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Saracen (Commodore 64)

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Description

A combination puzzle/action game from Datasoft. In each of the 100 levels, the player moves a crusader through an obstacle filled maze trying to reach the Saracen Chief and detonate a bomb next to him. The chief does not move, instead remaining in a set position.

Along the way, he must avoid roaming guards, bouncing cannonballs, and other traps. The crusader is armed with a bow and can pick up directionally specific arrows that are used to stop guards or destroy walls. The arrows being limited to shooting in one of the four compass directions is exacerbated by only being able to carry one object (key, arrow or bomb) at a time. For these reasons, the game's puzzle leanings and the need for a methodical approach are strong.

There is generally only one way to solve each level and proper use of the given tools is key to finding it.

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Saracen Commodore 64 Plenty of space to move here
Saracen Commodore 64 How many directions does this arrow go in?
Saracen Commodore 64 We'll be saying a big hello to Saracen
Saracen Commodore 64 Picked up an arrow to hit that cyan and purple hazard

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Tilt Jul, 1987 13 out of 20 65

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ClydeFrog (10071) added Saracen (Commodore 64) on Jan 31, 2005
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