If you ask a scientist what sin atom looks like you'll probably be told it s made up of a nucleus of protons and neutrons oroned by electrons Which is apparently complete rubbish In this game, you play Edmond an accident-prone electron wno has managed to crash-land his orbiter in the city of Elektronz a long way from his home You must nelp him to return. In the process of this you will learn everything about tne life of a lone electron
You begin in the wreckage of your orbital with no obvious means of how you might go about repairing the said piece of equipment In fact, its beyond repair, sc its a case of finding another one to take its place A little cannibalism here may help you later on in the game Examining your surroundings, you'll find various strange places to visit. At one point there is an attractive female electron standing on a street comer Edmond comes to the conclusion that she must be one of the “loose electrons of which he has heard so many strange stories.
Indeed, in one area. I found a creature hiding from trolls - whatever they might be So I left it in peace and carried on further into the game. I managed to find a laboratory which was run by Matthew Einstein, who is working on an invention which will measure the charge of things. If you give him the right ob|ect, you may well find that your generosity is reciprocated.
There is a club which is guarded by bouncers which you cannot enter "Looking like that The solution to this was a witty play on words which should have most people who play this game groaning aloud. In fact there are many instances of such playing on words throughout the game, and if you are a tan of such strangulation of the English Language you'll like this game. Having been allowed into the Club, you may if you re crafty, manage to obtain some money from the gang leader you will meet there If not your relations with him may well be less than cordial.
Eventually, you may end in jail, and it may even seem as though you re going to be there for infinity But after all, why not give infinity a try? It is a pity that road works prevent you from exploring more than a very tiny fragment of it It occurred to me that infinity was rather a contradictory term for the place where I found myself, but that s another argument
Back in Elektronz , I found a dwelling (known of course as a Proton) which I could not at first enter. To get inside you need to do two things, and remember what you are supposed to be Eventually, if you've brought something with you from the region of infinity, you may find the end of your quest in the form of an abandoned orbiter. The game is moderately difficult but I wouldn't say it s beyond most adventurers Help is of course available from Phil Reynolds The game is available on disc only since it runs under CPM. If you enjoy a slice of humour in your adventure playing then this game is wortn looking at.
- Amstrad version available from The Adventure Workshop Price £4 (disc only! including free game The Quest For The Holy Snail also by Gareth Pitchford.
- Spectrum version available from Zenobi Software as the compilation "Hamster Droppings" which also includes Quest For The Holy Snail, First Past The Post anc Get Me To The Church On Time Price: £2.99 (tape) , £2.99 (+3 disc)
Reviewed bv Phill Ramsav on an Amstrad CPC