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Game #3953
Hall of Belated Fame Inductee  Castle Adventure   (a.k.a. Golden Wombat)  View all Top Dogs in this genre
Interactive Fiction   Cross-genre IF

Rating: 8.95 (45 votes)

Castle Adventure box cover

Castle Adventure screenshot
One of the most memorable ASCII games of the bygone BSS era, Castle Adventure is a fun parser-based maze adventure designed by Kevin Bales, and later released (stolen in fact) by Keypunch as part of their Swords and Sorcery package.

Similar to Atari's Adventure and many other early adventure/RPGs, your objective in the game is to collect all valuables and complete all tasks. Although the game looks very out of date, with ASCII characters and simplistic gameplay, Castle Adventure is actually both more memorable and deeper than most ASCII games. For starters, room descriptions are quite detailed and well-written. Secondly, the game is played in real time, which means monsters will not wait for you to type something before they attack. This makes fighting appropriately exciting. Lastly, the game is much deeper than most other maze games because it has puzzles. These require you to type the right commands into the parser, like in a typical text adventure, such as "show cross to vampire". Although most puzzles are obvious, there are some obscure ones that will stump you for some time. In a nod to the RPG genre, you can only carry a limited number of items at any given time.

All in all, Castle Adventure is one of the best examples of what an all-text, freeware game coded way back in 1985 is capable of. If you miss the days of BBS, here is something that stands the test of time. Highly recommended!

Note: the download here includes both the original game, and the subsequent Keypunch re-release (with name changed to Golden Wombat) that was illegally included in Keypunch's Swords and Sorcery commercial release without the author's consent.

Reviewed by: Underdogs
Designer: Kevin Bales
Developer: Keypunch
Publisher: Freeware
Year: 1985
Software Copyright: Kevin Bales
Theme: Fantasy
None that we know of
System Requirements: DOS
Where to get it:
Related Links: Almightyguru.com review
If you like this game, try: Indenture, Amulet of Yendor, Zyll

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