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Critic Reviews

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92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stake (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), the plot (more comprehensible), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stake (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), the plot (more comprehensible), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stakes (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), the plot (more comprehensible), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stake (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stake (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
Gnome Ranger has improved on Knight Orc in the puzzle stake (more logical and enjoyable), the atmosphere (more enjoyable and less confusing), and the characters (more interesting). You can't ask for much more than that, except that perhaps Level 9's next game could give us more of the same. It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
92
It would be good to see a slightly bigger game, in terms of location and puzzles, but for the time being this will do gnicely.
90
ZX SpectrumSinclair User (Jan, 1988)
It's not the best thing Level 9's ever done. It's not any major step forward for adventure game technology, either. But it's great to have them back!
90
Commodore 64Commodore User (Nov, 1987)
Since the C64 cassette version of Gnome Ranger has text only, disk owners should make a point of getting the game on disk, since it is exactly the same price as the cassette. The packaging, too, is new. A flexible plastic double-cassette case in black, with more durable hinges than previous models has been chosen to house the game, which will complete with a 48 page 12,000 word copy of The Gnettlefield Journal. Welcome back, Level 9!
90
AmigaCommodore User (Nov, 1987)
There is not so much hacking and slaying, and the whole thing is gentler, with more ponderable problems. Some of the descriptive text, too, is superb. EXAMINE is a command that should be used whenever possible, for there are few things that do not have a lengthy, and often humorous description to be revealed! My favourite was that of the eagle, with a feast of alliterative F’s, ending with a bit about foul fluffy feathery bits under its tail! The rest of the text has its funny side too, for with all these GNs around (Gnome, GNettlefield) all words beginning with an N in the text, are preceded with a G. Not only that, the input system accepts the G as an optional start to the words, when used by the player!
90
ZX SpectrumYour Sinclair (Feb, 1988)
The first part of Gnome Ranger is meant to be a fairly easy introduction to the game and the adventure system, before things hot up later on, but I'm still finding my way round and slowly building up my score... and enjoying every minute of it. Speccy owners are lucky, as Gnome Ranger's a better game than Knight Orc, and gives you a chance to at last sample Level 9's new open-plan adventures. For 48K owners who've been deprived of The Pawn, it should be an essential purchase as it gives you the flavour of the size and scope of disk-based games.
87
Commodore 64Zzap! (Dec, 1987)
I would like to welcome Level 9 back to the top three in my adventure writers chart... and let's hear it for the price!
85
Amstrad CPCAmstrad Action (Jan, 1988)
In short, it's a rather middle-of-the-road game, albeit with an improvement in style over Knight Orc and in programming over previous releases.
75
GNOME RANGER ist ein Adventure mittlerer Qualität, welches in erster Linie durch die interessante Idee der gemeinsamen Aufgabenlösung mit anderen Wesen im Spiel überzeugt. Grafik und Parser sind durchschnittlich und eigentlich nichts Besonderes. Die Ausstattung bietet ein 48 Seiten starkes Begleitheftchen (Ingrids Tagebuchaufzeichnungen). Wenn man den günstigen Preis berücksichtigt, kann man das Programm dennoch zumindest eingefleischten Adventurefreaks eimpfehlen.
65
AmigaTilt (Feb, 1988)
On regrettera seulement la disposition trop classique de l'écran de jeu, moitié paysage, moitié dialogue, ainsi que les complexe descriptions (en anglais) des lieux traversés. Aucun bruitage, des graphismes digitalisés jolis bien que pas assez « piqués » peut-être... Une aventure qui semble finalement réservée aux anglophones passionnés du genre.
55
Atari STYour Computer (Dec, 1987)
Unfortunately Level Nine's sense of humour is an infantile as ever; having every word beginning with "N" spelt with an additional "G" gets very tiresome. Fortunately you don't have to type in "Go Gnorth". The plot, such as it is, is the usual business of maps, treasures, monsters, magic and mazes. Many fans of the Rainbird adventures will miss the extra gimmicks, though; there's nothing in the package exept a 48-page diary booklet. Nothing new, then, but a worthwhile addition to the growing range of original ST adventure software.
50
Atari STPower Play (1987)
„Gnome Ranger“ erinnert mich sehr an „Knight Orc“. Die Idee mit der Gnomen-Dame ist nicht allzu weit von der Geschichte des Orks entfernt. Es ist schwer zu sagen, wo da der Nachfolger aufhört und wo der Abklatsch beginnt. Die digitalisierten Bilder sind seit Knight Orc auch nicht schöner geworden. Es wäre wohl besser, sich einen Grafiker zuzulegen. der die Motive zeichnet. Auch der Perser wurde nicht wesentlich verbessert. Trotzdem ist er durchaus zufriedenstellend und sticht einige andere aus, die auf dem Adventure-Sektor zu finden sind. Probleme hatte ich mit den Puzzles im Spiel. Sie sind nicht immer sehr logisch und überstrapazieren die Phantasie des Spielers. Wer aber schon an Knight Orc Spaß hatte, wird auch Ingrids Abenteuer reizvoll finden.
49
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK) (Dec, 1987)
Level 9 began their downhill slide with Worm in Paradise and have not yet produced a game good enough to drag them back up to the good old verb/noun days.
49
Atari STThe Games Machine (UK) (Dec, 1987)
Level 9 began their downhill slide with Worm in Paradise and have not yet produced a game good enough to drag them back up to the good old verb/noun days.