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7 Stars IFReview Rating Nucleus of the Ruby

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-13 09:08 

Game Profile

Author
Keith Somers

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1987

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

Extra Commands: RESTORE, BUY, STATUS, USE, HELP, RUN

Deleted Commands: FLEE

Special Features: Status line, progress scoring, 80-column display ONLY, can save 3 games

Playing Time: 1 hour

Reviewer Rating: 7.0

Description: "You have but one task. Find the most precious treasure in the universe, the Nucleus of the Ruby. The great king Argoth stole the Argothian Ruby, a jewel of great power.

"Through years of abuse, the ruby has lost most of its previous power, but the nucleus is as powerful as ever. You must find it and be careful not to use its force unwisely.

"Remember, there are easier ways to get around than walking. Good luck and I hope you have plate and shield for armor!"

Comment: This is a very nicely turned out adventure, with a decent map and lots of little play enhancements. Most of the commands have special abbreviations available. Typing just the command defaults to ALL; for example typing a G executes a GET ALL command. Typing an A attacks the first enemy monster in the list.

The new commands are excellent. SAVE and RESTORE can do up to three different games. STATUS gives you a complete printout of your character stats, including weapon stats for all weapons carried. HELP tells you what dungeon level you are on. The status line tells you what your current score is both in points and percentage of total possible.

This is largely a "Hack'n'Slash dungeon, with the only puzzles being the "find the key" type. I did see what may have been a death trap if I hadn't been carrying a certain object, so you may want to accumulate as much stuff as you can in your wanderings. Many of the bad guys are pretty tough, so be sure to bring some strong weapons.

Even though it was very simple for my tastes, this Eamon was a pleasure to play because of its many minor playability specials and general good polish. It gets a (6) for difficulty if you bring a decent weapon or two. I only got 94% of the possible points and don't know what I missed, even though I got the nucleus and achieved the Quest. The nucleus was hidden, but it is very well hinted and I never doubted how to find it. Difficulty of (6).

Note that this Eamon REQUIRES an 80-column display. It works fine on an 80-column-equipped II+.

One hint: I never did find a light source.

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

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