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2 Stars IFReview Rating The Alien Intruder

IFReviewed by Philip Moore on 2006-05-13 10:15 

Game Profile

Author
Robert Parker

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1989

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

Extra Commands: None

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: None

Playing Time: 30-60 min.

Reviewer Rating: 2.0

Average Rating: 3.0/2

Description: The adventure starts out with a distress call from MOON BASE to Mission Control. A Russian Top Secret experiment escaped and is headed towards MOON BASE.

Comments: If you are expecting some one-eyed, seven-legged creature that trashes the base, forget it. I found no such creature in the adventure. This is a short hack'n'slash grab-the-loot scenario. The mapping was rather unique and could cause problems if you are not paying attention. I got lost a couple of times, but was able to recover when I found myself back at the start. The author is actually trying to get you lost, so carefully read what is on the screen. The monsters are not very original, either. There are no sudden death traps, or much of anything else special.

I liked the way that the monsters just showed up at random; I played it several times, and the monsters moved around. There are a bunch of friendly monsters, which I didn't like, because they caused the text to scroll off the screen before I could read it. You could probably take a weak character and not die because of all the friends. I used a regular character from the Main Hall with no spells and a Main Hall weapon.

I rated it low because there is no mission or plot, the monsters were boring and mundane with repetitive names (ALIEN, ALIEN, ALIEN). If you are a stickler for spelling, you'll find some errors. On the other hand, I liked the way that the monsters showed up differently on each restart, the unique map, and absence of death traps. I probably would have rated it higher if the monsters were more interesting, there had been a bit of plot or quest, and even one simple locked door puzzle or special effect.

It is probably a good choice for a beginner or young Eamonaut to play right after the Beginners Cave.

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

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