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- Freddy Pharkas frontier pharmacist -

After checking the net I saw plenty of favorable reviews for Freddy Pharkas: Frontier pharmacist and having never played I thought I'd give it a go. Freddy Pharkas is the main character in the game and the introduction is a ballad about this particular person. Freddy was an outstanding marksman as a young man until one day during a duel one of his ears was shot off. After that day Freddy vowed never to hold use a gun again so he went back to his first passion namely to become a pharmacist. Now years later Freddy resides in the town of Coarsegold but things aren't going well as most of the people are leaving and it's soon becoming a ghosttown. It's up to you to find out what exactly is going on and try to put an end to it.

The game is divided into four acts and at the start of the game you are free to walk around town and explore, this part of the game is the most "free" part there is as once you start with the plot it's hard to do anything but that so take your time. Once you've seen the town you should head back to your pharmacy so you can serve you customers. Customers will often have a prescription and you have to make their medicine yourself, this involves mixing chemicals and stuff and you need your book of medicine to do that (the manual). This is a vital part of the game as some problems will require you to make a potion or something similar that allows you to solve the puzzle. Later on things will get rough and you will find out that it's no coincidence that people are leaving the town. In good old western tradition you'll have to catch cheating poker players, stop the badguys from taking over and finally have a shootout with them.

So does Freddy Pharkas stand up to all the praise it's getting? Well personally I'd have to say no because there are a number of things that really put me off the game. First the medicine making is way to laborious and it basically requires you to look it up in the manual and then mix all the ingredients together which to me is really annoying. Sometimes I think they put this part in to make the game longer because it's quite short for an adventure game. The three main puzzles in the first act are in fact to make medicine for some people only to go to act two which throws a couple of timed puzzles at you basically ruining most of the game for me. Other people have commented on how funny the game is but personally I don't really see the humor of it, maybe it's just my taste. Why other people rate this game so highly is quite a mystery to me as Sierra has made tons of better adventures but I'd suggest you take a look and judge it for yourself.

Overal rating: 4/10

Erde Kaiser


This game was released for one system here are some notes:
DOS Released in 1993.
The manual is a must as you need it to make all the medicine in the game.

Date added Apr-21-2006 19:56
Name Freddy Pharkas frontier pharmacist
Developer Sierra on-line
Publisher Sierra on-line
First released 1993
Genre Adventure
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