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Haunted Forest - Review

Review by jgerrie

Ratings

Parser/Vocabulary
5
Atmosphere
7
Cruelty
Merciful
Overall
6
Written:
03-03-2016
Last edited:
Platform:
VZ200/300

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This is a little adventure for the VZ-200/300 8-bit computer and the TRS-80 MC-10 about escaping from a mysterious forest. It is not hard. It has some random elements that will bring about your demise in arbitrary ways, but if you simply looking for a about 20 minutes of 8-bit two-word parser nostalgia, you could do worse. As with many games of this type, the world can appear much larger than it is, until you get down to the business of real mapping. There are some very subtle clues to help you make guesses about the quirks of the limited vocabulary, which can help get you out of trouble. Or you can simply peek at the listing...

Oh and there's a cute little graphic title page. Nice work unknown author, and the person who revised it for the VZ-200. There are few errors in the programs handling of the tunnel and the carrying of items, that I fixed in the MC-10 Version, but they won't necessarily stop you from winning. You start each game at a random location.




Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 5/10)

Two-word. Quite specific. VZ200 version has some quirks.

Atmosphere (Rating: 7/10)

Spooky.

Cruelty (Rating: Merciful)

Not overly.

Overall (Rating: 6/10)

Nice animated title screen.