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7 Stars IFReview Rating The Lair of Mr. Ed

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-13 09:53 

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Author
Nathan Segerlind

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1988

IFR Overall Rating
7 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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MAIN PGM Version: 6.0

Extra Commands: STATUS, USE, EAT, MAKE

Deleted Commands: SAVE

Special Features: Status Cmd

Playing Time: 1-3 hours

Reviewer's Rating: 7

Description: 'One day when you went to the Main Hall, your good friend P'tin Kan wasn't in his usual seat. The burly Irishman told you that he had been investigating a case of sabotage in the King's castle last Thursday. P'tin Kan found a trail of horse-hooves leading directly to the sabotage, indicating that it had been the work of that renegade stallion, Mr. Ed!

Nobody saw P'tin Kan after that night. His chambers were searched, and all that was found was a trail of horse-hooves! It is almost certain that Mr. Ed has captured P'tin Kan, since he knew too much.

Infuriated at Mr. Ed's evil deeds, you set out at once to find the whereabouts of this Mr. Ed guy. It turns out that he dwells in a heavily guarded fortress in the middle of a thick forest. And so you set out to rescue your friend and destroy the diabolical Mr. Ed!

Comments: This is by far Nathan's most successful Eamon to date. It was quite amusing, as his adventures usually are. There were a number of good puzzles that interlocked to some extent that had to be solved in order to gain entry into Mr. Ed's castle. The overall effect was very coherent. I also thought it was a real hoot the way Mr. Ed, that talking horse of TV fame, was presented as an evil mastermind.

Two regular features of Nathan's adventures are armed animals (eg: Ninja Carp) and his computer club moderator, a Mr. Roessler, and both were present in this adventure. The animals were only simple 'orcs', that is, common sword-fodder, and the ever-diabolical Mr. R. took Wilbur's place as Mr. Ed's prime confidant.

The STATUS command was a small feature that printed out your character's current abilities in the same way that the Main Hall does. I very much missed the SAVE command, though.

All in all, I was quite entertained by this one, and would recommend it to anyone.

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

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