IFReviewed by Dan Cross on 2006-05-06 08:53
Reviewer’s Rating: 7
Difficulty Rating: 8
Extra Commands: none
Playing Time: 2-3 hours
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to go back to the days of your childhood?, your youth?, or more importantly, back to the Beginner’s Cave? We’ve all heard the expression “You can never go back”. Have you ever tried only to be stopped by William Missilefire? Oh sure, you can create a new character and start all over again, but have you ever dreamed of what it would be like to take that seasoned adventurer you’ve painstakingly build over the last couple of years, back to where it all began?
For obvious reasons, the Beginner’s Cave has to be one of the most oft-played scenarios. Surely, we must know it by heart! So Eamon Bluff is going to play to a pretty tough audience, right? Only a first-rate story teller could pull this one off. It’s the same everything and yet, it’s not the way you remember it. “You are at the mouth of a dark cave set into the hillside. A sign above you says (..ginn.rs..nly).. and goes south here into the mouth. Another sign here is splattered with blood with a skull and crossbones etched in it”. Thus begins your destiny with déjà vu. Make no mistake, this is not a rip-off. You know the old saying, just when you think you’ve seen it all before, etc.
Eamon Bluff is the perfect time machine. H.G. Wells couldn’t have done it better. Tim Berge not only allows you to adventure into the past, but more specifically creates a journey through YOUR past. And this is what I liked best. I don’t know about you, but I suspect if we compared skeletons in our closets I’m not the only one who would like to go back and make things right. In the Beginner’s Cave I took anything and everything I could get. I stopped at nothing, not even murder. I killed the very friends that helped me through the cave, with one exception, Cynthia (for the reward of course. I wanted to sell their weapons so I could get even more money. Take, take, take, you get the picture. Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
I know by now you’re probably asking yourself, among other things, Is it really possible to go back and change the past? And if so how will that affect my future? To find out, ‘borrow’ that horse again and wake up those monsters with the new battle-cry “Forward into the Past!!!”.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.