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Original C64 version *
Commodore 64 Application
8kadv.zip *
Contains 8KADV.GAM
Requires a TADS interpreter. Visit IFWiki for download links.
* Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.

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8K Adventure

by Paul Allen Panks

Fantasy
2004

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(based on 4 ratings)
2 reviews

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In a traditional fantasy kingdom somewhere, an important scepter has gone missing from the royal throne. Starting out in a tavern with no weapon or armor, you must quest to make things right at the castle, by finding the correct items and defeating foes who stand in your way.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Bare Bones Can Still Be Worth A Gnaw, April 24, 2008
by Ghalev (Northern Appalachia, United States)

In Dunricís 8k Adventure, prolific (fringe?) IF designer Paul Allen Panks endeavors to cram a fantasy text adventure into fewer than 170 lines of BASIC code. I canít comment on the writing in this game because there isnít any. In very-old-school fashion (many Scott Adams titles would seem lush by comparison), the gameís 25 locations are sparsely implemented, barely described, and mostly empty ... but moving around and mapping the tiny world provided me with a genuine, if brief, sense of exploration, and the gameís few details are well-chosen to evoke a basic, unassuming trad-fantasy atmosphere. In my own imagination, these simple details took on lives of their own, and without prose to manhandle my mindís eye, I still saw (for example) the game's forest cottage with clarity, and paused to wonder who might live there. This world isnít much, but the arrangement is easy to explore and map, and the spare setting taps neatly into the cultural common ground of stock-fantasy imagery.

8k Adventure offers only an unadorned, skeletal game design: simple exploration, a few hit-point-chewing fight sequences, and a very basic puzzle structure of find-the-item-that-lets-you-move-onward. It is both easy and forgiving. If you've felt weighed down by prose-heavy works, this bare-bones game, unencumbered by meat or sauce, might lighten your palate pleasantly. Skeletal it may be, but dem bones (dem bones) gonna walk around.

Tiny, slight, fast, and easy: 8k Adventure makes only the humblest of promises Ö but it keeps them.

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C64 game written in BASIC, May 28, 2023
by Denk
Related reviews: BASIC, C64

This game should be played with a C64 emulator, then it is a very short and primitive but charming two-word parser game in the style of early 80s single load text adventures. The use of colors on C64 add to the charm so if you play the TADS port I think you can at least subtract one more star, so the TADS version is not really recommended.

There hardly is any story: "An important scepter has gone missing from the royal throne."

You simply have to find the scepter. There are a bit of randomized combat which is not everyone's cup of tea but works okay and your chances of winning has to do with the weapons you have and armour.

You don't have to solve all puzzles to complete the game and it can be completed in around 40 turns so it is very short. But if you enjoy small, primitive two-word parser games, this is an okay game for a short while.

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