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Discworld (DOS)

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Written by  :  Halleck (383)
Written on  :  Aug 11, 2005
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A charming adaptation.

The Good

This game successfully brought the magic of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" to the computer game format. The plot is similar to "Guards! Guards!", although Rincewind is cast as the protagonist this time around.

Eric Idle does a fantastic job as the voice of Rincewind, and the other actors' performances are also well done.

Several concepts from the Discworld novels are translated into interesting game mechanics, most noticeably the use of "L-Space". Using L-Space, you are able to travel back to the previous night, which is necessary to perform a few crucial actions and change history a tiny bit.

The music is catchy and engaging, and serves as a nice complement to the graphics. The graphics themselves are drawn in an attractive cartoon-ish style that seems to draw inspiration from Josh Kirby's famed Discworld illustrations.

The entire game is quite immersive. I certainly felt as if I were wandering the streets of Ankh-Morpork. The game looked, sounded, and felt pretty much how I imagined Discworld to be like while reading the novels, and the patent humor was still present.

The Bad

Sometimes, the solutions to the puzzles were rather outlandish, as one might expect. I had to seek help on some of the more illogical ones.

Other than that, I have no complaints.

The Bottom Line

A must-play game for fans of the Discworld series, and highly recommended for adventure gamers with a sense of humor. Don't be embarrassed to look for hints or solutions to some of the more outlandish puzzles.