One of the most unique adventures ever made, Loom is a brainchild of Brian Moriarty (the progenitor of Infocom's Wishbringer and Trinity). The game's intriguing plot is enough to insure its classic status: you are Bobbin Threadbare, the mysterious "Loom child" and member of the Weaver Guild who must embark on a perilous journey to follow his guild members who were turned into geese and flew away from the Loom island. Moriarty went even further by giving us no inventory. Instead, all puzzles in the game are based on "spells" cast by playing notes on a magical staff. Add a wonderfully memorable soundtrack, and the game is destined to stay on my hard drive. The enhanced CD-ROM version, as you can see from the screenshot, has vastly improved VGA graphics and great voice acting. Definitely a must-have for all adventure enthusiasts. |
Note: As a heads-up, the game came in three versions – EGA, the CD-ROM, and FM-Towns. The downside to the CD talkie version is missing dialogue and scenes. There is also an audio prologue that came with the FM-Towns version that doesn't have the voices but does have the enhanced graphics and all scenes intact, and which many thus consider definitive or the most representative. Both Steam and GOG at the time of writing this seem to sell just the CD-ROM version.
Reviewed by: Underdogs