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Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda (Atari ST)

Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda Atari ST Title screen (Original version 1.01 - 1999, TT Low resolution 320x480x256 Colors). The game is running in a Window of a GEM application


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Fanwor - The Legend of Gemda is an action adventure game inspired by The Legend of Zelda, but with slightly reduced complexity and the main focus on action and exploration.

Once there was peace in the land of Fanwor, as Princess Gemda ruled the land protected by the eight "Gems of Power". Somehow, during her holidays, monsters stole those Gems and locked them in deep dungeons. Of course you, the player, has to recover all eight.

You do this by travelling through flip-screen landscapes filled with monsters. You can hit them with your sword, which kills most monsters instantly, but some of the stronger monsters take several hits before they vanish. The player starts with 20 health points and those can only be recovered by finding one of the eight gems or a (rare) fairy lake. Getting one of the gems does not only restores full health, but also increases the maximum health by 10.


Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda Atari ST I cannot cross the river at this screen as it seems
Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda Atari ST The skulls can, like other flying enemies, cross stones
Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda Atari ST Passing through the forest, the landscape becomes...
Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda Atari ST Deep under the earth, there is the first Gem!

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  • "Fanwor" -- In-game title of version 1.12

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Originally, the game was written for the Magic Game Contest 1999, organised by several forum members and companies in the Atari ST field. The goal of the competition was to convert a classic computer- or videogame as pure GEM application ("GEM" was the graphical user interface of the Atari ST's "TOS" operating system). Out of 10 entries in the competition, Fanwor was voted on the third place.
Competition results at Demozoo


  • Magic Game Contest
    • 1999 – #3 Best GEM remake of a classical game

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Jo ST (24071) added Fanwor: The Legend of Gemda (Atari ST) on Aug 26, 2015
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