Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Jun 27, 2013
    83
    It’s great to see these two former arcade-exclusive mainstays finally get the restoration they deserve.
  2. Jun 24, 2013
    78
    Nonetheless, flashes of brilliance are in evidence throughout these Dungeons & Dragons adventures, and both games were far enough ahead of their time to hold up to scrutiny. Four friends could have a great time blasting through both games in an extended evening get-together.
  3. Jun 18, 2013
    100
    While both titles will be a short experience if you’re just looking to blow past the initial playthrough, there’s enough content packed in here via replays to make you feel that this is $15 well spent.
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    90
    Whether you played the game back in the day or not, if you were around in the 80's and early 90's, do yourself a favor and check this one out.
  5. Jun 21, 2013
    85
    The greatest beat 'em up games ever made, in sparkling HD.
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    85
    Chronicles of Mystara is worth the purchase for any fans of beautiful sprite-based artwork or classic beat 'em ups. It's only flaws come from the technical limitations of its time and the design decisions that defined the arcade era. Gauntlet, Golden Axe, and Cadash all suffer from similar issues. Thankfully, Shadow Over Mystara trounces them all. It's the king of D&D-themed arcade action games, and should be respected as such.
  7. A surprising, raucous, lovingly updated loot-fest. [Aug 2013, p.93]
  8. Jul 2, 2013
    100
    It’s great fun, a hell of a time, and an excellent way to hold on to a true classic of the arcade circuit.
  9. Jun 24, 2013
    85
    In my opinion this is the best kind of arcade game: long sequences of button mashing and shouting at your friends to “get that guy!” before trying to figure out exactly how the Boss can be beaten.
  10. Jun 18, 2013
    90
    Dungeons & Dragons, a mythical name for fans of the classic pencil and paper RPG. Tower of Doom and Shadow Over Mystara, two cult videogames. Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, the opportunity that we had waited for twenty years. The download of this game is simply inevitable.
  11. Jul 23, 2013
    80
    One of the finest re-releases yet from Iron Galaxy and Capcom. [Issue#233, p.77]
  12. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    This is about as good as an arcade port gets without straying too far away from the original. Shadows of Mystara is a rare gem in the quarter-munching world and they added layers of PSN integration are implemented really well.
  13. Jun 18, 2013
    92
    "Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara" is great fun. Yea, it’s technically two catalog titles coupled for the price of $15, but this release isn’t just the first time these games have been made available for stateside consoles – it’s also the definitive edition of both arcade classics.
  14. This formula may be 20-years-old but Chronicles’ gameplay is still razor sharp and the visuals are oddly endearing. To quote one of its Engrish quest-givers: please investigate into it. [August 2013, p78]
  15. Jun 26, 2013
    70
    Whilst it never thrills, Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara is a perfectly enjoyable experience for those who are looking for a quick blast that doesn’t involve taxing the old grey-matter.
  16. 70
    Chronicles of Mystara won't wow gamers with modern tastes, but it's a competent arcade port that pays due respect while introducing tasteful new features.
  17. Jun 27, 2013
    90
    Iron Galaxy has polished both titles to a contemporary shine. In simple terms, Chronicles of Mystara is the best of the best.
  18. Jun 18, 2013
    80
    Dungeons & Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara brings back two of Capcom’s classic arcade side-scrolling beat-em-ups—and while both indeed show their age, they still have an immense amount of fun and adventure to offer those brave enough to stand up to their challenges.
User Score
6.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 6 out of 11
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    10
    I have greatly enjoyed the D and D series. There is nothing more exhilarating and more satisfying than slapping the living soul out of a Kobold as the Cleric or slashing a goblin as a Warrior. These ganes stick true to the arcade RPG makeup. The game is a near perfect port, and reigns king of the fantasy arcade games. Full Review »
  2. Jun 20, 2013
    8
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    The game is a near perfect port, and reigns king of the fantasy arcade games. Realistic graphics and
    exhaustively. Atmosphere is somber, but surprisingly beautiful. Beautiful and lifelike design world. The top level of the design industry. Including characters created out perfectly. Particularly related to the players, featuring a withdrawal, not more. Full Review »
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    3
    [Played the Steam version, excuse me for posting in the wrong section]
    Took the effort to make an account on metacritic, because I felt
    cheated by the current reviews. I guess most of the reviews of the so-called "critics" are written by fan boys. Although the overlay interface is very well finished I can't see the fun in this outdated side-scrolling beat 'm up. After two hours of playing these are the things that annoy me the most:
    - If one player uses magic, all the others stay locked in place for 2 seconds
    - Item selection is dreadful Magic user have a limited number of [ranged] attacks
    - You can use a slide attack which is annoyingly hard to pull of with my xbox controller, but otherwise there is a very low variety in attacks. Just bash the a-button.
    - You feel like a turtle when playing this game after you enjoyed Castle Crashers

    Summary:
    Pick up a copy of Castle Crashers and don't pay for this dust. If you're bored with CC, look for a copy of Streets of Rage Remake
    Full Review »