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Dunjonquest: Temple of Apshai

MobyRank MobyScore
VIC-20
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3.0
Commodore PET/CBM
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...
Atari 8-bit
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3.2

Advertising Blurbs

Magazine advertisement (1982):

    Slaying Monsters Should Be Mostly Fun and Games

    An EPYX game from Automated Simulations

    Be one of more than 16 million alter-egos that your computer can generate. Walk into a labyrinth filled with traps, treasures and monsters. There you'll test your strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence... against thousands of monsters in over 200 caverns and chambers--growing in wealth, power and experience as you progress through the four levels of the dungeon.

    Your character will do whatever you want him to do. Do battle--in real time--with the likes of giant ants, ghouls, zombies... Explore the various levels of the maze and discover the great treasures within.

    The Game Manufacturer's Association named The Temple of Apshai the computer game of the year. The Temple is the very first computer game--ever to win the Hobby Industry award for excellence. There can be only one reason for that: it's a great game.

    So what will you think of The Temple of Apshai now? Now that it's even better than ever. With better graphics--animated movement--and completely new sound effects that make your computer come alive and make The Temple even more fun.*

    The Temple has a superbly illustrated 56-page Book of Lore, and your local dealer has it for the ATARI,** TRS-80,** APPLE,** and IBM** computers.


    *If you already have The Temple of Apshai, you can enjoy these great improvements. Just send us your original cassette or disk together with your check for $5.00 and we'll send you the brand new version--with better-than-ever graphics and sound.
    **ATARI, TRS-80, APPLE and IBM are trademarks of Atari, Inc., Tandy Corp., Apple Computer, Inc., and IBM, respectively.

    ©1981, AUTOMATED SIMULATIONS, INC., P.O. Box 4247, Mountain View, Ca., 94040.

    Contributed by vileyn0id_8088 (12841) on Aug 02, 2014.

Back of Box - 1980 combined Apple / TRS-80 release:

    DUNJONQUEST
    Temple of Apshai *

    Now, you can enter a universe in which quick wit, the strength of your sword arm and a talisman around your neck might be what separates you from a pharaoh's priceless treasure -- or the death-grip mandibles of a giant mantis.

    Enter the "Temple of Apshai", the first in our DUNJONQUEST series, the computer game that offers you the chance to undertake heroic acts in a labyrinth filled with treasures, traps and monsters.

    "Temple..." is a role playing game (RPG) that catapults you into a world of magic and monsters -- doomed cities and damsels in distress. More than a game, it's an alter-ego experience. In an RPG, complex factors that make up a human being are abstracted into a few basic characteristics: strength, constitution, dexterity, intelligence and ego. Via your role-playing character, you'll venture into an essentially unknown world, and be at home with the likes of skeletons, zombies, spiders and wraiths. You'll bargain with a tight-fisted innkeeper for the weapons and armor you'll need in the dunjon.

    When you play "Temple of Apshai," you'll be both a character within and a reader of the epic you're actually helping to create. In this labyrinth, the choice is always yours... fight or flee, parry or thrust, slay the monsters or see if they'll listen to reason.

    After you've bargained for your sword, armor, shield and your bow and arrows, most of your time in the dunjon will be spent exploring the 200 rooms on four different levels... trying to find 80 types of treasures of priceless worth. But wait -- the treasures are surrounded by traps -- needles, daggers, flames and bottomless pits -- closely guarded by monsters vile and noxious. Do you dare to thrust your broadsword at the giant leech, the skeletal bat, the zombies or the ghouls with mouths full of razor fangs?

    We invite you to project yourself into the labyrinth. See and touch the treasures, hear and smell the creatures that inhabit the place. Discover for yourself the fantasy world of Apshai!

    • Graphics! Computer-generated map! (Apple uses high-resolution & color!)
    • Real time!
    • A fantasy role-playing experience!
    • For ages 10 through adult
    • Complexity: Intermediate
    • Playing time: 30 minutes to forever!
    • For one player

    [ Screenshot omitted ]
    Temple of Apshai during play on the Apple computer.


    GAME CONTENTS:
    - Book of Lore
    - Command Summary Card
    - Game program & data files for your computer

    (C) 1980, Automated Simulations, Inc., Mountain View, CA

    * Temple of Apshai, DUNJONQUEST and EPYX are trademarks of Automated Simulations, Inc.

    Contributed by General Error (4149) on Oct 07, 2006.