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6 Stars IFReview Rating The House of Secrets

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-06 01:34 

Game Profile

Author
George Gunn

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1985

IFR Overall Rating
6 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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MAIN PGM Version: 4

Extra Commands: OPEN, DIG, READ, DRINK

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: None

Playing Time: 1 hour

Reviewer Rating: 6.0

Description: You are returning to the Inn and take a short cut, when you stumble over the bodies of several adventurers. Their arms and armor have been stripped away, but you search them anyway. On one you find a crumpled map and a note. The note vaguely mentions treasure and extreme danger. Your purse is a bit light so you follow the map. After a long trip, you close in on your goal. In the distance is a stone building. As you near the building, you spy a message engraved in stone:

ENTER YOU MAY, BUT HEED WELL POWER THOU MUST TO ESCAPE MAGIC THOU MUST TO DRAGONS FELL KEYS THOU MUST TO TREASURE TAKE.

You move on.

Comment: This adventure had a large, well-organized map. It is somewhat misnamed; this "house" is manor-sized with several dozen rooms, courtyard, wine cellar, etc. Combat wasn't especially bad for my advanced character's weapons. The inscription is partly right; you do need POWER and many keys to get past a number of obstacles. But the dragon wasn't too difficult with my magic-level sword, though he did take some wearing down. For a character with mundane weapons, there does appear to be a magical means provided to handle the dragon.

This is a nice, average-level adventure, certainly worth playing. There's no quest; this is strictly a kill and loot scenario. But it isn't a simple straight walk through. There are several locked doors, and the keys are not exactly lying by each door! I give it a (5) for difficulty.

Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.

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