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5 Stars IFReview Rating The Lair of the Minotaur

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2005-10-09 10:42 

Game Profile

Author
Donald Brown

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1978

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

Extra Commands: ENTER, UNLOCK, FREE, DRINK, OPEN, RELEASE, DIG

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: Simple text animation in intro

Playing Time: 30-90 min.

Reviewer Rating: 5.0

Average Rating: 4.5/6

Description: "You had arranged to meet in the town of Dunderhaven with your girlfriend, Larcenous Lil. When you arrived, you learned that she had come into town flat broke, and had tried to pick up some easy cash by burglarizing a nearby castle. She hasn't been seen since.

Making your own subtle entrance into the castle, all seemed to be going well until suddenly the lights go on and you see yourself surrounded by bowmen and a fat, ugly man on a throne. He sneers at you, and says, 'Well, boys, another thief. I guess we'll send the scoundrel to meet the first.' With that, he pulls a lever, and the bottom drops out of the floor."

Comment: And from there, your "quest" is to find Lil and get out alive. This Eamon can perhaps be described as an "advanced Beginners Cave". With about 90 rooms, it is fairly large. There are several neat little events and specials that aren't exactly world-class but do make it more interesting to play.

All in all, a pretty good second adventure for beginners. I put the difficulty at (5), for a couple of death traps and a pretty decent maze. The monsters are pushovers for an advanced character, but plenty tough for beginners. One hint: you can't complete it unless you know your Eamon magic spells.

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

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