This BASIC adventure game was written by young programmer Danny Taylor, who is a big fan of adventure games and the inspiration for this one was derived from Bard's Tale, Miracle Warriors and Fighting Fantasy.
The storyline goes something like this: Many years ago, the land of Murdinia was a peaceful and beautiful country, inhabited by Humans, Elves, and Dwarves who lived in harmony and shared the land between them. One day, a young magician's apprentice was experimenting with magic while his master was away (why is it that apprentices always seem to do this?), when he came across an old dusty book, hidden in a chest full of ancient artifacts. He opened the book and all the pages were blank, except one. This single page contained a chant which was not labelled and was like nothing the young man had ever seen before. So, in his curiosity, he read it out loud to see what would happen. This proved to be a big mistake because, unknown to him, the magic chant had freed an evil warlock who had been banished forever into the bleak dimension of limbo...
You play the part of one of one hundred skilled warriors sent out into the wilderness by the resistance movement to kill the Evil Warlock. When Town Quest is run, a menu appears, in which the instructions, Credits, general information or play can be chosen.
Either Human, Elf or Dwarf car be chosen as the character of the warriors, each has its own strengths and weaknesses and the outcome of the game is somewhat dependent on the chosen character and whether you like fighting the various monsters. It is quite safe to say that Town Quest has more monsters in it than seen in any other game.
The main screen is divided into 3 windows. The first displays status as Skill, Stamina, IQ, Current Level, Attack damage, Gold, Experience, Food, Maze Level, and monsters killed. The second window is the responses menu, where information about the current situation is displayed. The third window shows the map, from which progress can be observed.
Town Quest is nicely presented and it is obvious that a great deal of time and care has gone into its creation. The only minus point is its lack of speed, but apart from that, a good game!