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Mikro-Gen Ltd
Adventure: Text
ZX Spectrum 48K
Multiple schemes (see individual downloads)

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Dave Nicholls, Ross Holman, Roger Willis
Chris Bourne

Ross: Mikro-Gen are producing some very good pieces of software these days, and this text and graphic adventure is no exception. In the best of fairy-tale traditions, the plot is based on a Prince who having been turned into a toad, is now trying to regain his regal form.

The wicked witch, Hazel, cast the spell that transformed the Prince, and it's her abode that you have to hop around collecting all the ingredients necessary to make a potion in the witch's cauldron and then drink it. On your travels you may turn into many other forms, which can be useful but can also make you vulnerable to attack; for example, try turning from a toad into a bat and you'll be eaten by the cat.

I'm not a great fan of adventures but I liked this one very much. The illustrations of each room (which appear at the top of the screen) are detailed and drawn quickly, and the idea of the toad moving about the picture as you give it instructions is quite novel. Above all, this adventure is very user-friendly; it understood most of what I typed in and didn't expect that strange dialect I call 'adventure-speak'.

Overall, a humourous and well-designed game that I'd recommend highly. 3/5 HIT

Dave: Being able to see yourself moving around on-screen is a nice touch, but then there's lots of humour in this game. Red herrings abound and the puzzles are more than difficult. Addictive enough to keep you hopping back for more. 3.5/5 HIT

Roger: One for the pot - in that any literate, difficult, but somewhat sluggardly, cerebral adventure game can earn its supernatural keep. 3/5 HIT