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Unnkulia Zero: The Search for Amanda

by D. A. Leary

Episode 4 of the Unnkulian series

(based on 6 ratings)
4 reviews

About the Story

"Will you, the Valley King's most trusted warrior, rescue his Lady Amanda from the gruesome clutches of the evil Unnkulians? Along the way to victory (or, <shudder>, defeat!), you will:
o Find out about the ancient days of the Valley,
o Meet the King's faithful (but not so bright) Valley Patrol,
o Explore *beautiful* Lake Draounheer,
o Discover the ancient burial ground of your ancestors,
o Become frustrated with the pesky Stoll and his Stoll Bridge, and, of course,
o Meet that wondrously wacky Wowsa Willy!" (author's blurb, from The (Other) TADS Games List version 1.2)

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.0G
License: Former shareware
Development System: TADS 2
Baf's Guide ID: 227
IFID: TADS2-140DBBB816F18E72550BAC3EA4174575
TUID: g3qv8rgscg4vqkni

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide

Although this is the third game in the Unnkulian series, it's set before the others. As a brave but acrophobic warrior loyal to the Valley King, you must rescue his beloved Amanda from her abductors, the dread demons of Unnkul. In the process, you learn much about the history of the valley, and gain your first glimpses of its future. Fairly difficult, with several major sticking points and opportunities to leave behind important items (which are often the ones that seem the most unimportant). Packed with references to the other Unnkulia games, including many items and rooms that are otherwise mere red herrings. Hunger is a factor.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

[Reviews by Audrey A. DeLisle, Lars Jodal and Valentine Kopteltsev]
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In summary, Unnkulia Zero is even better than the other games in the series - the puzzles are excellent, the game challenging, the humour pitched just right for my taste. It's worth playing the games in the order in which they were written, to get the full effect and appreciate the nuances.
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The best so far of the Unnkulia series; more mature and better-developed, February 4, 2016

This game redeemed my opinion of the Unnkulia series. Up to now, they had been juvenile and full of lame humor, especially Unnkulia 1/2 (written as an ad for this game). However, this game seemed to have grown up a little bit more.

The game references all previous games, with locations like Dawg Rock and Dragon's Lair for Unnkulia II and the grate, lake, and some underground areas of Unnkulia I. It also openly (by name) references Colossal Cave Adventure on several occasions, including a dwarf that throws knives at you in a cave and a toll bridge/troll bridge/stoll bridge.

This game is completely overshadowed by Curses! which came out the same year, and which had a coherent, interesting plot and incredible production values.

For fans of the Unnkulia series, this is the best so far (I haven't tried The Legend Lives! yet, which I hear is good).

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