A video game adaptation of the Temple of Elemental Evil
adventure module for Dungeons & Dragons
. The game was developed by Troika Games
and released in 2003.
Although buggy upon release (even by Troika's usual standards), the game received some praise, mainly for its relatively faithful adaption of the Dungeons & Dragons
3.5e combat rules, and has since developed a strong cult following
, with fanmade patches fixing the most problematic bugs.
Tropes exclusive to Troika's adaptation include:
- Arbitrary Headcount Limit: You can only have up to 5 PCs and only have a maximum of 3 NPCs with you at any one time. The Circle of Eight mod allows you to replace the NPC slots with PC slots, allowing a party of up to eight PCs but you cannot go beyond this limit.
- Bi the Way: Depending on where you first speak to him, Bertram will either be interested in a male or female player character.
- Dialogue Tree
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In addition to the above, if you "kill" Iuz it affects the ending
- Fan Sequel: Just one of Circle of Eight's many ambitious projects is to make hacks for other modules.
- Gay Option: You have the option of developing a relationship with Bertram.
- Hopeless Boss Fight: While not impossible, Iuz is extremely difficult for most parties to even think about beating.
- Joke Character: Ted, Ed and Ed.
- Modular Epilogue
- Multiple Endings: It's a Troika title.
- Obvious Beta: It's a Troika title.
- Roboteching: Magic Missile.
- Romance Sidequest: There are a few romance options in the game, including several NPCs who won't join your party. Of the joinable members there are 3 who can be romanced and your character may even get married to them. There are more options for male characters.
- Save Scumming: Doing the same thing keeps the results the same, but doing it slightly differently (say, attacking from the left instead of the right) will get a new result.
- Time Limit: If you do decide to fight Iuz, you have only a short time to do so before he is teleported away.
- Title Confusion: The subtitle "A classic Greyhawk Adventure" appears on the cover/disc, the first patch's installer and copyright screen, but is absent on the installer, title screen and the 2nd patch's installer. Interestingly the "the" at the start of the title (see up) is always present.
- Wedlock Block: Melanie's father will only let her get married to the player character if her older sister marries first, and if he thinks the character is sincere enough.
- Wretched Hive: Nulb.