Author: CRPG Addict

Planet’s Edge: Two Seasons

The Moonbase commander congratulates us on retrieving one of the eight artifacts.             As several commenters have noted, Planet’s Edge has shaped up to have a real Star Trek feel, with the quest titles obvious analogues for episode titles. In fact, it’s safe to say that without budget constraints for […]

Game 363: Ultima VII: The Black Gate

A deceptively pleasant introductory screen.               Ultima VII: The Black Gate United StatesORIGIN Systems (developer and publisher) Released in 1992 for DOS; 1994 for SNES Forge of Virtue expansion released later in 1992 for DOS Date Started: 20 March 2020 I first played Ultima VII in 1999. I had just […]

Game 362: OrbQuest (1981)

I’m playing the second edition of the game. The first is not available anywhere.              OrbQuest United StatesAlternate World Simulations Released in 1981 for CP/M Date Started: 10 March 2020 Date Finished: 15 March 2020 Total Hours: 25 Difficulty: Moderate-Hard (3.5/5) Final Rating: (to come later) Ranking at time of […]

Game 361: Planet’s Edge (1992)

Note that the game’s title screen does not technically exclude the possibility of returning from this point.           Planet’s Edge United States New World Computing (developer and publisher) Released 1991 for DOS, 1993 for FM Towns and PC-98 Date Started: 5 March 2020            Because it […]

Game 360: Quest for Power (1981)

Problem #1: Nothing Arthur or Galahad did was done “for power.”           Quest for Power United States Crystalware (developer and original publisher); Epyx (later publisher) Released in 1981 for Atari 800 and Apple II. Rereleased in 1982 as King Arthur’s Heir Date Started: 5 March 2019 Date Finished: 5 March […]

Ishar: Trophy RPG

A minotaur takes apart my party while I hit him occasionally for 2 hit points.             Aside from its graphics and sound, which I began my first entry by praising, Ishar feels like a “lite” version of every game that inspired it. It’s like it took a bunch of other […]

Ragnarok: Gods and Giants

About how it goes every time I face a new monster.             Playing Ragnarok is a process of repeatedly convincing yourself that your character is getting stronger and you’re getting better and then suddenly getting torn apart–quite literally–by the next level of foe. That’s not quite a complaint, but it’s […]

Tenth Anniversary!

Today, the Ides of February, is the 10th anniversary of the CRPG Addict. I have no long screed for you today. The value that I get from this project, my gratitude toward my readers and commenters, my hopes for the future, have mostly been encapsulated already in my recent 10th-anniversary […]

Game 355: The Devil’s Dungeon (1978)

Since there’s no in-game title, here’s the title from the printed instructions.           The Devil’s Dungeon United States Written and published as code by C. William EngelVersions released for BASIC computers (1978), Atari 800 (1979), Commodore VIC-20 (1983), Apple II (1984), TI-99 (1984), and Commodore 64 (1984)Date Started: 4 February […]