IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-13 09:28
MAIN PGM Version: 6.2
Extra Commands: WEAR, KNEEL, INDULGE
Deleted Commands: TAKE, EXAMINE, GIVE, WAVE, PUT
Special Features: two-disk adventure; notes & hints on disk
Playing Time: 3-6 hours
Reviewer's Rating: 9
Description: 'Mighty Phrax, God of the Underworld, Shepherd of the flocks of the Dead, is angered. Some Evil of this Plane seeks to usurp his power. This Evil must be sought out and destroyed before the wrath of Phrax engulfs us all. He has loosed the Dead Legions to kill indiscriminately until he has regained what is his- the reservoir of his power and the bulwark of his strength- the legendary Shroud of Phrax!'
'This Adventure is quite dangerous as the Adventurer will be dealing with the Undead (hard to kill and in some cases drain life energy), Spellcasters (easier to kill but have offensive spells that penetrate armor), and gods (impossible to kill and awesome in attack). Any life energy (Hardiness, Agility, or Charisma) that is drained away is lost forever.'
Comment: This adventure has a dazzling array of monsters and artifacts that are quite out of the ordinary, and a number of great puzzles to solve. The quest (returning the Shroud) is punctuated by other minor 'quests' that must be fulfilled along the way. Your companions reveal their weaknesses as you confront various evils, and your own ability to accomplish various tasks is modified by the purity of your actions. The bad guys, from the Undead all the way to the god of Evil, can be defeated if you put the clues together correctly. However, if you go at them without the proper preparation, you will be lunchmeat. It is tough to stay alive; an occasional SAVE is a good idea.
If you should go astray, or are just curious, there is a HINTS.NOTES file on the disk. Using it, the adventurer can get sequential hints to help him past a stuck spot, or can read detailed notes that explain many of the adventure's subtleties.
This adventure is highly recommended, and is firmly entrenched on my personal 'Top-Ten' list. Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.