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The Lost Kingdom of Zkul

by Jon Malone and Allan Black

Fantasy/Cave crawl
1984

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Originally published by Talent Computer Systems for the Atari ST and Sinclair QL computers, this game proved very popular, with a maze which changed each time that you re-started the game. The game remains available through RWAP Adventures

The Lost Kingdom of ZKUL is a real-time adventure based in mythological times.

Many centuries ago, the dwarves of the mountain, who had lived in peace for centuries, were besieged by the men of Caras, from far in the South. The dwarves were all but beaten, driven back to their last refuge in the Domed City, when the great Wizard Taradon, summoning his final reserves of strength, led the dwarves in a last tragic assault.

The men of Caras were defeated, but at a heavy cost to the dwarves. Few survived that day, and those that did, remain there still, mourning their dead.

Of the Wizard, little is known, although it is said that he remains in the Domed City, guarding the last precious secret of the old civilisation.

Although the history of these days has now lapsed into legend, you have heard tell of adventurers seeking the Domed City and the great treasures said to be hidden in the dwarves' mountain dwelling. Some have returned empty-handed, with tales only of failure. Most have never been heard of again.

Guided by your friend Eldomir, you have travelled to where he believes you will find the ancient dwelling place of the dwarves.

As you approach the river, he bids you farewell, leaving instructions for you to bring any treasure you may find to the house in the forest.


Game Details

Language: English (en-GB)
Current Version: Unknown
License: Commercial
Development System: Custom
Forgiveness Rating: Cruel
IFID: Unknown
TUID: ulvqhk4ge71s9vw5

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SynTax
The area to explore has over 200 locations according to the blurb. The game itself is a real blast from the past. You don't often have to dig out paper and pencil for mapping these days! I enjoyed testing out location exits and mapping mazes by dropping objects once more, and redrawing my maps when they rambled over too many sheets of paper. [...]

There are nods towards Colossal, the game that started it all. Dwarves appear every so often and one says he was wandering round the 'Colossal Cave' when a magic word brought him to ZKUL.
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