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Elf

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Released
Platforms
MobyRank MobyScore
Amiga
78
4.4
Atari ST
...
3.5
DOS
54
3.2
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Description

Cornelius the Elf was living peacefully in a forest with his sweetheart Elisa. However, an evil creature known as Necrilous the Not-Very-Nice kidnapped Elisa and disappeared with her. Cornelius must embark on a perilous journey to rescue the love of his life.

Elf is a platform action game with light adventure elements. Cornelius is armed with a ring that fires projectiles at enemies. During the course of the game he can collect herbs and animals (called "pets"), which can be traded in shops for upgrades such as stronger attacks, extra speed, magic spells, or devices such as a flying machine. In addition, certain segments require the player to communicate with NPCs populating the game world and fulfill their requests, usually by obtaining specific items for them.

The game keeps track of the player character's behavior, assigning the player a rating and affecting the ending scene depending on the protagonist's actions, which mainly involve killing or sparing the lives of the game's non-hostile characters. The protagonist's health is measured in hearts and lives, which can be replenished or increased. The player can save the game between stages.

Screenshots

Elf DOS Main menu
Elf DOS This boss at the Mayan ruins is scarier looking than he is.
Elf DOS A couple of old sailors
Elf Atari ST It's my grave stone to the left

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The Press Says

The One for ST Games Atari ST Jun, 1991 90 out of 100 90
Datormagazin Amiga Nov, 1991 89 out of 100 89
Amiga Action Amiga Aug, 1991 87 out of 100 87
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Sep, 1991 810 out of 1000 81
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1992 74 out of 100 74
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1991 8 out of 12 67
Power Play DOS Jan, 1993 48 out of 100 48
The DOS Spirit DOS Sep 13, 2009 1.5 out of 6 25

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Trivia

Message

The first Amiga disk contains the following message from the authors of the game to all potential crackers:

Well, well, well. What can I write in this sector ? I could tell you nosy sods to bugger off. Hmmm, OK then ... BUGGER OFF YOU NOSY SODS !!!!!!!! Copy this disk and your knob will fall off. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Don't come running to me with your meat and two veg ! I was only joking - honest .... BYE BYE. See you on the next game ....

Awards

  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #12 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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