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Knightmare (Atari ST)

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The One for ST Games
Last time around, Knightmare wouldn't have won an award for anything. This time it won't get one for originality either. However, an old idea can still work if it's done well and Tony Crowther seems to be capable of doing that. Knightmare is difficult enough to make you want to headbutt the keyboard in frustration and it's varied enough to keep all roleplaying fans glued to their mice for many eye-straining hours, too.
ST Format
It's well put together and playable enough, but there's nothing new here. Aficionados of the genre are no doubt going to love the prospect of another tortuous maze filled with monsters to beat and bash. Those who haven't entered the dungeoneering world are in for a treat - not an original one, but a treat nevertheless.
Power Play
Die Handlung hat im Gegensatz zu Captive an Geradlinigkeit gewonnen. Die drei Handlungsstränge werden relativ elegant zur Schlußherausforderung inklusive Obermotz zusammengeführt. Etwas problematischer wird es, wenn der Programmierer auf eigene Lösungen setzt. So bleibt das auf Zauberstäben aufgebaute Magiesystem unübersichtlich und auch die Benutzung des Inventorys der Helden gerät etwas umständlich. Rollenspieler mit einem Atari ST im Rucksack müssen schon genau hinsehen, um in der leicht konfusen Grafik alle Gegenstände aufzuspüren. Auf dem Amiga wird's etwas kontrastreicher, im Eifer des Gefechts übersieht man leider auch dort leicht einen wichtigen Schlüssel. Knightmare krankt eindeutig an der eigenwilligen Farbgebung. Weniger wäre hier mehr gewesen. Abgesehen von diesem Mäkelpunkt wird man unterhalten und durch recht frische Rätsel gefordert.
ST Action
My main quibble with this is that the solutions to the puzzles are very obscure. It was by pure guess-work that I was able to escape from the confines of the first two rooms. The instruction input system is irritating due to the large amount of options. And it is very slow to use, which, when being attacked, can easily cause premature death. The game is of a reasonable size, and if you have the patience, it can be quite rewarding. But because of the input system and the obscurity of the problems, I feel that this should only be bought by the most patient of adventurers.