Usurper (Assassin) Review | Home Computing Weekly - Everygamegoing

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By Assassin
Spectrum 16K/48K

Published in Home Computing Weekly #47

Usurper is claimed as the first multi-player adventure game, with 1-10 players on 48K and 1-6 with 16K.

If you enjoy an adventure game where you just press keys to enter different locations, and have a report on the screen after each move then this game is quite exciting. The object is to overthrow a king, putting yourself in his place. You have 100 days, each move you make being a day. However on your journey, you will be meeting the usual problems: fighting trolls, giants, thieves, sand sharks etc. Locations are arrived at by just pressing its initial i.e. i-inn, v-village and so on.

You all start the journey, with the same advantages, strength, gold, provisions, spirit and one follower. On the journey you may have to replenish either and of course this sets into your gold reserve, but you may also be blessed by a priest in the temple who can be very helpful at times.

There is also a second game, playing using a large map provided with the cassette. Instructions for both come on the tiniest piece of paper, with extremely small type.

On-screen scoring should keep interest going.

You will at times get sound effects after a fight and flashing on the screen should you win.


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