Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Classic Game Review: Sherwood Forest

"#'*%&," he said as he unsuccessfully tried to get out of the 'Little Twisty Passages' in the Colossal Cave. Well, don't try typing that into this adventure.
The people at Phoenix Software don't take kindly to people who swear. They do, however, take good care of logical two word commands. 'Sherwood Forest' is similar, in many respects, to most of the picture oriented adventure games on the market today. The top portion of the screen displays a room (the generic term for your current location), while the bottom four lines are text and give a verbal description. What sets this game apart is in how well it performs the required transition from 'room' to 'room.' The speed of picture creation is almost frightening, but even more amazing is the quality of the picture once it arrives.
There is ABSOLUTELY no bleeding of one colour into the next. Each scene is exceptionally well drawn, and some of them are even partially animated. The animation consists mostly of blinking or shifting eyes, a scene with smoke rising is very nicely presented.
The puzzles, for the most part, are simple, straightforward and logical prompting Phoenix Software to classify this Class 3 Adventure. If you really like sinking your teeth into an adventure game, this one will be like a couple of sticks of chewing gum. A master adventurer should be able to solve the entire adventure in an afternoon. There are less than 50 separate scenes and only about 25 puzzles to be solved. The first few puzzles are exceptionally easy, making this a very fine beginner's introduction to adventure gaming. But, there are still a few challenges that might tempt you to enter an expletive or two. Finally, there is even a separate screen to reward successful completion of the adventure. I don't know about you. But after spending a couple of weeks solving a horde of puzzles, it's a real let down to just see, 'GAME FINISHED, DO YOU WISH TO PLAY AGAIN?' at the bottom of the screen!
Should a puzzle get the best of you, Phoenix has prepared a map and hint sheet that they will send in a self addressed stamped envelope. It took only a few days for them to respond to my request. The hint sheet is even coded to prevent accidentally reading a clue you did not want. Up to ten versions of the game can be saved on a separate disk. Those of you with two drives will appreciate the fact that the save disk can be placed in drive two, meaning you never have to swap disks during play.
Phoenix has put everything in place to allow them to create a really great adventure game. Sherwood Forest isn't bad, it's just too short. Look for great things to come when they produce a 'Class 1 adventure.' Then let the foul invectives Fly!
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