Cortes (L' Ensouleiado) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By L'Ensouleiado
Spectrum 48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #73

A role-play program for history students aged 13 to 15 years or adventure games players. It recreates an episode in history where you take the part of the Spanish Conquistador, Hernan Cortes, who, in 1519, set out to conquer the fabulously rich Aztec Empire of Montezuma.

You are faced with the decisions Cortes had to make. Choices made are matched against those made by Cortes, and more points are awarded if you are correct. Bonus points are given for "careful play" or "consistency" and at sudden equipment checks when you must know how much equipment you have, and for "crisis reports".

After visiting Montezuma on his island stronghold, fighting off an attack from the Governor of Cuba and building Vera Cruz, you return and eventually, after many bloody battles, end up as master of a ruined city full of stinking corpses and riddled with disease - but with no gold!

A useful revision to that period. Even I managed to raise my score from 36 to 83 out of 130. However, graphics, type and sound could be much improved.


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