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An Everyday Tale of a Seeker of Gold

by John Wilson and Sean Doran

Tolkienesque/Satire
1986

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About the Story

Accompany BULBO on his quest for the fabled treasure of the mighty Dragon SMOG.

On this "epic" journey you may encounter such famed travellers as "Grand Alf" & "The Dwarves", not to mention the notorious & sometimes hungry "Trolls". You will need to cross rivers, climb mountains and do battle with untold enemies but it will all be worth it in the end!!!


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Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Former commercial
Development System: The Quill / Adventuron
Baf's Guide ID: 2483
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 0m7i2grmwbyrcv5m

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Decent "homegrown" first effort from 1986, December 19, 2020
by Denk
Related reviews: The Quill, Adventuron, DAAD

(browser version - port made with Adventuron)
This is a fun little spoof of The Hobbit with some nice puzzles and humour. Some of the puzzles are "pun-based". However, the "genre" 'homegrown British text adventures from the 80s' is to some extend something you need to learn how to play, just as you need to learn how to play parser games in general. To some extend you need to be more accurate about which verbs you apply in these homegrown games from the 80s. Still, some verbs and phrases became a sort of standard within that "genre". Also, do not expect a lot of feedback if you try an incorrect command. You will never know if a verb is accepted by the game unless you find that it works.

Add to this, that this was the author's first effort (though the browser port I played was first made in 2018), you must expect a few guess-the-verb/phrase issues here and there. However, there is a sort of indirect limited "hint system" in the game, though it is not clear if it is intended to be used or only if you are really stuck. I used it whenever I could, and still, I needed to consult a walkthrough a few times.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this quite a lot. If you are unfamiliar with British homegrown text adventures from the 80s, I propose that you see it as a learning curve. If you are stuck for a longer time, don't hesitate to consult a walkthrough. You will learn as you go along and you will get the hang of the style and probably solve most puzzles by yourself anyway.


1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A rather humorous stroll through a familiar landscape., May 29, 2014
by LaFey (Porto, Portugal)

Well written and humorous. Of course will be fighting the parser at times (vanilla Quill?) - but if you remember to strip your action to the bare basics you'll get by to "Smog" unscathed without too much hassle. Oh, there and back again, for there is a chest in your burrow that needs filling. Remember to use "RAM SAVE" and "RAM LOAD".

A regard to the author, owner of the fabled Zenobi software company which managed to publish a fine number of good IF far well into the late nineties. So all hail the Balrog, the Cat and the Cockroach.


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