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Gnome Ranger

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Ingrid Bottomlow stands out from her family of gnomes - she's a gifted student, with a degree from the Institute of Gnome Economics. As a result, they exile her using a teleporting spell, leaving her lost in the forest. It is your job to keep her safe in this interactive fiction game.

The game is split into three tasks, broadly relating to animal, vegetable and mineral in that order. The first involves defeating an evil witch, the second is the Riddle of the Shrinking Teapot, and the third involves precious stones.

Commands such as FOLLOW, FIND and GO TO make travelling the game world much easier, and put an emphasis on object-manipulation and character interaction, rather than map-making.

Instructions can be issued to other characters, with words like THEN, FIND and GIVE to join them. This co-operation is essential to solve many puzzles, and takes place in a world where characters have their own aims and motives. There are BRIEF and VERBOSE modes of text. A running joke in the game is that the screen display adds a 'g' to the start of all words beginning with n - 'gnorth' and 'gnugget' for example.

Graphics are included in the disk versions of the game, except in the ports for Atari 8-bit and Apple II, which are text-only on every media.


Gnome Ranger Commodore 64 The automated GO TO feature
Gnome Ranger Commodore 64 Starting position
Gnome Ranger DOS Llama-Llama-Llama... (EGA)
Gnome Ranger Amstrad CPC Waterfall with rainbow

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ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Dec, 1987 915 out of 1000 92
Commodore User Commodore 64 Nov, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Commodore User Amiga Nov, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Jan, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Tilt Amiga Feb, 1988 13 out of 20 65
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Dec, 1987 49 out of 100 49
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Dec, 1987 49 out of 100 49


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