Author: CRPG Addict

Game 347: Mirai (1987)

I believe these characters translate literally as “not yet come,” which is as good as any way to say “the future.”       Mirai Japan Xain (developer and publisher) Released 1987* for PC-88, PC-98, MSX, and Sharp X1 Date Started: 13 November 2019 Date Ended: 17 November 2019 Total Hours: 6 […]

Game 346: Deadly Towers (1986)

            Deadly Towers Also known as Mashou or Mashō (Japanese) Japan Lenar and Tamtex (developers); Irem (Japanese publisher); Brøderbund (North American publisher) Released 1986 for NES Date Started: 4 November 2019 Date Ended: 10 November 2019 Total Hours: 17 Difficulty: Hard (4/5) Final Rating: (to come later) Ranking at time […]

Game 344: Bandor II (1992)

That’s a lazy title graphic.                 Bandor II United States Magic Lemon (developer and publisher) Released as shareware in 1992 for DOS Date Started: 26 October 2019 Date Finished: 28 October 2019 Total Hours: 14 Difficulty: Moderate-Hard (3.5/5) Final Rating: (to come later) Ranking at time of posting: (to come later) […]

Game 343: Camelot (1982)

Hardly anyone has won this game.            Camelot United States Independently developed in 1982 at the PLATO mainframe at the University of Illinois Date Started: 20 April 2019            As far as we know, and until someone comes along with evidence of earlier creations, the first computer RPGs were developed […]

Game 342: The Forgotten Island (1981)

This is not the one they’ll remember him for.               The Forgotten Island United States Liberty Software (developer); Crystalware (original publisher); Automated Simulations (later publisher) Released in 1981 for Atari 800. Rereleased in 1982 as Escape from Vulcan’s Isle Date Started: 23 October 2019 Date Finished: 23 October 2019 Total […]

Game 341: Shape Shifter (1992)

           Shape Shifter United States Independently developed and released as shareware Released in 1992 for DOS Date Started: 17 October 2019 Date Finished: 18 October 2019 Total Hours: 4 Difficulty: Easy (2/5) Final Rating: (to come later) Ranking at time of posting: (to come later) Some years ago, I modified […]

A quick update

Things have settled down and I’m enjoying my new teaching role. The primary problem is that I didn’t conclude all my contracts before starting this new job. Some of them are perilously overdue, and the fiscal year under which I operate ends on 30 September. Thus, I have been spending […]

SpellCraft: Aspects of Valor: Summary and Rating

What awaited me if I had won the game.        SpellCraft: Aspects of Valor United States Tsunami Productions (developer); ASCII Entertainment Software (publisher) Released in 1992 for DOS; SNES port developed but never released Date Started: 27 July 2019 Date Finished: 25 August 2019 Total Hours: 26Difficulty: Hard (4/5)Final Rating: […]

Treasures of the Savage Frontier: Won! (with Summary and Rating)

Reminder: It is possible to play this game with “evil” characters.              Treasures of the Savage Frontier United States Beyond Software (developer); Strategic Simulations, Inc. (publisher) Released in 1992 for Amiga and DOS Date Started: 20 July 2019 Date Finished: 2 August 2019 Total Hours: 31Difficulty: Easy-Moderate (2.5/5)Final Rating: (to […]

Treasures of the Savage Frontier: Red Menace

Imagine what the Zhentarim could accomplish with Twitter.               Treasures of the Savage Frontier gives us a plot in which an authoritarian regime from far to the east collaborates with local plutocrats and religious fanatics to wage a war of mis-information, thus demoralizing and destabilizing the free people of the […]