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4 Stars IFReview Rating Priests of Xim!

IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-06 08:28 

Game Profile

Author
Ed Bauman and Marty Bauman

Idiom
English

Authoring System
Eamon

Release Year
1984

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

Extra Commands: EXIT, PRAY, UNLOCK, BUY, SAVE

Deleted Commands: None

Special Features: None

Playing Time: 1-2 hours

Reviewer Rating: 4.0

Average Rating: 5.7/3

Description: "Welcome to the Priests of Xim! As you travel through the tomb, you will encounter many powerful enemies. However, the rewards will far outweigh the costs. Because of the large amount of time required to complete the full adventure, it is possible to leave, if decide you cannot go any farther. However, if you wish to enter the tomb again, you will have to pay hommage again, and start over. Please wait 1 minute."

Comment: The above is an exact copy of the entire introduction. I think that it serves fairly well to give you a taste of the flavor of this offering. This adventure didn't originally have SAVE and made special provision for exiting at any time via the EXIT command, but SAVE was added by the NEUC.

This is straight kill'n'loot with a handful of locked doors to open. Contrary to the intro, the bad guys are medium-to-lightweight and sometimes decide to ignore you after first presenting a very hostile description.

The "hommage" that you must pay to enter is 70% of all your gold. I managed to scrounge together less than 4,000 GP of loot, or about 32,000 GP short of what I was charged to enter the tomb.

I found this to be a mediocre offering largely because the authors threw whatever popped into their heads into the dungeon map, which makes very little sense and has lots of incongruities. It is painfully obvious that they were running out of ideas and patience in the last quarter of the dungeon, which is decidedly poorer in quality than the first half, which is pretty darned good.

If the entire dungeon was up to the standards of the beginning, this would be a real keeper. But instead it winds down to what I felt was a disappointing ending. Still, you should note that the average rating is quite a bit higher than mine, indicating that several people enjoyed it more than I did.

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

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