Eric the Unready

by Bob Bates

Fantasy / Humor
1993

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
Eric the ultimately unsatisfactory, February 6, 2022
by Rovarsson (Belgium)
Related reviews: Fantasy, Comedy

The Legend game Eric the Unready takes the damsel-in-distress trope and uses it as a framework for a grand tour of wacky silliness and over-the-top parody.

The "chapters" of the story are implemented as stand-alone mini-adventures. Each of these is completely self-contained. The biggest of them has eight locations, and none of the puzzles is especially challenging (except for unintentional reasons, see below...)

The strongest point of Eric the Unready is certainly the humour. The constant barrage of slapstick, parody and some of the most groanworthy puns I ever heard kept me chuckling all the way through. Be that as it may, there still is such a thing as too much of a good thing. It seems as if every joke that sounded even remotely funny upon first thinking of it was included in the game. So there are a lot of just plain bad jokes in there.
A particular example of something that didn't work for me is the almost verbatim incorporation of a Monty Python scene. A television sketch works on facial expressions, tone of voice and, most importantly, tempo and rhythm. In translating this scene to IF, so much is lost that what is left feels pathetically uninspired.

The division of the overarching story into separate stand-alone bits makes it an extremely linear game. I don't really mind this, but I would have appreciated a bit more narrative tension as you progress to the later chapters. As it stands, the final chapter is no more serious or exciting than the introduction.

Although the puzzles can be rated as easy, I found that they are sometimes harder than (I suppose) intended. The utter silliness often stands in the way of logical cause-and-effect thinking, leading to a strategy of let's-try-anything-on-everything.

A very funny game, but not a very good one.


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
I LOL'd., June 9, 2021

Available on GOG for around 5 € when not on sale, including manual and hintbook. A steal!

The player is the worst knight in the kingdom and everybody knows it. Still, he's being entrusted with a prestiguous knight job, the mother of all knight jobs to be precise: Princess Lorealle the Worthy, daughter of highly ramshackle king Fudd the Bewildered and heir to the throne after his death (which is expected to occur asap) has vanished. If she doesn't show up again, her step sister Grizelda the Hefty, daughter of Queen Morgana from a past marriage, will become queen after Fudd's death. At this stage, attentive readers will already know what's behind Lorealle's vanishing and why the player got the job to find her.

If you've never played a Legend adventure before you'll enjoy the largely helpful and intuitive interface (interactive compass rose, object list) and the illustrating pictures that back in 1993 were... okay. What you'll enjoy most though is the talented writing of author and Legend co-founder Bob Bates who's propelling a standard, cliché-ridden fantasy/lazy medieval tale into a slapstickfest. From scene 1 on the player stumbles from hilarious situation to hilarious situation, and as soon as he solves a (mediocrely difficult) puzzle more shit happens. Eric the Unready hails from a time when text adventures were entertainment, so if you're after sophisticated literature or an innovative gaming experience, pass on this one. If you're after a classic GAME and if you like humor in Monty Python style, this one's for you.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
Remains a favorite, October 23, 2019

This game, a cross between graphic and text adventures, remains one of my very favorites. Its cultural references (to SNL characters, to Mel Brooks films, to beer commercials) somehow do not feel dated and retain a certain freshness; all the while, its own jokes are hilarious and clever, and require the player to occasionally think in puns. The game is not short (which is probably to be expected since it was originally a commercially published game) and its multiple different puzzles and scenes are satisfying in their depth. May not be for younger players since some portions are a little PG-13.


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Funniest game I've ever played, May 6, 2019
by deathbytroggles (Minneapolis, MN)

Rated by many the best adventure game of 1993 and it’s pretty obvious to see why. You are the infamous Eric the Unready. You have been assigned to save the princess from her evil stepmother. Unbeknownst to you, you were assigned because you are the most ill-equipped knight in the land.

As with the early Legend games that used a text parser, you can play the game with or without graphics. The graphics are gorgeous for the time, and being a comedy they do well to serve the humor. The music is pleasant if too repetitive.

It’s more of a parody than a game. To the skilled adventurer, this should take less than a couple of weeks to win. The puzzles are not all that well-developed, and can even be annoying at times. But it is without a doubt the funniest game I have ever played. Bob Bates spoofs everything from Star Trek to Saturday Night Live to Zork and has a grand ole time with medieval culture. There is something here for everyone. I haven’t played the game since 2000, however, so it’s possible the jokes have become dated.


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