posting and I managed to find this screenshot:

Screenshot of game.

What is the game?

  • Wow, first time I got to vote to reopen a game identification question. Thank you for adding the screenshot! – Mage Xy Feb 21 '17 at 22:02
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    If you found the game with the screenshot, then this is no longer a question. It should never have been reopened. – Frank Feb 21 '17 at 22:22
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    @frank Why? Isn't the point of this site information sharing? Sure once you get the screenshot it's easyish to figure out the game. But I would so have wanted someone to have asked the question with the screenshot in the first place so I could just search on google for "crpg 1990's 2d shareware" and found it instead of spending 1+ hours trawling through random rpg game images. To be perfectly honest I don't understand the standard Arqade has for game identification questions. SF has book identification questions with less info and there's certainly more books than games. – DRF Feb 21 '17 at 22:25
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    Because memory is inherently fallible, and such questions are answerable by only one person: the asker. No one else knows what the right answer is, so how can you objectively vote on such questions? It's a popularity contest. When you remove memory and require an objective artifact, now you have a way to measure answers. That objectivity is key. – Frank Feb 21 '17 at 22:32
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    Castle of the Winds Wow, what a return to my childhood. – msg45f Mar 14 '17 at 7:52

A reverse image search comes up with the game The Aethra Chronicles, which appears to match the screenshot.

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