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Might and Magic Book One: Secret of the Inner Sanctum

Might and Magic Book One: The Secret of the Inner Sanctum is a classic first-person role-playing video game (RPG) released in 1986 for DOS and other platforms. It was developed and published by New World Computing and designed by Jon Van Caneghem. This game is considered one of the pioneers of the RPG genre.
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Main executable game file: mam1/mm.exe.

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Might and Magic Book One: Secret of the Inner Sanctum review

Might and Magic Book One is a first-person, turn-based RPG. Players create a party of up to six characters, choosing from various races (humans, elves, dwarves, etc.) and classes (knights, sorcerers, thieves, etc.). Each character has its own unique attributes and abilities. The game world is presented in a grid-based, tile-mapped view, and players navigate through dungeons and overworld areas.

The game is set in the fictional world of Varn, where the evil wizard Sheltem has stolen a powerful artifact called the "Coronatia." Your party's mission is to track down Sheltem and recover the Coronatia while uncovering various secrets and mysteries along the way. The game's title, "The Secret of the Inner Sanctum," refers to the central quest of discovering the truth behind Sheltem's actions.

Might and Magic Book One is known for its extensive and interconnected world. Players explore towns, dungeons, and wilderness areas, encountering NPCs, monsters, and various puzzles. The game encourages thorough exploration, as hidden items, clues, and side quests are scattered throughout the world.
As your characters gain experience points, they level up, become more powerful, and acquire new spells and abilities. The game offers a wide range of spells and skills, allowing players to customize their characters to suit their preferred playstyle.

Might and Magic Book One was the start of a long-running and successful RPG series. It laid the foundation for the subsequent games in the Might and Magic franchise, which became known for their expansive worlds, complex character development systems, and engaging storytelling.
Overall, Might and Magic Book One is regarded as a classic RPG that introduced many elements now common in the genre. It is remembered fondly by fans of retro gaming and is an important part of the history of computer RPGs.


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Additional info about Might and Magic Book One: Secret of the Inner Sanctum

Status: abandonware

Input: keyboard

Distributed on: 3,5 floppy disk, 5,25 floppy disk

Also published for: Apple II, C64, MSX, NES

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  • Alexia Crane - 06/08/2020 09:04
    rhett jankowski use dosbox
  • rhett jankowski - 23/07/2020 23:38
    Is there any way to get this to run on a modern day computer? I tried to download this game and I am unable to run it.
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