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- Very big cave adventure, the -

When you think about text adventures or interactive fiction the first that comes to (my) mind is Infocom who created tons of great titles in the genre. Obviously there were a lot more developers into the genre and this game is a big spoof on the wellknown Collossal cave adventure en adventure games in general.

The start of the game is classic, you are in front of a house in the woods what do you want to do. You can use the standard syntax common in most text adventures like N for north and E for east so there's nothing crazy there. It soon becomes apparent though that the game doesn't take itself very seriously right next to the house is a hill and the accompying text explains there is no reason to have a hill in this game and even though you walked west to get there you can walk north to get back to the house. Soon you'll also come across a bull standing in a gully who asks you 'are you still there?' and when answering with NO he will leave you alone since he is a gully-bull. The whole game is littered with weird humor like that and though some of it's quite cheeky I found myself laughing at a lot of them. The main object of the game is to explore the caves and gather as much treasure as you can while staying alive so you can get out and enjoy the treasure.

Not everybody's into text adventures given their old fashioned or even non-existent looks but many do offer great compelling stories. Since this game is a bit of a spoof you won't find much of a story and a lot of cliches but many of them are presented in such a way that you have to think outside of the box for a change. The old swearing which was never allowed actually has a use in this game for instance! If you're looking for a different kind of adventure then this game is definately worth a try.

Overal rating: 7/10

Erde Kaiser

This game was released for several different systems here are some notes:
Amstrad CPC Released in 1986.
There is some horrible use of colors making it painfull to watch the screen, comeon blue text on a red background!?
C64 Released in 1986.
Even with the C64's limited color palette the graphics are the best of the bunch, the caves all seem alike though but hey a cave is a cave is a cave.
ZX Spectrum Released in 1986.
The ZX version is the only one with sound and special effects like throwing a bomb will actually flash the screen and produce some noice. Every letter you type makes a noise too which is annoying though.

Date added Nov-02-2007 15:23
Name Very big cave adventure, the
Developer St. Brides School
Publisher CRL
First released 1986
Genre Interactive Fiction
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Commodore 64, filesize: 98 Kb
ZX Spectrum, filesize: 59 Kb
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