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Welcome to Game of the Week! Each week there will be a new featured game on this page. The game may be good, average or diabolically bad, it really doesn't matter! Just look at the pics, read the text and enjoy the nostalgia! :-) Game of the Week! is open to contributions so if you would like to contribute a game article for this page you're more than welcome to! Every article we receive will be considered!
Ice Station Zero
Faerie
Quann Tulla
1985 8th Day Software
 
Most text of the present article comes from the review published in the ninth issue of the British C64 magazine ZZAP!64 (Christmas 1985).
 
ICE STATION ZERO,
FAERIE, QUANN TULLA
8th Day, 2.50 each cass
 

t may seem a bit odd to group three games together in one review, but in this case there's a good reason. They're all from the same software company, simultaneously released at the same budget price (2.50), and all Quilled, which gives them a certain je ne sais sameness.


There's no doubt that we have a lot to bless the Quill for -- Hampstead and Terrormolinos and a couple of good examples of Quill orientated games -- and of course it's brought pleasure to hundreds of DIY adventurers. The real value of the program, however, has been to demonstrate that it's ideas that make a good adventure, not fancy programming -- so if you're going to go out into the street (as the Eighth Day are doing) you've got to be pretty sure they're overflowing with original material.


The three games mentioned here are a pretty mixed bag, however. I didn't get much satisfaction out of Ice Station Zero -- even considering the budget price. The plot is a bit half baked and has you zooming off (or struggling off, rather) across the Arctic ice cap to stop a terrorist from blowing up the world. Some of the puzzles are quite original and some of them are also extremely tricky, however, I was conscious only of a distinct lack of thrills when playing the game. You might disagree, and I don't suppose for 2.50 you aren't risking too much to find out. Don't of course, expect any graphics, or hundreds of locations -- but then you're not paying for them are you?

Faerie is a bit more interesting -- it's a whimsical combination of Midsummers Night's Dream, Ancient Magic and Middle Earth, and has you escaping from bulls, waving wands and tripping in and out of Fairy circles in your search for treasure. As a Wizard with an eye for all that glitters, I found this one more to my liking. It also seemed to have a bit more to it than Ice Station Zero, and the puzzles, while tricky in parts, were more logical and better devised.

Quann Tulla throws you into a far off where you must juggle with Limpetbombs, Droids and Speaktalk machines as you attempt to strike a blow for freedom against the usual malevolent Empire. There seem to be a large number of puzzles in this game, though most of them were concerned with using objects in a certain way, as opposed to Faerie, which did have a bit more emphasis on how you behaved.

On balance, I reckon Ice Station Zero is the weakest of these three, and probably not really worth the pennies. However, if you've got three pound coins in your pocket then you might be tempted by Faerie or Quann Tulla. I certainly wouldn't complain if I found one in my stocking on Christmas day.

 
FAERIE     ICE STATION ZERO  
Atmosphere 58%   Atmosphere 48%
Interaction 55%   Interaction 52%
Lasting Interest 55%   Lasting Interest 50%

Value for Money

68%   Value for Money 55%

Overall

60%   Overall 52%
 
QUANN TULLA  
Atmosphere 55%
Interaction 55%
Lasting Interest 55%

Value for Money

65%

Overall

59%
 


If you want a walkthrough, visit
Jacob Gunness
' Classic Adventures Solution Archive or
Martin Brunner's C64 Adventure Game Solutions Site

Htmlized by Dimitris Kiminas (15 Nov 2003)
There were no screenshots in the original review.

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