|★ AMSTRAD CPC ★ GAMESLIST ★ WISHBRINGER: THE MAGICK STONE OF DREAMS (c) INFOCOM ★|
Let's be brutally frank. This program is going to cost you nearly j twenty times as much as Treasure Tunnels, but the Pilg has no hesitation in recommending it for your collection. Like many of the other Infocom range, it's one: of the best reasons 1 can think ; the main thing about Wishbringer is that it's what Infocom level'game. That means that the program has keen carefully structured to appeal to those without too much adventuring experience. However* it's one of the few 'introductory' games that I know of that is also eminently suitable for advanced players on account of its humour, wit, and pungent atmosphere.
Wishbringer is firmly in the Infocom fantasy tradition, and it's a remarkable achievement considering that author Brian Moriarty had never attempted an adventure before. The plot is steeped sentimental simplicity but emerges all the stronger for it. You're a village postman in Festeron and on delivering a small package to the keeper of the Magicke Shoppe you discover that her been stolen.
Worse is to come, though, as you are told that the cat has been kidnapped by the 'Evil One'. There have been so many 'Evil Ones'in adventures that I reckon there must be at leasfian Evil Dozen, but this particular example makes its presence felt ; ediately by casting a hideous spell over a fantasy world into which you tumble on leaving the Shoppe. After that it's all up to you, And Wishbringer...
Wishbringer ¡s a small stone that bestows very special powers. You darv wish, for advice, darkness, flight, foresight, freedom , luck, or rain and believe me, by the time the game's have wished fervently for all seven more than once. You'll probably have wished for a number of other things too -like a hint book, or anti-poodle device.
You'll certainly need the latter to deal with a particularly vilelittle. cur that crops up early in the game and had the Pilg and his family in fits of laughter .
''The poodle glares at you through eyes red with hatred"., warns the program as you attempt to enter a cottage in the village.
KILL POODLE you enter in desperation.
"Are you KIDDING?", replies the program, "This poodle is MEAN!" And mean it certainly is. On top of all that, you get the usual masterful Infocom way of dealing with even the most obscure inputs, so that it becomes an amusing challenge to try and baffle it. In the post office I immediately attempted to EAT ENVELOPE, but "It seems unlikely that the mysterious envelope would agree with you," replies the program calmly.
Wishbringer is in the best Infocom tradition, which means that, £28.70 allowing, it just has to be yours!
AMSTRAD ACTION JUNE 1986
CPCrulez[Content Management System] v8.7-desktop/cache
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.