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Caverne des Morlocks, La - Review

Review by jgerrie

Ratings

Parser/Vocabulary
5
Atmosphere
10
Cruelty
Tough
Puzzles
5
Overall
6
Written:
27-08-2015
Last edited:
09-09-2015
Platform:
TRS-80 MC-10/Matra Alice

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This text adventure in the 8-bit BASIC program category is unique in several ways.
First, its design permits multiple narrative pathways to the completion of the adventure (despite the limits imposed on these possibilities by the 8-bit machine hardware it was developed on--the Matra-Hachette 'Alice' computer).
Second, its single key entry decision and navigation system is a refreshing departure from the much more standard two word parser system, and is very appropriate for its multiple attempt variable ending play format.
Third, it is based (very roughly) on a classic work of fiction.

Although its single keystroke system is somewhat similar to other extremely simple early BASIC text adventures, the number of rooms, the multiplicity of narrative arches (in which randomness, decisions and the objects and paths selected make a substantial difference), and the playful and well crafted scenarios make for quite an enjoyable hour or so of distraction. Although a game like this will be of no interest to hard core modern players of interactive fiction, it certainly will be of interest to those curious about early 8-bit computer systems and the Basic programming efforts of coders grappling with the inherent limitations of such systems.




Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 5/10)

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Atmosphere (Rating: 10/10)

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Cruelty (Rating: Tough)

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Puzzles (Rating: 5/10)

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Overall (Rating: 6/10)

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