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Adventure XT (DOS)

Adventure XT DOS Title screen, introduction

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The sinister wizard Mordimar, having come into possession of the powerful magical artifact the Orb of Destiny, is slowly sapping the life-force from the forests of Blarg. Your goal: to retrieve the Orb, for the sake of the blighted woods!

Author Paul Panks is known in IF circles for having settled on an early form of the text adventure (perhaps that contemporary to the game's maybe namesake, the IBM Personal Computer XT?) as the pure, classic ideal to be visited and revisited in permutations of his many experiments, unhindered by modern developments in interactive fiction authoring systems, advances in game design, and even improvements on primitive dialects of BASIC, his apparent development environment of choice.

In most of them, sparse locations, mute NPCs and to-the-death monsters turn up in predictable (classic?) configurations, fortified with occasionally inspired, occasionally jarring train-wreck often-anachronistic mashups of cognitive dissonance -- here special unlicensed cameo appearances from Gargamel, Azrael and several Smurfs... also rising to North American fame in a period roughly contemporary to the IBM XT.

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Adventure XT DOS Commerce in the store
Adventure XT DOS They can put it on my gravestone: He Went Out Fighting
Adventure XT DOS From bad to worse!
Adventure XT DOS Here I thought I could survive if I avoided rocking the boat...

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Award disqualification

This game was entered into the 13th annual rec.arts.interactive-fiction short text adventure competition, but was found to have violated Author's Rule #1: Games must not be based upon works currently under copyright unless permission is obtained from the copyright holder. Sadly, Panks' incorporation of the Smurfs led him astray down this path, his second disqualification (after Vampyre Cross) in this year's compo.
Pseudo_Intellectual (44379) added Adventure XT (DOS) on Oct 25, 2007