The Island (Virgin Games) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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The Island
By Virgin Games
Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #41

An adventure game with two differences from Virgin! Not for them a complete manual; part of the fun is to find out what the computer understands. And, yes, this is a graphic adventure, but very different from The Hobbit.

The adventure is set on some islands. Given the treasure map, you must navigate to the correct island, find the treasure and return with it.

When you start your adventure, this appears to be an all-text program. If, however, you manage to penetrate the fog bank en-route to the treasure island, you suddenly find yourself in the midst of a "dodge the rocks" action sequence much like an arcade game.

Fail, and you are sunk - sink, and you fail. Successful navigators reach the island, but beware the swamp! More action sequences follow.

There is, however, a criticism. In the original text adventures, like Adventure 1 from Abersoft, taking the "wrong" route sometimes paid off, and when it didn't you certainly wern't killed off, but simply found yourself in an unproductive region or a very right spot!

On the Island, take the "wrong" path and you will find yourself dead very quickly.


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