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Gargoyle Games
1986
Adventure: Graphic
£9.95
£1.99
English
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Marcus Berkmann
Chris Bourne

Another game from Greg and Roy's Gargoyle vaults, and another cracker. This one's all of three years old,m and was the first 'graphic adventure', if you can call it that. On the screen you see your rather roughly drawn hero, and you move him not by joystick but by entering instructions via the keyboard (N, S, etc). As he wanders around, you have to react to what crops up in the various dungeons, which as well as puzzles, objects and magic spells includes monsters who knock you off with the merest flick of a wrist. At the time it was hugely influential, and much imitated, and it survives well because not only was it cleverly done, but there was a game lurking in there as well.

Naturally there's mucho mapping to be done, and the game's liable to appeal to arcade adventurers rather than straightforward zappers, but it's still good fun, and I found that I had forgotten everything I had so patiently learnt about the game first time round. Another spanker, although what the cover illustration has to do with it all, I have no idea.

7/10