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Beyond Software
Mike Singleton
Strategy: War
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Andy Smith
Chris Bourne

Spectrum, £9.95cs
C64/128, £9.95cs, £14.95dk

A fantasy wargame that can be played either as a wargame or as a graphic adventure. The best way to play the game is to combine the two separate elements and play as one epic.

The wargame aspect is by far the most testing and enjoyable. It involves the player controlling four characters (at the start) independently. They must scour the lands of Midnight and try to recruit the various lords in an attempt to form a large enough army to defeat the evil Doomdark, who is resident in the Citadel of Ushgarak.

This is when the strategy comes into play, as attrition plays a major part in reducing an army's fighting ability and the player must see that his forces are kept in lighting order before planning the final tactical assault on the citadel. One of the most involving and atmospheric fantasy wargames you could hope to play, and unusual in its use of 'landscaping' - a method of presenting a view of the terrain in all directions, giving the player 32000 possible panoramic displays!