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About the Story
Long ago, in the reign of Beren, last of the Mountain Kings of Karn, there came from the distant north a horde of fell creatures, borne on the wings of Darkness. Dragons there were, and Vampires, and weavers of Enchantment, and nameless things from the deep places of the world. They swept down as a dark gale on the Halls of the Mountain King, and terrible was the slaughter of men.
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You always have to factor nostalgia into reviews of old games. This is probably the first text adventure I ever played, so it's inevitable I have a certain fondness for it that might not be justified by the game itself.
It's the usual stuff - castles, monsters, random objects, improbable ways of killing the monsters, of the GET CROSS, KILL VAMPIRE WITH CROSS type. The plot is some nonsense about rescuing various heroes to save the land.
It is, however, superior to the Scott Adams games by far. Whereas I've always felt with the latter that I was receiving responses to my commands by telegram, this game has brief sentences to describe its locations, which are at least slightly evocative:
The path is worn deep by the passing of many travellers driven by the fires of faith."
The graphics on the Spectrum and Amstrad versions are OK - although I remember them taking an age to draw on the original machines.
Unlike other games by the same company, this one doesn't have a maze in it. Worth trying, even if just for a nostalgic look at the simplicity of older games.
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