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5 Stars IFReview Rating Lotto's Masterpiece

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-14 09:33 

Game Profile

Author
Henry Haskell

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1990

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

Extra Commands: None

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: Lower-case text option, 40-col. Only

Playing Time: 1 hour

Reviewer Rating: 5.0

Average Rating 5.5/2

Description: "Many years ago, the kings of ancient Eamon maintained a summer residence known as the Ervuol on a tiny isle in the stormy sea. Its location has been lost for ages, but an art fancier has discovered its location through careful research. You have been offered 5,000 GP to go there and recover a priceless art treasure: a bronze statuette of the goddess of love in ancient Eamon, Etihw Annav."

Comment: This Henry's first Eamon, and he has worked hard and come up with a nicely done adventure. The descriptions are pretty good. The map is coherent enough, although there is some mapping weirdness that was apparently thrown in for fun (like a mine shaft on the second floor of the castle!) Good utilization was made of 7.0 features, and he went the extra distance and did it in lower-case with an upper-case option.

The place had a somewhat random feel to it, but was pleasant to play. After wading through an assortment of generic goblins and thieves, things get really weird towards the end as you must win your way past a number of fantastic adversaries. This serves as a climax of sorts, as you escape from the castle once you get past the last of them.

This is a basic 'kill & loot' scenario with no plot beyond a simple quest. It doesn't worry overmuch about being consistent but throws new things at you for laughs and variety. Lots of hidden doors and secret passages to discover, and that is the biggest part of the puzzling. I give it a 5 for difficulty.

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

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