|★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ GAMESLIST ★ THE TRIAL OF ARNOLD BLACKWOOD (c) NEMESIS/STRATEGY SOFTWARE ★|
|THE AMSTRAD USER||Adventure Probe|
I've just 'died'again. That makes the score: Trials = 3, Me = 0. Not that The Trials of Arnold Blackwood keep score, it's much too sophisticated for mundane score keeping, rather, it is an adventure game, and a most unusual one at that.
Arnold Blackwood awakes from a knock on his head to find himself suffering from amnesia, although he does remember his name and the fact that he is in the middle of Lord Erebus'estate. The eerie music adds to the atmosphere. Your help is enlisted to get him out of the mess, so you jump on his shoulders and proceed N, S, E, or W.
The game is well written with clear graphics and a good sense of humour. A sensible feature is a display that shows you your previous moves* and a facility to save a partly completed game. It follows the now standard 'two word'commands and uses some 80 verbs and 50 nouns. This allows the operator to be less than precise in providing instructions, and use 3-characters only for each verb and noun. But the game is full of wit and certainly uses the sound generator to good effect The fact that you don't know what Arnold Blackwood and yourself are trying to achieve makes the game that more interesting. Being faced with problems such as:
It is very difficult to tear yourself away from the game and thereby ruin your train of thought.
For those who enjoy adventure games, devious in their nature, yet humorous, thought provoking yet entertaining, I would seriously recommend The Trials of Arnold Blackwood.
Now for another attempt, and this time when I see the Brick Wall I'll ............BANG HEAD?
A review by Philip Riley, TAU#1
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L'Amstrad CPC est une machine 8 bits à base d'un Z80 à 4MHz. Le premier de la gamme fut le CPC 464 en 1984, équipé d'un lecteur de cassettes intégré il se plaçait en concurrent du Commodore C64 beaucoup plus compliqué à utiliser et plus cher. Ce fut un réel succès et sorti cette même années le CPC 664 équipé d'un lecteur de disquettes trois pouces intégré. Sa vie fut de courte durée puisqu'en 1985 il fut remplacé par le CPC 6128 qui était plus compact, plus soigné et surtout qui avait 128Ko de RAM au lieu de 64Ko.