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Game #3829
Black Sanctum, The  
Interactive Fiction   Graphical IF

Rating: 8.38 (13 votes)

Black Sanctum, The box cover

Black Sanctum, The screenshot
In mid-1980s, a small company called Mark Data Products released 6 parser-based graphic adventure games similar to early Polarware and Scott Adams titles. While the games are reasonably successful on Tandy's CoCo computer, the IBM PC versions did not achieve the same level of success. While the graphics are quite good at the time, the parser is quite primitive - only simple verb+noun constructs such as GET HAT are understood, and some verbs that are common in IF games such as SEARCH are not always recognized. Fortunately, the games make up for primitive parser with well-written plot, fun characters, and some clever puzzles.

The plot of The Black Sanctum: "Encounter the forces of black magic as you roam around an old 18th century monastery. See all the evil locations in this spooky adventure in full hi-res detail. If you like suspense, you'll love searching out and destroying the evil in this classic tale."

Thanks to the generosity of Bob Withers, co-creator of these underdogs who put both the games and their source codes up on his website for free download, you can now experience a forgotten past of the early days of adventure gaming. All are recommended, but if you want the best of the bunch, I highly recommend my personal favorites: Trekboer and Calixto Island.

Reviewed by: Underdogs

Designer: Bob Withers & Ron Krebs
Developer: Mark Data Products
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1984
Software Copyright: Mark Data Products
Theme: Horror
Multiplayer:  
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Official site
Links:    
If you like this game, try: Transylvania, Personal Nightmare, Calixto Island

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