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This game requires an interpreter program - refer to the game's documentation for details.
VMC10_073D.zip *
Contains VMC10.exe
Type CLOAD and hit ENTER. Select GARGOYLE.​C10 in the JimG subdirectory of the Cassette directory. Type RUN...
Windows Application (Windows XP and later)
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Gargoyle Castle

by Kit Domenico

Fantasy
1981

(based on 1 rating)
1 member review

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: BASIC
Baf's Guide ID: 282
IFID: Unknown
TUID: 5j247k9btru285yx

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Handy Mobile Pits Helpful in Solving this Perplexing Puzzle, April 26, 2014
by jgerrie (Cape Breton Island, Canada)
Related reviews: Basic Text Adventuring
It's been a while since I played this game, but my recollections are that it was one of the more interesting 8-bit two-word-parser-under-16K adventures. Several versions of this program seem to exist. I think there is an original TRS-80 version, a port to the TRS-80 Color Computer and the MC-10 port that I did from the Coco source and possibly some others I think I recollect being mentioned in other retro-computer forums.

The scenario is ostensibly medieval, but the feel is more of a dream state (and a weird Freudian dream state at that, or perhaps an Alice in Wonderland Carolesque variety). The presence of a handy cigarette lighter, gives away the unreality of the Medieval landscape. Surreal elements pepper the landscape, although I have to admit I am still unsure whether they are meant to be there or whether some of them are simply programming errors of the type which are so common in early 8-bit basic adventures. (Spoiler - click to show)For instance, when you dig a hole it always takes you to the same generic room, meaning that if you drop items there you can, wherever digging is possible, dig them up again other places.

Despite its quirks, or perhaps because of them, this simple early Basic text adventure seems to have endeared itself to many.

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