Mr. Bill's Adventureland Review
Reviewed by Mr. Bill & Lela
This is one of our all-time favorite games for several reasons. For one thing it introduced us for the first time to Discworld, that demented world created by best-selling English author Terry Pratchett.
The Discworld is a circular flat planet (sail too far and you'll fall off the edge) that is being carried through space on the shoulders of four giant elephants, which themselves perch upon the shell of a giant flying turtle, the Great A'Tuin. Somewhere near the middle of the planet lies its oldest city, Ankh-Morpork, home to a festering conglomeration of races... including but not limited to trolls, dwarves, dragons, wizards and humans, all ruled over by the benevolent tyranny of The Patrician.
As you might imagine, such a setting could give rise to any number of fascinating and hilarious stories, as indeed it has. But of all the characters in the many, many books of this phenomenally successful series, none has been as universally popular as Rincewind, the star of this game.
Rincewind is a wizard... the most inept and cowardly wizard that Unseen University has yet produced out of a long line of such. And Rincewind has a problem. A dragon has been threatening Ankh-Morpork. The wizards at Unseen University are expected to get rid of it, and simply because Rincewind is easily the most expendable of the lot, he has been elected to do it, despite his protests. The game is the saga of how he manages to do this, and the puzzles that you must solve to do so are not typical, by any stretch of the imagination. Instead they use the same insane logic as the rest of the Discworld, so we suspect that you'll need a walkthrough to solve some of them... we did.
The game is filled with hilarious tongue-in-cheek social commentary, atrocious puns, and unforgettable characters. Our favorite character is 'Death', and we guarantee you that once you play this game, you will never be able to think of the 'Grim Reaper' in quite the same way again! And if all that weren't enough, the game also contains a couple of the most brilliant 'Gotchas' that we've ever run across in adventure gaming. We don't want to spoil the surprises, but in case you miss them when you play the game, you can find them on our Just For Laughs page.
It is a 2D, 3rd person, point & click game, with voice (Monty Python's Eric Idle does smart-mouthed Rincewind), subtitles, music (turn on your speakers and refresh to hear some now), and a walking, puppy-dog-like inventory called 'Luggage' that follows you around. Enjoy!
Developed (1995) by Perfect Entertainment (no longer exists) and published by Psygnosis (no longer exists).
Rated: T for Teen 13+ (comic mischief, use of tobacco and alcohol, suggestive themes)
Minimum System Requirements:
PC: 386 IBM or 100% Compatible; DOS; 4 MB of RAM; CD-ROM Drive; VGA Video Card (256 Colors); Supports General Midi, SoundBlaster, AdLib or 100% Compatible Sound Cards; Keyboard; Mouse Recommended
Where To Buy This Game:
The best chance for finding this game would be at used software places or auctions or trading sites. Our Places To Buy Games page may be able to assist you in finding a copy of this game.
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