is one of the first Dungeon Crawling
video games, written in 1974-75 by Gary Whisenhunt and Ray Wood for the PLATO Network
and based, as its title says, on Dungeons & Dragons
. It was the first video game to use bosses
as well as the Ur Example
of the genre that would later be known as Roguelikes
You create a character, by rolling the dice
on five stats and choosing a class
. Then you enter the Whisenwood Dungeon in search of Plunder
and the Orb
Being the PLATO Network, the game has graphics, and uses a Three-Quarters View
similar to the dungeons of The Legend of Zelda
, with the walls in top view, and your character in front view. You explore the dungeon, fighting monsters and collecting treasure. At the end of each level is a Mini-Boss
guarding a teleporter to the next level.
You can leave the dungeon to rest, and use your treasure to buy items from a weapons shop and a magic shop. On your way back in, the teleporters let you skip completed levels.
At the end of the last level is the Final Boss
, the Golden Dragon, who guards the Orb.
Later versions added more dungeons, a Grail to collect in addition to the Orb, and more monsters and items.dnd
inspired several more PLATO games, including Avatar
dnd provides examples of: