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6 Stars IFReview Rating The Death Star

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-04-29 12:22 

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Author
Donald Brown

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1985

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

Extra Commands: TAKE-OFF, EAT, DESTROY

Deleted Commands: BLAST, HEAL, SPEED, POWER

Special Features: Ray-gun sound effects

Playing Time: 1-2 hr.

Reviewer Rating: 6.0

Average Rating: 4.0/8

Description: "As you left the Main Hall, you suddenly felt a queer wrench in your stomach, as if you had been turned inside-out, then right again. When things became clear again, you found yourself at the helm of a spaceship! You realize that you have gone through a reality shift!

"You are in a parallel universe. You must stay in this universe until you fulfill some quest. Although you have no access to your old gear, your body is the same. However, none of your old spells will work.

"By searching new 'memories', you find out your situation, which isn't good! You are aboard the Millennium Falcon, which has just been dragged into the Empire's evil machine of destruction, the Death Star! To escape, you will have to find and destroy the equipment in either the tractor beam machinery section, or the power machinery room."

Comment: Eight people have rated this Eamon, and the ratings are all over the map, ranging from (1) to (7)! It is possible that many of the low ratings came from people who played Brown's original version of the MAIN PGM, which was incredibly slow. The program speed was improved years ago, and it isn't so bad now.

There are two other important downsides to the play: the lack of a HEAL command makes survival very difficult, and there are at least four no-warning death traps. Another downside for me personally was that nearly every room contains one to ten "soldiers" who must be killed. The soldiers are cardboard cutouts who are lousy fighters and die with a single blow, and I found it rather tedious to have to clean them out with every move to a new room.

So why did I rate it this highly? Except for the endless procession of soldiers, it is a pretty decent simulation of the Death Star portion of Star Wars, and I made vigorous use of the cheating methods described in the December issue! I must state for the record that if I couldn't have cheated, I probably would have given it a rating of about (3).

Though the intro mentions a quest, there isn't one other than simple escape. However, you can make your own quest by making it a point to rescue Leia, Chewie, and the 'droids. Han Solo, Luke, and Obie-Wan are missing from the cast, so don't bother looking for them.

The difficulty can vary dramatically, but I think that a rating of (8) may be close to what most people will see during play.

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

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