The Tower of the Elephant

by Tor Andersson


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- Edo, August 5, 2020

Text Games That Time Forgot: The Tower of the Elephant

It does justice to the source material while allowing the player agency to take a different direction than Conan did in the original story.

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- Mr. Patient (Saint Paul, Minn.), July 31, 2017

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
A Conan the Barbarian story adapted to IF, June 11, 2016

I really enjoyed the story of this game, which makes sense, because it was adapted from a famous Conan the Barbarian story. The author has done a good job adapting it.

The game could use more synonyms; you often climb by going east instead of going up, and up doesn't work.

The action sort of slows down in the main conversation part of the game.

This game is fairly short.

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Vivid, but Under-Implemented, April 26, 2015

This short adaptation of one of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories features engaging prose and good characterization, which is odd, because I remember Howard's prose and characterization as clunky and overblown. I suppose all Howard needed was a good editor.

The game itself, however, is under-implemented. Nouns, plurals, and synonyms are missing, making it tough for the player to communicate with the parser. There's even a guess-the-preposition puzzle here, which forced me to consult the walk-through. And, instead of providing clues in the descriptions, the author makes suggestions directly to the player.

Still, this game has interesting stuff in it. One of the game's branches creates a small role-reversal for the player-character. Instead of an NPC following the PC, you follow another character. Fun, but taking this path bypasses the game's best puzzle. There's also a vivid, and effective, action sequence here, a rarity in IF.

I'd say it's worth fighting the parser a bit for a few good puzzles and the excellent writing this game offers.

- Joshua Houk, October 18, 2014

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- DJ (Olalla, Washington), May 9, 2013

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- Emily Boegheim, March 30, 2010

- Grey (Italy), December 25, 2009

- Jerome C West (United Kingdom), March 18, 2009

- Beekeeper, July 28, 2008

- Emily Short, January 15, 2008

- Peter Nepstad (Chicago), November 13, 2007

- Stephen Bond (Leuven, Belgium), October 26, 2007

- Eric Eve (Oxford, England), October 22, 2007

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