DescriptionBob's Dragon Hunt is an exercise in using filled polygons to simulate a three-dimensional dungeon crawl, wading through all variety of draconic enemies (hence the title) and their various venomous, magical and breath effects, depicted in creative (if non-standard) 16-color effects.
Beneath the glitter and "virtual reality" trappings lies a roguelike in spirit. Unlike Dungeon Hack and its brethren, navigation and control are rather nuanced, though the gameplay remains comparatively simple (hack, slash, repeat).
- "DRAGHU" -- 8.3 filename prefix on BBSes
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Development and distributionBob's Dragon Hunt ran under an engine the developers referred to as VirtualDungeon; in the info file they promise releases of three more VirtualDungeon games within weeks: Anthill, Night on Bald Mountain, and Crystal Deception. Despite even ordering information being available for that last, all that ever turned up was one more VirtualDungeon title, that first, now re-named AntKill.
Peculiarly, this product was distributed bundled with SW-TALK.EXE, "the Voice Library",
a new product designed to be used by shareware authors. This is the first packages [sic] that enable [sic] you to reproduce real human speech thru [sic] the PC speaker and add them [sic] to your programs.It was invoked in the batch file that started the game, and when it was run would bewilder players by first addressing them through their PC speaker (which they ordinarily would only expect bleeps and bloops out of), making irrelevant remarks such as "Wow!" "Way to go!" and "You got it!" before any gameplay had occurred. Following this jarring introduction, the grating PC speaker rendition of the theme to Monty Python's Flying Circus while the game started was practically soothing.
On top of its download-from-shareware-BBSes distribution, Bob's Dragon Hunt was also distributed through the SynTax shareware-on-floppies-by-mail service, on diskette number 1143, along with Homicide, Ohio Adventure, and a demo of Maddog Williams.
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