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My opinion is that with the release of Jewels, Level 9 has once again brought back fun to adventuring, so even though you may have played the games in their earlier forms, do not let that deter you from buying them again.
This is the best bargain currently available for adventurers.
If you're an adventure buff, and you don't already have the level 9 versions of the games, you haven't really any choice.
Since the games were originally written, Level 9 have considerably enhanced their adventure system, and are now able to cram in more text, as well as graphics, combined with a more complex parser.
Wer zuvor noch keine Adventures gespielt hat, der sollte sich diese Programmpaket leisten, denn so ein gutes Preis/Leistungsverhältnis findet man so schnell nicht wieder. Adventure-Freaks würden solche Programme nicht spielen, da diese keinen besonders hohen Schwierigkeitsgrad aufweisen.
Die drei Adventures sind insgesamt ganz nett, aber alles in allem nur Durchschnitt. Ich möchte sie aber jedem Adventure-Unerfahrenen ans Herz legen. Sie sind für mich das ideale Einstiegspaket. Man bekommt einen schönen Einblick in die Welt der Adventures und gewöhnt sich auch ans Lesen einer Beschreibung, denn das dazugehörige Buch - leider im unvermeidlichen Englisch - gibt einige versteckte Hinweise.
Although the Jewels of Darkness is a compilation of old games it is still a must for an adventurers who are missing one or more of these classics. The plots are timeless and the games graphics and parser are state of the art, as for the adventures themselves, they'll still challenge the best.
Still, despite the many problems
related to Jewels of Darkness,
the game isn't completely bad. Many
of the problems related to the story
and puzzles stem from the fact that
this was one of the first of its type.
The authors who originally worked
on it didn't have years of previous experience
and example to follow in
writing their stories. In addition,
many of the facets which made the
original version popular remain.
Some of the locations are quite ingenious,
or even humorous. Further,
it is interesting to note how
much of the game was copied in
later adventures by different companies.
The game illustrates the positive
progress in game design by means
of its faults. Much innovation and accomplishment
has occurred since
this game was first published, and I,
for one, am glad.