Discworld

aka: DiscWorld, Discworld: The Trouble With Dragons, Ohlam Ha disc, Terry Pratchett's Discworld, Terry Pratchett's Mundodisco
Moby ID: 184
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This adventure game puts the player in the shoes of Rincewind, a wizard whose sole purpose in life is to stay alive. He appears to be very good at it as well, because apparently the universe has decided to continuously challenge him. The game takes place in the humorous fantasy world created by Terry Pratchett. The world is called the Discworld, as it is actually a flat disc carried on the backs of four gigantic elephants, which themselves stand on the back of an even larger turtle.

The story is loosely based on the novel "Guards! Guards!". Both in the book and the game, a dragon is summoned by a group of mysterious conspirators and now terrorizes the city state of Ankh-Morpork. Being the most expendable wizard of the Unseen University, Rincewind is given the task to get rid of the beast (only in the game though; in the book, the city's nightwatch has to deal with the problem).

Discworld is a classical point-and-click adventure game with a few original features. For example, Rincewind's inventory is limited to two objects, and the majority of his belongings is stored in the Luggage, an intelligent chest with dozens of little feet. Furthermore, at a certain point in the game the player gains access to a time-traveling device and has to send Rincewind to the past and back in order to solve some of the puzzles.

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  • עולם הדיסק - Hebrew spelling
  • ディスクワールド - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 84% (based on 44 ratings)

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Average score: 3.9 out of 5 (based on 102 ratings with 5 reviews)

Interesting, if nothing more.

The Good
The graphics are good, the plot is great (but would you expect anything different from Pratchett?). The game is funny, and the elaborations (librarian, luggage) are simply hillarious.

The Bad
The animations aren't very good, and the game gets rather dull after a while. I haven't completed it though.

The Bottom Line
Solid. You'll probably like it if you like ths style.

DOS · by Tomer Gabel (4539) · 1999

A charming adaptation.

The Good
This game successfully brought the magic of Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" to the computer game format. The plot is similar to "Guards! Guards!", although Rincewind is cast as the protagonist this time around.

Eric Idle does a fantastic job as the voice of Rincewind, and the other actors' performances are also well done.

Several concepts from the Discworld novels are translated into interesting game mechanics, most noticeably the use of "L-Space". Using L-Space, you are able to travel back to the previous night, which is necessary to perform a few crucial actions and change history a tiny bit.

The music is catchy and engaging, and serves as a nice complement to the graphics. The graphics themselves are drawn in an attractive cartoon-ish style that seems to draw inspiration from Josh Kirby's famed Discworld illustrations.

The entire game is quite immersive. I certainly felt as if I were wandering the streets of Ankh-Morpork. The game looked, sounded, and felt pretty much how I imagined Discworld to be like while reading the novels, and the patent humor was still present.

The Bad
Sometimes, the solutions to the puzzles were rather outlandish, as one might expect. I had to seek help on some of the more illogical ones.

Other than that, I have no complaints.

The Bottom Line
A must-play game for fans of the Discworld series, and highly recommended for adventure gamers with a sense of humor. Don't be embarrassed to look for hints or solutions to some of the more outlandish puzzles.

DOS · by Halleck (389) · 2005

A hilariously fun game.

The Good
Terry Pratchet writes some of the funniest dialogue in any computer game. A highlight is the conversation with the court jester. The puzzles are true to the book series, and the solutions make sense (at least if you've read the books). The graphics are rather cartoony, but well done.

The Bad
The biggest problem with this game is it's awkward interface. Often, you spend as much time trying to get the character to do what you want as you do deciding what you want him to do. Also, there are occasional problems with graphics distorting and making it difficult to play.

The Bottom Line
A very original game, extremely enjoyable, but with some technical problems which interfere with gameplay.

DOS · by Blacksun (89) · 2000

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CD-ROM version

The CD-ROM version features full voice acting, including British actor Eric Idle, known from Monty Python.

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Game added by Tomer Gabel.

Macintosh added by Alsy. SEGA Saturn added by keth. PlayStation added by Adam Baratz.

Additional contributors: MAT, Roger Wilco, Itay Brenner, Jeanne, Foxhack, Crawly, ケヴィン, Macs Black, Patrick Bregger, Ingsoc.

Game added August 5, 1999. Last modified October 20, 2023.