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Stonekeep (DOS)

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Written by  :  Jamie Durbin (3)
Written on  :  Sep 28, 2003
Platform  :  DOS
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Summary

A Dungeon Crawl through a castle cursed by a dark god reborn, and an unlikely hero...

The Good

Firstly, while it makes no attempt to be anything other than a dungeon crawl, it has some extremely interesting and amusing characters. The drunken orc on the first level, Wahooka The Great (or, if you prefer, The Great Wahooka), the Ettin, Khul-Kuum himself, and the various gods that you have to rescue. Combat is quite simple, as is the interface generally, a blessing that, considering your need for quick action in many situations, players should be most grateful for.

The Bad

The puzzles in some cases relied on what is generally known as "pixel-hunting", and very often the items you needed were obscured (a good example of this is a level where an object you are looking for is obscured.This object is, unless you do a pixel hunt, completely invisible). Indeed, many of the solutions to the puzzles are themselves either incomprehensible or invisible. This game was, in a single sentence, a bit frustrating in parts.

The Bottom Line

A dungeon crawl through a cursed castle looking for gods imprisoned by the most evil of their own number. I would also add that the plot, and indeed the justification for the main character, is highly amusing, not to mention cheesy as anything. Finally, I would say that, if you like dungeon crawling, bizarre goblins with more ego than most politicians, and an evil god that sounds like Darth Vader *after* he bought an asthma pump, this is definitely the game for you. It was for me!