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by Jon Thackray, David Seal, and Jonathan Partington

Cave crawl

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Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: 1.005
License: Former commercial
Development System: T/SAL
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
Baf's Guide ID: 1352
IFID: ZCODE-1-111115-FB2B
TUID: 77ir1th0ea7su9qm

Editorial Reviews

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"With this game you start at the end - the end of a road, surrounded by forests, farmhouses, fields and a slight depression. You already have 50 points to your credit and haven't even touched the keyboard yet! Can this success last? Well it seems to do early on, as you can soon pick up quite a few treasures. The adventure's basically another excuse to go wandering round an underground cave system at the start - and I like the Tomb Room where failed adventurers are buried. It does open up to other areas too later on, and obviously the treasures get rather tougher to collect!"
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"Some of these sections are quite easy. Some have problems that will keep your mind active all night. The real difficulty comes in deciding in what order to complete the separate parts. There are lots of one-way routes and cleverly chained puzzles. The number of times I found myself needing something that I'd had to leave behind somewhere else where it was now impossible to get it again were legion. And, to complicate matters still further, your lamp will only last just long enough to finish the whole thing. When the whole adventure finally nears its conclusion and you close the safe to find that you have managed to obtain every treasure, there is a real sense of achievement."
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"So, it's venerable, but how does it stand up to time's criticism? Well, by and large, pretty decently. Of course, you can forget about the plot. There is one, in theory, but what it boils down to is this: solve puzzles, so that you can collect all the treasures. Given that it was written by mathematicians at Cambridge University, and its main audience was presumably their colleagues, it is also no surprise that it is rotten hard and on occasion requires not just lateral but downright contorted thought. So, it's a humongous, arcane treasure hunt. But it's a well-written one, and for the right player - and yours truly is - a very enjoyable one, at that."
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