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Wishbringer (Atari 8-bit)

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Description

In this game, the player controls a postal clerk in the small fishing village of Festeron. The postmaster, Mr. Crisp, orders the player to deliver an envelope to the owner of Ye Olde Magick Shoppe. However, this seemingly innocent task inexplicably leads to a strange phenomenon: as the hero steps out, he finds that Festeron has been mysteriously transformed into a dark, ominous town called Witchville. Even cute little poodles have turned into hellhounds! Finding the Wishbringer, a stone that grants seven wishes to those who possess the right objects, seems like the only solution - or is it?

Wishbringer is a text adventure set in the Zork universe. The player types in commands to navigate the character, interact with the game world, and solve puzzles. The game has a rather open-ended structure, with many situations possessing several solutions; the player can opt for a "magical" approach to the tasks, using the titular stone, or attempt to solve the game in a more straightforward way.

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Wishbringer Atari 8-bit Starting location
Wishbringer Atari 8-bit The thickness thickens even further!  The sweet town of Festeron has changed into a more sinister shade of itself, almost before my eyes!
Wishbringer Atari 8-bit The plot thickens!
Wishbringer Atari 8-bit Vanquishing a nemesis... but try not to think too hard about where the bone came from.

Alternate Titles

  • "Wishbringer - the Magick Stone of Dreams - Interactive Fantasy for Beginners" -- Tag-lined title

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Trivia

A small number of grey-box releases of this game were sold without the plastic glow-in-the-dark stone, and without it being mentioned in the contents list on the back (I have one myself). These were most likely a very late release of the game, right before Activision took over. Reissuing the box must have been cheaper than manufacturing more of the plastic toys once the original supply ran out.

Related Web Sites

  • Infocom homepage (At this site you can find information on ALL of Infocom's interactive games, Infocom related articles, sample transcripts, InvisiClue hints, walkthroughs, maps and information on buying Infocom games today.)
  • The Commodore Zone (All about the game, with introduction, images, related links and comments area.)
  • The Infocom Gallery (High-quality scans of the grey box package and manual of Wishbringer.)
Kabushi (125361) added Wishbringer (Atari 8-bit) on Feb 01, 2006
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