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Adventure: Text
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Jim Douglas
Chris Bourne

Alternative Software is beginning look like a name be reckoned with. Excalibur, Sword of Kings (to give it its proper name) while not being the most astonishing game to appear recently by any means, is certainly well the price tag, and provides some thoughtful entertainment.

There are graphics throughout, and they're a reasonable standard. If there's a character in a location, he/she will be drawn instead of merely described. They're all recognisable and add lots of atmosphere.

Vocab-wise, Excalibur is a bit on the basic side: when you're told that the roadside is "crowned with vibrant red hawthornes", you may well decide to try and examine them, which prompts the disconcertingly stupid reply, "What's a hawthornes?"

Excalibur is definitely a second-division adventure, but it's a competent one and great value for money.

Label: Alternative Software
Price: £1.99
Memory: 48K/128K
Joystick: None
Reviewer: Jim Douglas

Good budget adventure offering. Not exactly The Hobbit, but graphically pleasing and littered with interesting problems.