Back in 1997 after the release of Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, Blizzard Entertainment started working on its first point and click adventure game known as Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans.
The game was out-sourced to an american company called Animation Magic, who created over twenty-two minutes of fully animated sequences, along with the games artwork, engine and sound effects. Blizzard worked on the designs, the world backgrounds, storyline and sound recording, but unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be. Just after a year of development, it was decided that Warcraft Adventures would be cancelled. Rumours started putting the cancellation down to the deterioration of the adventure game genre in 1997, but Blizzard said in a press release that it was about quality.
Little bits and pieces of Warcraft Adventures have been leaked on YouTube over the years, but during the weekend something special happened. Abandonia’s 'Reidorr' has released a playable pre-release version to give fans a chance to experience the game for themselves.
Thrall, who is now one of the most popular and iconic characters from Warcraft's lore, was originally meant to make his debut in this game (His debut came with Warcraft 3). In Warcraft Adventures Thrall is a prisoner that's been raised by a human, Lord Blackmoore. Blackmoore is using Thrall as a spy, but when he refuses to betray his race, Blackmoore sends out an order to have him executed.
Thrall manages to escape and returns to the Horde, where he must reunite the clans to fight against the Alliance and enact revenge against Blackmoore.
Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans can be downloaded. Enjoy!