IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-14 10:15
MAIN PGM Version: 7
Extra Commands: None
Deleted Commands: None
Special Features: 80-col. only; Lo-res puzzle
Playing Time: 2-3 hours
Reviewer Rating: 5.0
Description: An assassination attempt has been made on the King! He was cut by a poisoned blade, and now lies near death.
The attempt was done by the King of Assassins, himself. You must find him and obtain the antidote to the poison, before the king dies.
Comment: This Eamon was written for Softdisk back when they were first soliciting an Eamon from us. It had 5 or 6 minor problems, and when Rob learned that Sam had submitted "Redemption", he gave up in the face of such overwhelming competition. While I was waiting for Rob to resubmit this as a regular Eamon, he got himself a PC and is now permanently out of the Eamon business. After checking with Rob, I fixed the problems and released it.
It has a much better finish than most of Rob's Eamons, with many little touches and specials that enhance the play. However, its 90-room map is largely empty. Mapping the seemingly endless tunnels got tiresome enough that I considered a lower rating, but in the end the Good Stuff won me over. If the map had been somewhat smaller, it would likely have gotten a (6) rating.
There are a couple of puzzles that don't make any sense at all to me, but I was able to solve one by simply guessing from the 4 alternatives. To solve the other, make a point of searching out seemingly unimportant junk and toting it along with you, and it will solve itself.
The bad guys are heavy enough that you'll want to bring along a magic weapon. A (7) is about right for difficulty, mostly for the puzzles. Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.