Friday, 23 January 2015

Retrochallenge week .....

Okay, so seven or eight days isn't a lot of time to take apart Apshai or Morloc.

So instead, I'm going to do their predecessor. Called, creatively "Dungeon" it is one of the first Dungeon Crawlers for home computers (as opposed to University computers)

It was actually published in "Cursor" Magazine. This is a predecessor of things like "Your Sinclair" where they used to put games on cover tapes (and later disks) and the magazines which used to print games listings except that most of the content was on the cassette itself.

One completely insane entertaining website I subscribe to is This chap is attempting to play every single CRPG ever (I suspect he will have to stop when the PSX era kicks in as it would be impossible to keep ahead), which includes games like Apshai and of course Dungeon.

He has finished it, and he writes all about it here. One question he asks is "I don't know if there's a way to win the game" and the answer to this is, yes, it is possible to win, by collecting all the gold.

There are a couple of ... action .... videos on YouTube which give you some feel of the game play. I would skip the first minute or so, as it takes about a minute to set the maze up. See here for example.

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