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Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon

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PlayStation
62
3.0
Windows
70
3.2
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Description

Fang was once a proud and rich city, until Baron Sukumvit took over. Under his rule, the city is known as the City of the Lost Souls. Deep inside the mountains surrounding the city, Baron Sukumvit built a labyrinth, named Deathtrap Dungeon, and used it to imprison his enemies. Filled with vulgarities, traps and disgusting monsters, the dungeon is a very dangerous place. With his enemies gone, the Baron now has opened up the dungeon to sport and sends willing heroes down into it's depths, betting on the likelihood of their survival. If anyone could survive all levels of the dungeon, and slay the red dragon Melkor, they would receive 10.000 gold pieces and Baron Sukumvit would renounce his rule over Fang. Two brave heroes: Red Lotus and Bandog, agree to these terms and enter the Deathtrap Dungeon...

Deathtrap Dungeon is a 3rd person action game. Controlling either Red Lotus or Bandog, the player controls the character from behind with a camera mode like in Tomb Raider. To deal with the enemies encountered, there are three different kinds of attacks: melee weapons, range weapons and magic. The melee weapons include basic fists to normal swords to a magic enhanced war hammer. In the range weapons department are goodies like bombs or a flame-thrower. In terms of spells are magicks such as fireballs or rather crazy spells like the exploding pig. But the real challenge are of course the riddles, traps and abysses that are everywhere throughout the dungeon.

During the journey, players will encounter many locked doors, that require the finding of keys and devices. There are also potions that regenerate health or provide immunity against fire for a limited amount of time. There are also several treasures hidden in the dungeon, finding them will increase the player's score at the end of the level. The player can save this game during a level by finding the various save points.

The game also features the two multiplayer-modes: Deathmatch and Last Man Standing.

Screenshots

Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon PlayStation Destroying the robot with a spell.
Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon PlayStation Lightning bolt
Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon Windows a distant view
Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon PlayStation Crossing swords with the amazons.

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User Reviews

Tomb Raider Goes Fighting Fantasy Windows wampyrii (9)

The Press Says

Privat Computer PC Windows 1998 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun 03, 1998 82 out of 100 82
Power Play Windows Jun, 1998 80 out of 100 80
Game Revolution Windows Jun 05, 2004 B 75
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Windows Dec, 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
IGN PlayStation Apr 03, 1998 5 out of 10 50
IGN Windows Aug 13, 1998 4.7 out of 10 47
PSM PlayStation Jun, 1998 2 out of 5 40
GameSpot PlayStation Apr 22, 1998 3.7 out of 10 37
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 08, 2012 D+ 33

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Lots of screenshots and a few videos 11 Sciere (249039)
Mar 01, 2009

Trivia

Advertising
When the game first came out, one of the ads was about an average looking gamer being chained to the wall in a dungeon, a dominatrix standing near with a whip, and a computer with Deathtrap Dungeon just out of reach. The ad blurb was "The only thing worse than Deathtrap Dungeon is... Not being able to play it." Eidos eventually withdrew the ad.

One of the characters in the game is a female swordsmen, except she was in a thong leather bikini in the preview pictures! Due to ratings concerns, Eidos gave her some 'proper' armor (chainmail bodice) before the game went gold. The female character, in subsequent beta screenshots, also had a 'chain bra'. Basically, the only things it covered were her nipples, with the chain attached only by her nipples.

Inspiration
Based on the multi-million selling Fighting Fantasy gamebook series by Ian Livingstone & Steve Jackson. The original Deathtrap Dungeon gamebook was released in 1984.

Limited Edition
Eidos released a Limited Edition version of Deathtrap Dungeon in the United Kingdom. This included some nifty items:
  • A copy of the Fighting Fantasy gamebook of the same name, originally published in 1984.
  • A Deathtrap Dungeon card game.
  • A 2-for-1 ticket to visit the London Dungeon, described as "a museum of simulated horror from history, recalling events of atrocities from the past" (http://www.tourist-information-uk.com/london-dungeon.htm).
Information provided here also contributed by CaptainCanuck and KnockStump.

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