Home | Profile - Edit | Your Page | Your Inbox Browse | Search Games   |   Log In

Download


4ka.zip
MS-DOS Application (Compressed with ZIP. Free Unzip tools are available for most systems at www.info-zip.org.)

Have you played this game?

You can rate this game, record that you've played it, or put it on your wish list after you log in.

Playlists and Wishlists

RSS Feeds

New member reviews
Updates to downloadable files
All updates to this page

4K Adventure

by John Metcalf

Fantasy
1995

(based on 6 ratings)
1 member review

Game Details

Language: English (en)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Freeware
Development System: Assembly language
Baf's Guide ID: 321
IFID: Unknown
TUID: q47lwr776k3x3rg0

Editorial Reviews

Baf's Guide


A very small fantasy game - in fact, the executable is exactly 4096 bytes in size. (The zip is larger than that because it's bundled with a few other programs and some documentation.) Considering that limitation, it has a surprising amount of nicely evocative description. Very simple, two-word parser, incomplete direction lists, no "save game" feature. The premise that you're a "black dwarf" trying to recover the stolen orb that keeps your land in eternal winter has the interesting implication that the protagonist is a Bad Guy, but the game really doesn't have room to expand on this.

-- Carl Muckenhoupt

SynTax
The verb list is pretty small, but John designed a game suitable for an observant beginner. In fact, it is an ideal introduction to adventure playing, and also a good example for those wanting to write their own game, to see how well a small adventure can be constructed and written. There is no save command but in a game this size (under 20 locations), it isn't necessary.
See the full review

Tags

- View the most common tags (What's a tag?)
(Log in to add your own tags)

Member Reviews

5 star:
(0)
4 star:
(0)
3 star:
(2)
2 star:
(4)
1 star:
(0)
Average Rating:
Number of Reviews: 1
Write a review


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
Old-School Pre-Infocom Style Text Adventure, April 4, 2016
by PDearmore (Central New York)
Related reviews: text-adventure, pre-infocom, assembly, dos
Described as "ideal for a complete beginner providing they
examine everything" in the Readme. The puzzles are of the "look at x, find y, use it on z" variety.

This is really not bad for a game developed from scratch in Assembly. Yeah, I don't like that the "unknown input" message and the "item has no description message" are the same, and there are a few other minor flaws like this, but not bad, considering.

The game captures the spirit of the pre-Infocom text adventures very well--but it does feel updated somewhat. No mazes, and I wasn't dying without warning at every turn. I ended up with a score of 72--not sure what the max is. I suspect there is something you can do with the fungus to increase your score, but I'm not sure what it is. Anyway, I reached the conclusion of the game, so I'm happy. Also, just for the heck of it, I ran a few of the other .COM files in DOSBox--a fun little addition to the game. This one is worth checking out if you have a few minutes free some day.

Links




This is version 2 of this page, edited by Edward Lacey on 17 March 2013 at 7:59am. - View Update History - Edit This Page - Add a News Item