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Beneath the Temple of Zeus - Review

Review by Sudders

Ratings

Parser/Vocabulary
6
Atmosphere
4
Cruelty
Polite
Puzzles
4
Overall
5
Written:
02-06-2016
Last edited:
Platform:
TRS-80 MC-10/Matra Alice

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I played this on a TRS-80 MC-10 emulator. Having noticed a few adventures included I thought I'd try another as I quite enjoyed the green screen last time.
This is a pretty simple adventure where you need to find your way under the Temple of Zeus and dispatch an evil creature.
You start off with some key items and have the hardest part of the quest in the temple itself. It's a pretty bland environment of just pillars and it took me a while to work out what to do with no obvious clues. I couldn't see any difference between long and short descriptions.
It's a pretty bland adventure on the whole, with about 80 rooms but only about 15 descriptions. "Mighty Pillar" as a description for example can get a bit dull, especially as most rooms serve no purpose.
There are a couple of mildly interesting puzzles but it's far from taxing. I did quite enjoy the bit at the end but it was very simple and linear.
Vaguely interesting but not worth going out of your way for.




Parser/Vocabulary (Rating: 6/10)

Very simple, but not too much to do so this isn't an issue.

Atmosphere (Rating: 4/10)

The bits with the creature are fun, but otherwise lots or repetition.

Cruelty (Rating: Polite)

Two or three points where you can be scuppered and have to start again. Once spotted easy to work around.

Puzzles (Rating: 4/10)

Simple. Not a strong point and one of them is just frustrating until you get it.

Overall (Rating: 5/10)

I expected a bit more from this, but it's a very simple adventure so maybe that was unfair. One for the completists only.