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Castle of Riddles

Acornsoft 1982

Language:
English
Authors:
Peter Killworth info
Platforms:
BBC/Electron info
Genres:
Fantasy, misc.
Related:
1: Philosopher's Quest, 2: Castle of Riddles
Entered by:
ahope1, dave, Gunness, iamaran
Added:
10-05-2010
Edited:
28-01-2015

Synopsis

Plot

"The adventuring trade just isn't what it used to be," you reflect gloomily. "Nobody seems to need a trusty sword or a keen intellect any more." You're down to your last silver piece, and there's tomorrow's dinner yet to be found. Sitting at the inn you contemplate earning an honest living for a change. Perhaps a steady income wouldn't be too boring, after all...

Suddenly, a cold draught and the slam of the door distract you from your train of thought, and seconds later, a tall, silver-haired figure in a black cloak slips on to the bench next to you...

So begins your magical adventure, with wizardry and hocus pocus of all kinds, booby traps and fiendish riddles to be unravelled along the tortuous route to the Magic Ring of Power. Your reward is to keep the treasure that you find on the way.

Notes

It has been claimed that much of this game is the bits that were cut from Philosopher's Quest when it was released for the BBC by Acornsoft. However, the claim has been disputed: "The two originals were Castle of Riddles and Countdown to Doom. The former feels very much like Philosopher’s Quest II, although it is a completely original effort and not, as is sometimes reported, derived à la Zork II and III from yet-unused sections of Philosopher’s Quest‘s mainframe source, Brand X."

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