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Kobyashi Naru

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
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2.5
PC Booter
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2.6
Amstrad CPC
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2.4
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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 An axe to smite people?
Kobyashi Naru Commodore 64 At the edge of a pit
Kobyashi Naru Commodore 64 Starting location - choose your path
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Kobyashi" -- Cassette label title
  • "Kobayashi Naru" -- PC Booter in-game title
  • "Kobayashi Naru" -- Ingame Amstrad CPC/C64 Title

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The Press Says

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Commodore 64 Jun, 1987 8 out of 10 80
Computer Gamer Commodore 64 Apr, 1987 61 out of 100 61
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 (35666) and Martin Smith (63054)