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1985
Arcade: Adventure
£7.95
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Here it is, the follow-up to Avalon, featuring the same graphical furniture but with a finer back-drop. Your quest is to seek out the five crowns of Britain and free Merlyn from the evil grip of Morag the Shapeshifter (and don't try saying that when you've had a few! Ed).

The game comes with a map of the Realms of Dragontorc and a potted history of the story so far. You control the familiar figure of Morac by choosing the move spell from the scroll displayed at the bottom of the screen.

You've also got two other spells at the start - the servant spell does all the graft by providing you with a hard-working sprite that runs errands and fights, and there's also the Bane spell. That's much more mysterious and I'll leave it to you to discover how to use it!

There are about 256 locations to explore and over 80 characters - or so it says here.

I didn't get that far and I reckon it'll take quite a while for someone to crack it.

If you liked Avalon, you'll love this. I found both of them to be dreary dark-age dramas - not a patch on Dallas. 3/5 HIT

Dave: It's an improvement over the original but I still rate this as a triumph of programming over playability. 2/5 HIT

Roger Ding-dong! It's Avalon calling again... More of the same and just as satisfying. 4/5 HIT

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