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Altered Destiny (DOS)

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100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

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

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.4
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.5
Text Parser How sophisticated the text parser is, how appropriate its responses are, etc. 3.2
Overall MobyScore (16 votes) 3.4

The Press Says

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Ich mag die Adventures von Michael Berlyn. Altered Destiny ist kein typisches 08/15-Grafikabenteuer; die Story ist sehr, sehr gut. Doch leider verschwindet sie hinter dem mäßigen Adventure-System, das nicht gerade "State of the Art" ist (zu langsam, zu lange Ladezeiten, zu umständlich). Sehr gelungen finde ich manche EGA-Grafiken, sie erinnern mich an alte "Yes"-Plattencover - toll. Trotzdem erstaunlich, daß nur die EGA-Palette genutzt wird, denn die Konkurrenz steigt inzwischen auf VGA-Power um... Wer Lust hat, sich wegen einer guten Geschichte durch technische Ungereimtheiten zu kämpfen, dem sei Altered Destiny wärmstens ans Herz gelegt. Auch wenn es besser als Les Manley ist: Als Buch hätte's mir mehr Spaß gemacht. Sonst besser die Finger davon lassen.
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In conclusion, Altered Destiny has the same gameplay as Sierra's King's Quest and Space Quest without the charm. If you're a fan of the genre, play it after the classics. If you're not a fan, playing Altered Destiny probably won't change your mind.
Whatever; at least the game was unforgettable enough, to have me want to put it in my review archive. Of particular interest was an old-fashioned EGA adventure game, that maintained a world so colorful and imaginative, it excelled even most games that came after it. You're thrust into a parallel dimension, where you must do something heroic and...well, you get the idea. While the plotline was not too unique, the environments explored definitely were. A colorful, amusing game.