IFReviewed by Tom Zuchowski on 2006-05-06 09:21
MAIN PGM Version: 5.0
Extra Commands: DRINK, UNLOCK
Deleted Commands: None
Special Features: None
Playing Time: 1-2 hours
Reviewer Rating: 3.0
Average Rating: 3.0/2
Description: "You have been chosen to journey into the Caverns of Doom to recover the stolen machinery desperately needed by the Apple Computer Corporation for their new computer, the Apple IIe.
"The town will reward you for each piece of machinery returned. In addition, Hokas Tokas says that he will reward you himself."
Comment: This Eamon starts with much promise, but it is not well turned out and shows a severe lack of final polishing. There are tons of text errors of just about every kind. The room exits are usually well enough marked on this 100-room map, but there are several significant room connection errors.
There is no theme to the adventure. You'll see Egyptian pharaohs, mad scientists, dinosaurs, demons, Superman, evil priests, and more. That probably lowered my rating as much as anything. There are several death traps. The artifacts are apparently quite heavy; I was unable to carry more than a handful at any time.
This is not an easy Eamon. Between the mapping problems and some tough bad guys, a difficulty rating of (8) is none too high. But there's more. I could find no way to exit the dungeon after having completed the Quest! Spelunking the MAIN PGM with Program Writer revealed that the UNLOCK command does nothing except set a variable that is not used anywhere else. I can only conclude that this is yet another bit that didn't quite get that final polish.
Hint: when carrying the sword TELON, you will be randomly teleported every 15-20 moves. There is no text or message, it just happens. It looks like a bug, but it's that way on purpose. Used with Matthew Clark's kind permition.
Original review available at Eamon Adventurer's Guild Online website.