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Kobyashi Naru

MobyRank MobyScore
Commodore 64
...
4.0
Amstrad CPC
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4.0
PC Booter
...
4.0
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Description

Split into knowledge, wisdom and understanding sections, the Kobyashi Naru trial must be completed in order to gain immortal status. Collect the required objects from each one in this adventure game.

The game offers pictures of each location and significant objects, and a textual description of each location, but beyond this the game system is atypical of 1980s adventures, especially those originating on cassette. A set of icons is displayed in the top half of the screen, which are selected to activate movement, item manipulation, analysing the scene (by selecting specific words of text), and actions like ascending, throwing and swimming. Puzzle solving always uses objects either in the scene description or your inventory.

Screenshots

Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum Knowledge section completed
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum You carry the answer; is this it?
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum The gas is a puzzle
Kobyashi Naru Commodore 64 Starting location - choose your path

Alternate Titles

  • "Kobyashi" -- Cassette label title
  • "Kobayashi Naru" -- Ingame Amstrad CPC/C64 Title

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The Press Says

Tilt Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 12 out of 20 60
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 60 out of 100 60

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Trivia

Title

The title of the game is derived from the fictional training test in the Star Trek universe with the name "Kobayashi Maru". It is featured in the film Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan as a simulation for Starfleet officers.
Contributed to by POMAH (31792) and Martin Smith (63162)