Capcom is releasing a two-pack of the classic Dungeons & Dragons arcade titles, Tower of Doom and Shadows Over Mystara, as Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles Of Mystara. It’s a remastered version, although as you can see from the screenshots, the modernization has taken place in the gameplay, not so much the graphics. They’ve gone decidedly old-school here, embracing every pixel of the original. You can adjust the views as you see fit, either with a frame or filling the screen, but the best one I thought was probably the one where you can make it look like the arcade cabinet and add scan lines to the game screen so it looks authentic enough you’ll want to put quarters on the edge of your TV.
They’ve added what they’re calling “House Rules,” which let you adjust the game settings to suit your mood. Either make weapons and items unbreakable, have enemies drop lots of gold, or whatnot. You also earn Vault Points by completing specific tasks while playing the game, like achievements. These points can be used to unlock treasures in the vault like new House Rules as well as fan service like concept art and original flyers for the games. If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll love it. There’s also four-player co-op gameplay both on- and off-line, and it’s drop-in/drop-out, so you don’t have to worry about losing your progress.
I played some of it, and it’s pretty much the side-scrolling beat-em-up you remember. Of course, with the added benefit of not having to waste a ton of quarters every time you want to continue. Well, unless you want to set the House Rules so that you only get the one life. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles Of Mystara is due out in June as a downloadable title for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC at a price of $14.99.