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Games Workshop
Adventure: Text
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Richard Price
Chris Bourne


THE USUAL lantern-jawed, muscle-bound hero adorns the cover of Tower of Despair from Games Workshop. A swift reading of the background history reveals a plot and setting not too far removed from Lord of the Rings - the hellish and very nasty sorcerer has resurfaced and orcs are abroad.

The Wizards' Council is extremely worried and has summoned you, the warrior-mage of Castle Argent and part-time weight lifter, to remove this Malnor chap and his demonic legions.

To do that you must find the Golden Gauntlet, currently in the possession of another elderly ex-hero. Journey through the wilderness, survive many perils, find the Tower, rub out Malnor. So much for the plot.

The adventure contains two complete sections. The program is written on the Quill and is text-only, though the character set has been changed to a pleasant medieval script with the occasional illuminated capital.

Naturally enough there are assorted monsters to overcome and care will need to be taken with the magical artifacts you encounter.

D & D devotees will probably feel at home in the land of Aelandor but more reluctant heroes may find they have been there too many times already.

Richard Price

Memory: 48K
Price: £7.95