it's certainly been a long time coming, this one.
I think it was around 1982 when it first came
out on the Spectrum. Just in case you haven't
heard of this neat little parody, perhaps I should
mention that it's an illustrated Quilled game
very loosely based on the Tolkien saga, Lord
of the Rings. The game is split into three
parts, and parts two and three require passwords
to access them, so there's no cheating.
I reckon this game is showing its age a little now.
There isn't exactly an enormous amount to do, except
laugh at the very clever take-offs of the Hobbit way
of life. But once you've heard the Black Rider fart
a few times, marvelled at the stupidity of Fordo the
Boggit and got over the shock of seeing such a milestone
of fantasy literature mercilessly lampooned, the game
begins to wear a bit thin.
like this one pose a bit of a problem for the Wiz. They've
been reviewed often before, everybody says how brilliant
they are, and that makes it difficult to work out how
I would feel if this game suddenly fell onto my desk
out of nowhere with no previous history. I think I'd
probably have a very good laugh, point out that all
three games together give you quite a lot of places
to go, but not be wildly impressed with the actual gameplay.
Here's a sample from the game:
Fordo drank the ale, hiccupped twice, threw up all
over the place, fell over and immediately felt much
well there's plenty more where that came from. Those
who fancy mucho silliness will find this game very much
to their liking. I certainly found it extremely funny,
but I'm not sure how much time I'll actually spend playing
it once I've got over the humour. As a classic, this
is definitely a purchase to consider, but if you haven't
got 7.95 handy, don't weep too loudly.