You are crime reporter Billy Barker Whilst taking a break from your crime reporting activities you decide to tour Walesville, the home of castle ruins. As you decide to take a snapshot of a castle, you take a step backwards and disappear Fortunately, you aren't harmed, and are soon examining your new surroundings. You must escape the castle into which you have stumbled. So much for the plot. If the plot sounds a little thin, there is no case for complaints under the Trade Descriptions Act, since I found the game itself to be as thin as the title There is very little to it, and the problems set are quite obvious and straightforward.
There are several secret rooms to be discovered, and a few objects hidden within the room descriptions The only problem which set any remote kind of a challenge was how to get across a pond within which lurked a creature just waiting to devour me. Even so. the problem is easily solvable and should not pose anyone too many problems The game itself is quite small (29 locations) and of these, seven are used to create a maze. Mapping the game is quite straightforward, and even with the inclusion of the maze of tunnels, should not be beyond any adventurer, no matter how inexperienced.
The game has been converted to Amstrad format using the GAC, and is therefore available on both disc and tape. The game is firmly one for complete novices to attempt Intermediate and advanced adventurers will rip through the game in an hours or so, and may well be left with the feeling that the game doesn't represent value for money. Indeed, it must be emphasised that this game is being sold along with another of Damian Steele's (Black Mass - see my review in Probe, November 1993 .... Barbara) which does, I suppose, compensate a little for the lack of any real content in this game In short, if you're a novice, or don't like difficult adventures, then give this game a try Otherwise you may feel that your money would have been better spent on something else.
Available from The Adventure Workshop
Price : Amstrad £2 (tape) £4 (disc) including Black Mass.
Reviewed by Phill Ramsay on an Amstrad CPC