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Fantasia Diamond
By Hewson Consultants
BBC/Electron

 
Published in Home Computing Weekly #88

This is a text-only adventure game and this cassette can be used by both BBC and Electron. There is little doubt that it's one of those fantasy based games which, of late, appears to be less popular than they were a couple of years ago. It has all the usual ingredients: text, puzzles, problems and - thank goodness! - a good portion of humour.

What is rather special is its excellent vocabulary of over 300 words and its use of full sentence decoding. This means that you can give double instructions or highly specific instructions within the one command.

I have to admit that I find this much more satisfactory than the usual noun-verb combination and feel that this is one feature which weighs heavily in its favour.

There are a number of poor features however, the most important being the screen presentation. This is quite plain and although it has a split screen, I don't feel that this is very well used. I really cannot see why the room descriptions should scroll off the scren, meaning that you have to keep using the LOOK command.

D.C.