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7 Stars IFReview Rating The Creature of Rhyl

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-13 10:34 

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Author
Robert Parker

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1990

IFR Overall Rating
7 Stars IFR Overall Rating
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MAIN PGM Version: 7.0

Extra Commands: PULL, REST, SUICIDE, STATUS, REFILL, THROW, SEE, PRAY, ASSEMBLE

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: 10-directions, lo-res picture, HINTS program, 40/80 column display.

Playing Time: 2-3 hours

Reviewer Rating: 7.0

Description: "The country of Rhyl has been beset nearly every night for many years by a terrible creature that flies out from the mountains near the city of Asereht. The creature soars over farmland, picking up livestock or an occasional unfortunate farmer and carrying the victim back into the mountains.

"Nearly a year ago the creature broke through the wall of King Namreh's castle and carried off the king's son, Prince Laechim, along with a large amount of the Royal Treasure. Since that incident, which did not seem like the act of an unthinking creature interested only in food, King Namreh has suspected that the creature is somehow under the influence of the mad magician Astylis.

"Your mission is to go to Astylis' complex, rescue Prince Laechim plus the royal scepter and the golden crown that were also taken, and kill the fearsome creature that seems to be under the wizard's control."

Comment: This is a very good Eamon, in many ways the best one Rob ever did. It is a mapper's Eamon, with 133 rooms, lots of nifty stuff and several door puzzles to conquer. The combat is sparse and not terribly difficult.

The problem with it is that he didn't write it. It is a "Dungeons and Dragons" scenario. The D&D people had had a long history of suing first and asking questions later, so I never gave it the publicity it deserved, nor did it get a conversion to 80-col. ProDOS. I buried it through neglect and hoped that people would find it on their own.

Several of the door-puzzles are pretty tough, and there are all those rooms plus 100 artifacts to keep straight. This is no outing for the Young Eamonaut, or for those looking for a quickie foray. Difficulty will ring in between 4-8, depending on how much you use the HINTS program.

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

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