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Kobyashi Naru

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ZX Spectrum
Amstrad CPC
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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.


Kobyashi Naru Commodore 64 A megaunit
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum How 'Understanding' starts
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum This is not the way
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum Down a different river

Alternate Titles

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

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Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 61 out of 100 61
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 60 out of 100 60
Tilt Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 12 out of 20 60


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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.
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