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Altered Destiny (DOS)

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Description

One fine day P. J. Barrett, an ordinary human being from the planet Earth, goes to a repair shop to fix his TV set. When he comes back for it, he accidentally picks up a wrong one. No big deal? Quite on the contrary. When the unsuspecting Mr. Barrett returns home and turns the TV on, he is sucked into a portal! One moment later he finds himself on the strange planet of Daltere. Naturally, this planet needs a savior: the evil alien Helmar has stolen an artifact known as the Jewel of Light, thus endangering the entire galaxy. Now our unlikely hero has to overcome various obstacles and to save the world.

Altered Destiny is a puzzle-solving adventure game. The interface is very similar to the one used in Les Manley games by the same company. The navigation can be done with the mouse (point-and-click), but the game still requires text input to issue commands to the hero and to interact with the world.

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Altered Destiny DOS Title Screen (CGA)
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Altered Destiny DOS Title Screen (EGA)

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User Reviews

Death by natural selection? jossiejojo (41) 3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars3.4 Stars
Excellent old graphic adventure. gametrader (229) unrated

The Press Says

Power Play Feb, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Techtite 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
All Game Guide 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Credits

In the credits, Michael Berlyn gives special thanks to Ennio the Legend. Ennio the Legend is one of the main characters in Tass Times in Tonetown, another game Berlyn designed.

References

When the player types look rock or look stone, he will receive an ironic reply from the game: "A rock is a rock is a rock".

Obviously this is a reference to the sentence by poetess Gertrude Stein: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose".

Sound

The sound code is extremely finicky - unless one can find the right combination of free RAM, video mode, and sound device, it usually plays through the PC speaker. Adlib and CGA usually works, CMS music seems to be more difficult.

Information also contributed by Boston Low.

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Trixter (8734) added Altered Destiny (DOS) on Mar 09, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63136)