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6 Stars IFReview Rating A Real Cliffhanger

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-13 10:00 

Game Profile

Author
Ted Swartz

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1988

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

Extra Commands: GRAB

Deleted Commands: no Save

Special Features: GRAB used in real time

Playing Time: 1-1.5 hours

Reviewer's Rating: 6

Description: 'As you leave the Main Hall you notice an abnormal number of large eagles circling as if on a hunt. Suddenly one swoops down, grabbing you in his talons. He begins to gain altitude, carrying you up the gorge. Your fear of heights soon gives way to admiration of the powerful bird. Circling between the east and west walls of the gorge, you see the Main Hall dwindle in size and finally disappear in the mists.

'The eagle flies toward the tallest promontory on the east cliff and jarringly deposits you on the top. With a screech of victory he flies off into the eastern sky.

'You find yourself alone on the top of a rocky plateau. Realizing your desperate situation, you look about.'

Comment: This adventure is nicely written and laid out. It is has a fair number of puzzles that are not extremely difficult and tend to reward benevolent action towards others. There are several traps that start out very weak but grow more dangerous, and they all are preceded by a special clue so that the player can learn to avoid them. The special effects are well done. The real-time special effect using the GRAB command is fun.

This adventure may be well-suited for use in grade-school computer classes, and merits a look from teachers who use Eamon for such purposes. It is not that difficult, promotes benevolent actions, and the special effects make it fun. The (6) rating that I gave it comes from its being a little simple for my advanced tastes, and from its lack of a true quest other than the one of simply getting off the promontory.

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

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