PROJECT X casts you as a scientist doing experiments in miniaturisation. As you work there is a blinding flash and a burst of powerful radiation. You already know what effect that dose of rays will have and you rush to the car hoping that you can reach you friend's house a few miles away. As a fellow researcher he should be able to save you. The car crashes.
When you wake you have shrunk and the journey becomes a test of endurance, full of threats to your survival. Small creatures have become vast predators and haystacks intricate warrens of passage ways. A button becomes a shield, a needle a sword.
The game is a Quilled text adventure - it looks as if there is no credit for Gilsoft but play for a little while and they get their mention. It is a friendly game with some useful abbreviations over and above the usual Quill set and small graphic characters for objects. The programmers have taken care over their presentation and not slavishly followed the utility's layout.
Project X is a real change from goblin-bashing scenarios, showing originality in its plot and care in its design. It may not be one of the all time greats but you'll find it aggravatingly entertaining. Available by mail order from Compass Software, 63 Cozens Road, Norwich.
Price: £3.25 inc. p&p