Stephen J. Crow
1986
Arcade: Adventure
£8.95
£2.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Nick Roberts
Chris Bourne

Medieval characters, 500 detailed locations and full colour, cartoon style graphics make up Firelord. The game was originally released in 1986 by Hewson when it got 91% from this very organ. Now on rerelease how will those five years have taken their toll? Your task is to recover the four charms of eternal youth to give to the evil queen. She has seized the firestone and will only give it back if this small gift is bestowed upon her. You must succeed, brave warrior.

Playing Firelord you can't help but notice the similarities to the older Ultimate games like Atic Atac and Sabre Wulf. The graphics here are a little smaller but the idea of running about a flip screen world dodging nasties and collecting objects is exactly the same. An added feature is the bartering you can do with the townsfolk to get objects and cast spells. The system used in a barter is very confusing if you haven't read the instructions thoroughly - come to think of it they're still confusing when you have! The large play area allows you to explore more and more each time you play, making you come back for go after go.

Firelord is a little dated as a full price game but as a rerelease I recommend it to everyone who missed out the first time.

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