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7 Stars IFReview Rating City in the Clouds

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-06 08:22 

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Author
Evan Hodson

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1984

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

Extra Commands: TAKE-OFF, DESTROY, KISS, SHIELD, INVOKE, MEDICATE

Deleted Commands: BLAST, HEAL, POWER, SPEED, WAVE, SAY, no Save

Special Features: ray-gun and light saber sound effects during battle, several good effects

Playing Time: 1 hour

Reviewer Rating: 6.5

Average Rating: 6.8

Description: EPISODE V- THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK After destroying the Death Star, Han Solo and a group of key rebel personnel have come to the city in the clouds seeking refuge and repairs for the Millenium Falcon. But the Empire had been awaiting them and they have walked into a deadly trap...

You, while leaving the Main Hall, have been caught in an inversion of reality and now you are a fledgling Jedi Knight. Your weapons are gone but now you have a light saber. Your spells don't work, but you are able to invoke the force, a powerful ally in battle.

While flying there, a vision showed that the Falcon has been disabled, and in any event Imperial patrols would destroy the ship, which is being held fast by tractor beams. And you see that, unless Princess Leia is rescued, the rebellion will collapse. So you have come to meet your destiny in the city. All you know is that somewhere in it is your way back home...

Comment: This is a good adaptation of 'The Empire Strikes Back'. Besides the 'City' segment, a lot was borrowed from the first 'Battle Star' segment from 'Star Wars'. It was skillfully blended into a quest with a half-dozen pieces that must all be successfully completed to escape alive.

The sound effects add a lot of fun to the battles. The encounter with Darth Vader is full of special stuff and is pretty exciting. The only serious drawback to the adventure is the lack of a Save. Vader is no lightweight and this encounter is very difficult to survive. (See Bugs'n'Fixes, this issue.) If you like SF Eamon, you will definitely enjoy this one. Hack'n'Slashers will love the fighting. The only puzzling is figuring out when and how to use the new commands. I give it a difficulty rating of (7).

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

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