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The Forest of Doom

The Forest of Doom Screenshots

Commodore 64 version

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Title screen

Title screen

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Generating your character

Generating your character

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Introductory preamble

Introductory preamble

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Your first choice

Your first choice

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Having rolled a 12 to add to your 12 Skill, there's no chance the fearsome Shape Changer can lash back at you this round.

Having rolled a 12 to add to your 12 Skill, there's no chance the fearsome Shape Changer can lash back at you this round.

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Stocking up with magical inventory items

Stocking up with magical inventory items

The Forest of Doom Commodore 64 Alas, your quest is at an end.

Alas, your quest is at an end.


The Forest of Doom Screenshots

ZX Spectrum version

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum This screen is displayed as the game loads.

This screen is displayed as the game loads.

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum When loaded the game scrolls a 'STOP THE TAPE' message followed by the game's title, credits, and a brief message about 'The CITADEL' another game in the same series

When loaded the game scrolls a 'STOP THE TAPE' message followed by the game's title, credits, and a brief message about 'The CITADEL' another game in the same series

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Before the game can start the characters strengths must be determined. This process starts with the roll of three virtual dice for Skill, Stamina & Luck

Before the game can start the characters strengths must be determined. This process starts with the roll of three virtual dice for Skill, Stamina & Luck

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum This is followed by choosing a magic potion ...

This is followed by choosing a magic potion ...

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum ... and finally the players name. Though there's a great big space into which the name is entered only eight characters are allowed

... and finally the players name. Though there's a great big space into which the name is entered only eight characters are allowed

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Finally, after a message saying 'and now mighty hero prepare to face the turmoils of hell itself. Press SPACE to continue' the game will commence

Finally, after a message saying 'and now mighty hero prepare to face the turmoils of hell itself. Press SPACE to continue' the game will commence

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum The game starts with the story and it goes on a bit. Basically the player is a hero who kills bad guys & monsters. A dying dwarf asks you to retrieve some runes so you take his money & map and set off

The game starts with the story and it goes on a bit. Basically the player is a hero who kills bad guys & monsters. A dying dwarf asks you to retrieve some runes so you take his money & map and set off

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum The game briefly shows the player their inventory

The game briefly shows the player their inventory

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum ... then there's some more text ...

... then there's some more text ...

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum ... followed by more text and a choice of actions ...

... followed by more text and a choice of actions ...

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum ... there follows yet more text. Since this is a wizard he makes potions and there's a list of over 40 that can be bought

... there follows yet more text. Since this is a wizard he makes potions and there's a list of over 40 that can be bought

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum The game contains a notepad which the player can use to record key points of information. Text entry here is slow so do not type too fast as only one in three characters may be recorded

The game contains a notepad which the player can use to record key points of information. Text entry here is slow so do not type too fast as only one in three characters may be recorded

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Its well worth reading the manual and finding the keypad controls that can turn features like quick test and sound on/off

Its well worth reading the manual and finding the keypad controls that can turn features like quick test and sound on/off

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Combat can sometimes be avoided, but not in this case

Combat can sometimes be avoided, but not in this case

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum This is the combat screen. Text gives information about what is happening. Then dice roll to determine what actually happens, is the attack successful etc

This is the combat screen. Text gives information about what is happening. Then dice roll to determine what actually happens, is the attack successful etc

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum The first round of battle went well

The first round of battle went well

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Uruk 1 dies very soon after this - it did not fair well in battle and was killed by a might blow

Uruk 1 dies very soon after this - it did not fair well in battle and was killed by a might blow

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum This is the end of Uruk 2

This is the end of Uruk 2

The Forest of Doom ZX Spectrum Then the game gives the player a choice of items to take from the slain foes and continues in the same vein

Then the game gives the player a choice of items to take from the slain foes and continues in the same vein