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                           Distant Lands Preview
                    By Greg George,

Thanks again go to Songbird Productions and Chris Vick for working on something
Lynx gamers have been screaming for: A Role Playing Game!

Distant Lands will be the first true RPG on the Lynx. Considering how Towers II
was the first RPG on the Jaguar, I'm guessing that  Atari didn't really believe
RPGs would sell on their systems. Well, now is your chance to prove Atari wrong
once and for all!

Distant Lands is originally slated for a Summer 2001 release. This epic fantasy
quest  casts  you as the heroic adventurer commissioned to save a  kingdom from
destruction. You will meet fascinating characters  and battle terrible monsters
in real time and collect weapons and riches on your journey.

These most  recent  screenshots, provided  by  Songbird, showcase  some  of the
latest  development  in this  game. The  first  shot gives  you a taste  of how
conversations will be conducted. No doubt, there will be more than just the Yes
or No answers when meeting other characters. I'm eager to see what predicaments
the character can get into by choosing the wrong reply!

The second screen shot shows a display of your inventory. This player has just
selected the diamond. What will they be  doing with that  diamond is  anyone's
guess. Trade it  for a new  broadsword perhaps? In all of the screen shots you
will also notice the health meter on  the left and the "SEE" and "SPEAK" icons
just below.

The last shot shows how the  character interacts with  the environment. Notice
how he is partially obscured by the structure? Some great coding work has gone
into this game and it will no doubt be a very polished effort for the Lynx.

If you're a Lynx gamer who always wanted a copy of Guardians: Storm Over Doria,
you may want to consider picking up  Distant Lands. It's looking more and more
like a must-have game for the Lynx.

Title: Distant Lands
By: Chris Vick / Songbird
For: Lynx
Type: RPG

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