Kobyashi Naru (ZX Spectrum)

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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.

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Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum Using the 'use' command
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum No fear here
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum How 'Understanding' starts
Kobyashi Naru ZX Spectrum An axe to smite people?

Alternate Titles

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

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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.
Martin Smith (63067) added Kobyashi Naru (ZX Spectrum) on Mar 15, 2007
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