Back in the magical age of 1990's, when Internet was just coming and adventure games were still the biggest game genre around, Blizzard, the developer of Warcraft RTS games, decided to turn their cliched fantasy series towards other genres as well. In this case the other genre being an adventure game.
Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans was a game never released. It was almost completed, but because of development issues it was postponed from its original 1997 release date to 1998, after which Blizzard just lost their confidence to it and decided to cut their losses and shelve it. Despite the game already had most of the locations, animations and voice work done, it was still seen as a risky project as in the end they would have needed to rework it quite a bit because of script and puzzle issues.
|Thrall's first task is pretty evident.|
Before the giants like Sierra and Lucasarts stopped making adventures they tried to modernize the genre by making the puzzles more logical and games themselves revolve more and more around the plot. In contrast to that Lord of the Clans is pretty old school in style. Some of the puzzles are illogical, many require you to run around the locations, trying to loot everything in sight. Granted, most of the puzzles are pretty easy even with all the running around, but as such it doesn't translate into good game play, especially when you lug around items like a rotting mouse corpse because you need it in the end of the game.
So, to answer to my previous questions are these: Lord of the Clans is not a great game, not by a long shot. It's poorly written, relatively cliched point and click adventure. The state it is in would have made it nothing more but a mediocre release even back in the day. It could have been a good game had it been completely re-written. It is, however, an intriguing piece of gaming history, an almost completed game never officially published.
As I stated previously, the leak has not been sanctioned by Blizzard or any Warcraft rights holder, so downloading the game isn't strictly legal. That's why I'm not going to provide any links to it, so if you want it, you need to search for it yourself.
|The pinup poster on the door tells all you need to know about the style of comedy in this one.|