Bored of the Rings

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No prizes for guessing the inspiration for this one. The Great Ring needs to be returned to Mount Doom, a treacherous task to be undertaken by Fordo the Boggit. Spam, Pimply and Murky are his country-bumpkin friends, and he will later meet with Bumbadil and Hashberry, two old hippies. The main quest involves meeting up with Legoland the Elf, Giblet the Dwarf and Aragont.

In keeping with the humour, familiar locations become "the featureless plain below the pink mountain", "Lake Anadin" and the "Land of the Personal-Stereo-Wearing Goblins".

Bored of the Rings is an interactive fiction game with graphics made using Quill. The interface allows the player to take and use items using VERB NOUN commands, and talk to characters.

The game is split into three parts, accessed via passcodes. The tape also includes issue 1 of Sceptical, Delta 4's short-lived magazine on tape.


Bored of the Rings Commodore 64 Title screen
Bored of the Rings Commodore 64 Sam's mistrust of Golem is imitated
Bored of the Rings Commodore 64 The gayness of 80s pop is mocked here
Bored of the Rings ZX Spectrum The plain plains

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Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Apr, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Aug, 1985 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Jul, 1986 16 out of 20 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 78 out of 100 78
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 7.5 out of 10 75
Computer Gamer ZX Spectrum Nov, 1985 14 out of 20 70


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The game is inspired by, but not based on, the Bored of the Rings parody novel published by Harvard Lampoon.
Contributed to by Kabushi (138961) and Martin Smith (63061)