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Written by  :  willyum (1028)
Written on  :  Oct 17, 2001
Platform  :  DOS
Rating  :  3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars

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Summary

An old-school post-apocalyptic adventure

The Good

The game's interface is very simple, making the learning curve fairly low. Thus, it does not take very long to get into the game and play it. Furthermore, the setting is very nice, and the plot is pretty good. The endgame, I thought, was one of the best ones I've seen, as it is pretty complete.

The Bad

You only get to choose from 3 characters, and there's really no character skills. By default, Jakka would be the best character, as she has a mutant eyebeam, as compared to a dagger or just plain fists. The monsters can be pretty tough, and combat usually involves running from creatures, turning around, attacking, and then running. Also, only 3 saved games were allotted at a time, making it kind of disappointing. It's also very easy to kill someone that you will need, making the game even more difficult to beat.

The Bottom Line

The game's setting is a most interesting one. It is set sometime after a nuclear holocaust has cleansed the land, leaving scattered villages of humans and mutants. You have been chosen by the village elder to investigate rumors of a war to wipe out mutants that the humans are planning. You choose from 3 characters: a mutant, a half-mutant, and a normal human being. The game's graphics are dated, but were very good for its time. Furthermore, the story is very well written, and there are numerous things that make the game more enjoyable. For instance, the best way to heal to is eat either a dried heart or a fresh heart. Various items are purposely misspelled, to give the impression that technology is not lost, but nearly forgotten. UZI's are spelled oozee, and CD's are ceedee's. There's also a city where some weird cult members are worshipping an Apple computer.

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