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The Crack of Doom

The Crack of Doom Screenshots

Apple II version

The Crack of Doom Apple II The game begins here

The game begins here

The Crack of Doom Apple II An uneven staircase

An uneven staircase

The Crack of Doom Apple II Sam isn't able to pass this way at the moment

Sam isn't able to pass this way at the moment

The Crack of Doom Apple II An ominous looking road

An ominous looking road

The Crack of Doom Apple II Descending into Mordor

Descending into Mordor

The Crack of Doom Apple II Wandering around; Sam can go west or north from here

Wandering around; Sam can go west or north from here

The Crack of Doom Apple II At the top of a hill

At the top of a hill

The Crack of Doom Apple II Uh oh, I think this means game over

Uh oh, I think this means game over


The Crack of Doom Screenshots

Commodore 64 version

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 "You don't now how lucky are, lad. When I was at your age, a game took aaaaaages to load!"

"You don't now how lucky are, lad. When I was at your age, a game took aaaaaages to load!"

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 Title screen

Title screen

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 "Do you want pictures (nudge, nudge)".

"Do you want pictures (nudge, nudge)".

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 First screen

First screen

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 Decided to go to the tower

Decided to go to the tower

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 Orcs approaching

Orcs approaching

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 The statues don't make you feel more comfortable in Mordor.

The statues don't make you feel more comfortable in Mordor.

The Crack of Doom Commodore 64 Putting the ring on in Mordor was a bad idea.

Putting the ring on in Mordor was a bad idea.


The Crack of Doom Screenshots

DOS version

The Crack of Doom DOS Opening Title - Hmm...dead Hobbits already? (EGA)

Opening Title - Hmm...dead Hobbits already? (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS You play the role as Sam the Hobbit, alone at the tower of Cirith Ungol (EGA)

You play the role as Sam the Hobbit, alone at the tower of Cirith Ungol (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS In the tower of Cirith Ungol - Those statues don't look to friendly (EGA)

In the tower of Cirith Ungol - Those statues don't look to friendly (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Walking down a path away from Cirith Ungol - Wonder what those strange winged things are? (EGA)

Walking down a path away from Cirith Ungol - Wonder what those strange winged things are? (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Enjoying the moonlight at Mordor? Not likely. (EGA)

Enjoying the moonlight at Mordor? Not likely. (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Me think Sam's lost. (EGA)

Me think Sam's lost. (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS What happens when a lone Hobbit finds himself in the middle of an Orchish camp? Game over. (EGA)

What happens when a lone Hobbit finds himself in the middle of an Orchish camp? Game over. (EGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Title screen (CGA)

Title screen (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS The game begins on an uneven staircase (CGA)

The game begins on an uneven staircase (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Inside a huge stone gateway (CGA)

Inside a huge stone gateway (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS The game switches between text only and pictures; Here Sam seems to be blocked by sinister statues (CGA)

The game switches between text only and pictures; Here Sam seems to be blocked by sinister statues (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS A long winding road (CGA)

A long winding road (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS At the top of a steep hill (CGA)

At the top of a steep hill (CGA)

The Crack of Doom DOS Uh oh, game over (CGA)

Uh oh, game over (CGA)