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The Neverending Story is a text adventure based on the movie by Wolfgang Petersen (rather than the novel by Michael Ende).

The world of Fantasia is about to be destroyed by the "All-consuming Nothing", it needs someone from the "Real World" to believe in it again in order to be saved from falling into oblivion.

The player takes control of the young hero Atreyu who is the only one who can find the savior of Fantasia. The game uses different pictures to show the player's current location as well as the items he is holding, which companions are with him and any events that might be taking place. The game's parser has been deliberately kept simple (it has a vocabulary of about 40 words) in order to allow more room for the game data.


The Neverending Story ZX Spectrum Loading screen
The Neverending Story Apple II Title screen.
The Neverending Story Atari 8-bit Start game...
The Neverending Story Commodore 64 Starting location

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Feb, 1986 8.75 out of 10 88
Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jan, 1986 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Zzap! Commodore 64 Dec, 1985 65 out of 100 65


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ZX Spectrum 128K version

In contrast to the 48K version, ZX Spectrum 128K version contains a version of Limahl's song that loops throughout the game.

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