The thing about getting older is that each new birthday gets better and better – There is less to no cake and only few people remember it! That is, after you “gently” remind them with a leaking bucket, full of sarcasm regarding your age, flying towards their faces. Twenty- Five is by all means the age where you are supposed to get all serious about video games, since as we all know, they are a key element for a successful future where you get all the money and sex in the UNIVERSE! With “Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans”, I’ll be starting the new volume [Gran _-‘D], which will cover lots of different titles, with an aim towards the more popular once, all and all with the ultimate goal of having it as a home place for the 1000- 1001 title!
Anyways, on to the actual “Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans” content…
My first introduction to this game happened at a friend’s place, when we booted a “StarCraft” CD. [CD stands for COMPACT DISK!] There was a trailer on it for the game, which was represented by a fairly intriguing animation movie. Me and my friend were quite curious about all the unknown characters and moreover, we were wondering about what the actual gameplay is like. At that point, we’ve seen all the games from the “Warcraft” series, apart from this one. Thus, to make things easier on our minds, we just assumed that its just another RTS. At that time, our biggest priority was to just play and have good time with “StarCraft”, really! Still, from that day on, that animated trailer got stuck into my head. For more than a decade, I’ve remembered the lines and scenes from it. Finally, not a long while ago, I’ve seen a person mentioning the game and I got answers to all my questions from the past. “Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans” was a cancelled adventure game! My excitement was all over the place, by which I mean that I ate a pork chop.
Luckily, at that time, someone was also kind enough to leak the game itself. In less than thirty minutes, I’ve managed to get my hands on it, fix a thing or two to make it easier for a screen capture and there I am watching and listening to every single bit of it in anticipation.
I would say, the animation in the game feels a bit quirky. I was quite surprised, but also happy to see various characters that I’ve seen only in “Warcraft III”, like Thrall, Gazlowe, Drek’Thar, Nazgrel, Bork’Throrp, Farnir, Michelangelo and Ooo’ Klucky! Yes, who can forget about good ol’ Ooo’ Klucky, the half- orc – half- robot- chicken with his tendency to suicide by self- destruct, causing a tremendous massive explosion. Alas, all his attempts to achieve that usually end up in vain…
Various bugs and missing voice lines are presented in the game, but given its current status, it is to be expected. We’ll just have to wait for the release of the Blizzard PC mini classics, where hopefully, our purchased machine won’t be colored in shit- black or tender yellow- green vomit nuance!
Overall, the game is pretty entertaining and the “adventure” title suits it well in terms of abstraction. Thrall’s quest to unite the orcish clans takes him to various different places and puts him in many interesting situations, like stealing a gryphon’s egg, escaping from the belly of a dragon after being swallowed, ransacking an ancient crypt and so on! Characters with unique personalities and fairly easy puzzles might just be your thing, especially if you are new to adventure games as a whole! That’s the thing about this game, isn’t it? There aren’t all that many options regarding the puzzles that must be solved, so you are bound to find a solution in no time! No bullshit, no butterflies causing rain clouds in another time and space! Just orcs having trouble dealing with strong alcohol! In the end, as a kid from the 90s, I truly enjoyed the nostalgic feeling that the game gave me. I truly regret the fact that “Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans” was never released. I wonder what kind of impact would it have had on me, if I played it as a child?