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The Curse of RA

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
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4.0
DOS
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4.0
Atari ST
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Description

The Curse of RA is a puzzle game where the player (Scarab) has to escape a pyramid by solving the riddles. The player needs to remove all stones on a board by finding a counterpart. Only two stones with the same symbol can be removed at a time and they have to be on a straight line, horizontally or vertically. The game starts with Scarab on an ankh and that item has to be returned upon completion. Moving a stone is done by sitting on one and moving it towards the counterpart. Not all stones can be moved however and there are teleporters, obstructions and diversions to make it more difficult. There are also traps and for instance ice that forces Scarab to move in a single direction. When the stones are aligned, pressing fire matches them and they disappear.

The game can be played in a Logic or in an Arcade mode. Logic mode offers 100 levels with no time limit. Special stones can make the player’s life easier or harder. In Arcade mode the player has to complete a level within a certain amount of time. Special coins can be used to buy extras after each level, such as ability to fly for 30 seconds, more time, extra lives and others. Levels are generated at random. The Arcade mode has a high score table. Demo mode shows the usage of all the different stones found in the game. This is a sort of non-playable tutorial. The game also provides a level editor.

Screenshots

The Curse of RA Atari ST Demo mode
The Curse of RA Commodore 64 Title and credits
The Curse of RA Atari ST That was easy
The Curse of RA Atari ST This level might be a little trickier

Alternate Titles

  • "RA" -- Spanish DOS title

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The Press Says

64'er Commodore 64 Jan, 1991 9 out of 10 90
ST Format Atari ST Jan, 1991 83 out of 100 83
Your Amiga Amiga Nov, 1990 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Amiga Sep, 1990 72 out of 100 72
Power Play Atari ST Feb, 1991 70 out of 100 70
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Amiga Action Amiga Nov, 1990 66 out of 100 66

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Contributed to by Karsa Orlong (61260), Sciere (256865) and Kabushi (122845)