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- Jinxter -

Back in the days when games were just beginning their uprise they didn't have fancy graphics or surround sound. The text adventure or interactive fiction as they are also known were the most comprehensive games around at the time apart from the quick and dirty action games. The company most people know are infocom who made some fantastic games but there was magnetic scrolls as well who altough not nearly as high profile as infocom made some games that were very well received. Jinxter is such a game and it takes the regular approach to text adventure and add's some new stuff as well.

Though named as a text adventure you do get to see artwork throughout the game, they don't animate and mostly serve to give a view of your surroundings but it's a nice change from the text-only games that were the norm. You start off the game in a bus and you're on your way home from a hard days work but when you step out of the bus and pick up an item you dropped you are about to be run over by a big bus. Frozen the only thing you can do is to face death but luckily a guardian helps you out of the way and while eating a sandwich hands you a document which upon examining looks like the document in included with the game. Basically it says that there is a bracelet created by a magician that keeps all of the good fortune of Aquitania safe and it's been stolen by some witches and now the country and all it's households are jinxed. To you comes the task of recovering the bracelet and saving the country. Having delivered the message your guardian disappears and leaves you standing to do your thing. He still bothers to pay you a visit if you're in a clinch and saves your life so you can get on with your job, that means unlike practically every other game out there you can't really die in the game which is quite novel.

You'll get into a host of adventure trying to regain the bracelet which has been broken into parts and you get to do things like snorkeling and mousecatching before the game is over. Aquitania is a living world as well and most people are oblivious to the dangers that are coming and try to go on with their lives. To get their help you'll have to be inventive but try to figure out what they want and you're sure to get their attention. Some puzzles can be solved in more than one way though but the answer is not always what you think. Others can be simply a bit of a chore like going through a door even though you have the key with you, you must unluck it then open it and then you can enter. Yes it's what you have to do but in a game it's a bit of a chore. Other puzzles require you to WAIT in place for a number of turns which is boring. There's also possibilities where you don't complete a puzzle and you cannot go on later on in the game but this is a problem with most adventures at that time.

Jinxter is a game with quite a lot of humor which is good because those all too serious games are sometimes less fun to play. The fact that you can't die is also a big plus. The manual is also nicely done and at first glance it looks like a newspaper but it is in fact the game manual and has plenty of humorous articles to read. There are some flaws with the game but they are common problems with most other games. If you're done with those old infocom games and haven't seen this yet or if you're simply looking for a nice IF game you should definately check this out. All the versions are mostly alike so just choose the one you prefer.

Overal rating: 8.5/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for many different systems here are some notes:
Amiga Released in 1988.
Amstrad CPC Released in 1988.
C64 Released in 1988.
DOS Released in 1988.
Others These versions are not available.
Atari 8-bit released in 1988.
Atari ST released in 1988.
ZX Spectrum released in 1988.

Date added Nov-12-2006 12:29
Name Jinxter
Developer Magnetic scrolls
Publisher Rainbird
First released 1988
Genre Interactive Fiction
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