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6 Stars IFReview Rating The Orb of Polaris

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-06 08:10 

Game Profile

Author
John Nelson

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1983

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

Extra Commands: WEAR, READ

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: Effects of cold

Playing Time: 1 hour

Reviewer Rating: 6.0

Average Rating: 6.2/4

Description: "A warlock needs assistance in obtaining a magical orb of great power and consequence. The orb must not fall into the wrong hands, or it could mean great disaster. The warlock says that he cannot go after the orb himself because mystical defenses of unknown nature have been set up to guard the orb from him. He must thus send some brave adventurer in his stead.

"'Find the orb and return it to me, and I will give you the greatest reward you'll ever imagine.'"

Comment: This Eamon takes place in a very cold cavern. In fact, it is so cold that your first order of business is to find something warm to wear before you literally freeze to death. John does some clever things with the cold that you will probably find novel. For example, you might slip on the ice as you take a swing with your weapon in combat!

There are several mildly amusing bits of the sort often found in early Eamons. Your companions are chosen as much for laughs as for their fighting ability. The tone here is an incongruous mix of deadly seriousness and silliness.

The other downer is that things are not what they seem, and the adventure will not turn out well for you if you don't twig to it. The clues to put you on the right track are there, but poorly founded and therefore easy to ignore. I came very close to giving it a (5) rating for this, but in the end the good stuff won the higher number.

Luck weighs heavily on the difficulty, but (7) seems about right. You may need to play more than once if you don't get the stuff and info that you need before you need it. Here are your hints: you need a special weapon found somewhere in the cavern, and you need your spell abilities. Finally, I want you to know that there is a way to resurrect Frosty if he should melt on you.

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

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