Not Dungeon Master. I could tell that from the get-go on playing it.
The bottom part of the screen in Drakkhen is fairly similar to that of the game that I remember, but the facial portraits were smaller, like Doom's, only encompassing the head.
But the game itself was definitely not Drakkhen.
Out of all of the games that have been suggested, Eye of the Beholder is the closest. But I know for a fact, without a doubt in my mind, that it is not the game that I am looking for.
There was no character creation system in the game that I played. There was a huge character select screen. I know that for a fact. Hence why I compared it to the character select screen system of another game that did something similar to it.
The first dungeon area is nothing like the first dungeon area in the game that I remember.
The character images and GUI are on the right of the screen, and (like the issue with Drakkhen) they are too big.
The concept of it being "an obscure homebrew" is absurd, which is why no one has acknowledged that possibility. The closest thing to that is the unlicensed Super Noah's Ark.
That's of what we know of.
Likely, you're combining elements of multiple games in your memory.
That's actually very unlikely, if not impossible. The game that I played was the only
dungeon crawler, and the only
RPG I had for my SNES as a child.
Furthermore, my father, who watched me play games as a kid and has a much keener memory of that time period than I do, confirms most of what I said, including where the character facial portraits were, how they functioned, and what the game over screen looked like.
Instead of expecting people to Google in your stead(Sorry but I had to.)
Well I don't use any Google services, for one.
The other thing too is that, long before I asked this question here, I have looked painstakingly through Wikipedia's list of SNES games trying to find the game in question, even playing parts of the games that I have just played once more here, just to rule certain games out.
The reason I have come to the conclusion that I have is because, no matter how hard I try, even with family help, I simply cannot find the blasted game.
And my thought is: why would a licensed game like the one that I described allude my attention for so long?
It doesn't make sense. It doesn't make sense at all.
And that is what has frustrated me for all of these years.
This list would probably be the best place to start:
Most of the games listed should have screenshots.
I will check this out later. I have actually just barely awoken (I woke up after 14:00, it is now 15:00).
Thank you for the list!