Rings of Power (video game)

Infobox VG
title = Rings of Power

developer = Naughty Dog
publisher = Electronic Arts
released = 1991
genre = Console role-playing game
modes = Single player
platforms = Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
media = cartridge
input = gamepad

"Rings of Power" is an isometric console role-playing game released on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in 1991. The game was developed by Naughty Dog and published by Electronic Arts. The player takes on the role of a young sorcerer whose quest is to collect 11 Rings of Power and use them to remake the Rod of Creation to defeat the evil god, Void, and bring about the fabled Golden Age.
The story was greatly inspired by the works of J. R. R. Tolkien.

Background story

A great battle was fought between the holy Nexus and the demonic Void — who battled over the Rod of Creation, which created the world of Ushka Bau. Their battle was so immense, the rod broke into two pieces, and both gods fled with half. This then took the form of eleven rings.

These rings were then entrusted to representatives of each of the six classes. All of the rings have been lost, and the story of the rings has turned to a legend. Master Thalmus has requested the presence of a young sorcerer named Buc, his most promising of students. You must attempt the quest of finding the rings, restoring the Rod of Creation, and destroying the evil Void once and for all.


Unlike most console role-playing games of the time such as "Final Fantasy" and "Dragon Quest", "Rings of Power" has a style that shared many similarities to PC role-playing games such as "Dungeon Master", "Wizardry", and "A Bard's Tale". The game is very open ended, contains hundreds of non player characters with many different dialog choices, and dozens of quests and random events. Practically every location is available from very early in the game.

Due to the fact that the ingame map did not have any locations marked and there was no quest journal, many players criticized the game's difficulty as the goal of the game was achieved through careful attention to detail and constant exploration.

There was a glossy paper map sold separately from the game itself that aided in game play.

External links

* [http://www.ringsofpower.co.uk/ Rings Of Power Fansite]

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