Download

Steam
for Windows, Mac, and Linux
App Store
for iPhone, iPad, iPod
Google Play Store
for Android

Have you played this game?

You can rate this game, record that you've played it, or put it on your wish list after you log in.

Playlists and Wishlists

RSS Feeds

New member reviews
Updates to downloadable files
All updates to this page

Pendragon Rising

by Ian Thomas

Fantasy
2015

Web Site

(based on 3 ratings)
1 review

About the Story

Seize the throne in the age of King Arthur! Lead an army of Britons against the darkest of enemies in this epic interactive medieval fantasy novel.

"Pendragon Rising" is a thrilling 112,000-word interactive novel by Ian Thomas, where your choices control the story. It's entirely text-based--without graphics or sound effects--and fueled by the vast, unstoppable power of your imagination.

As the bastard offspring of the aging ruler Pendragon, you’ll fight to save Britain from a demon-tainted enemy and claim the crown you deserve. Command an army as Arthur, brave son of Uther, or Arta, fearless daughter of Utta.

Charge heroically to the front of battle, or use tricks to defeat your foes. Dally with your childhood companion, or seek romance elsewhere. Hold the line with your closest friends against foreign invaders and their sinister magics. Find friendship, forge alliances, uncover plots, and triumph over creatures of nightmare to win a future for your people and your kingdom.

Will you be mercenary or merciful? Seductive or solitary? Most importantly, can you lead your allies to drive back the darkness, and seize your place as Pendragon of Britain?

• A 112,000-word fantasy set in medieval Britain.
• A Celtic take on the story of King Arthur against a dark background of war and strange magics.
• Play as male or female, gay or straight.
• Win over allies to swell the ranks of your army as you fight for the future of the kingdom.
• Earn the acclaim of your people by performing heroic deeds that will turn your name into legend.
• Claim your place as an unmatched warrior, a silver-tongued diplomat, or an inspirational leader.


Game Details

Language: English (en)
First Publication Date: December 4, 2015
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: ChoiceScript
IFID: Unknown
TUID: it1qp1kem5a8c8l

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)

(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(1)
4 star:
(1)
3 star:
(0)
2 star:
(1)
1 star:
(0)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 1
Write a review


2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
A Celtic-centered retelling of the legend of King Arthur, August 7, 2020
by MathBrush
Related reviews: about 1 hour

This story had me in the beginning and slowly lost me over time. I was pleased with the overall result, but it didn't have staying power for me.

To begin with, this game was all the Arthurian characters, but with Welsh names, like Bedwyr for Bedivere and Emrys for Merlin.

Also, for the first half of the game, it seems like a non-fantasy, more realistic version of King Arthur, with Merlin being basically just a Roman-educated scholar and troublemaker and the Sword in the Stone just being a symbolic trophy laid on a table.

It offers you romance early on, and has some good stat variability (I put all my stats in Violence, Bravado, and Christianity/Rome).

But all of that changes in the later part of the game. I encountered only a few romance options, and the realism took a sharp left turn into (Spoiler - click to show)wolf-demons and spirits, and somehow all of my stats got cancelled out into one big neutral mess, all almost exactly in the middle. I've never had that happen in a Choicescript game before; I'm certain it was from my own actions, but it was very odd.

The game has a lot of good features, such as the distinctive Celtic feel and a habit of doing omniscient narrator sections in italics.

I received a review copy of this game.


If you enjoyed Pendragon Rising...

Related Games

People who like Pendragon Rising also gave high ratings to these games:

Each-uisge, by Jac Colvin
Average member rating: (11 ratings)
There is an old adage: When you hear hoofbeats, think horses. However that particular piece of advice does not always hold true.

The Moonlit Tower, by Yoon Ha Lee
Average member rating: (56 ratings)

Creatures Such As We, by Lynnea Glasser
Average member rating: (83 ratings)
A dating sim about how humanity connects through art, even out in the vastness of space.

Suggest a game




This is version 1 of this page, edited by Dan Fabulich on 18 December 2015 at 12:45pm. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item