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Cornelius the Elf was living peacefully in a forest with his sweetheart Elisa. However, an evil creature known as Necrilous the Not-Very-Nice kidnapped Elisa and disappeared with her. Cornelius must embark on a perilous journey to rescue the love of his life.

Elf is a platform action game with light adventure elements. Cornelius is armed with a ring that fires projectiles at enemies. During the course of the game he can collect herbs and animals (called "pets"), which can be traded in shops for upgrades such as stronger attacks, extra speed, magic spells, or devices such as a flying machine. In addition, certain segments require the player to communicate with NPCs populating the game world and fulfill their requests, usually by obtaining specific items for them.

The game keeps track of the player character's behavior, assigning the player a rating and affecting the ending scene depending on the protagonist's actions, which mainly involve killing or sparing the lives of the game's non-hostile characters. The protagonist's health is measured in hearts and lives, which can be replenished or increased. The player can save the game between stages.


Elf Atari ST I can enter this house
Elf Amiga Spider and rabbit approaching
Elf Amiga Sky dragon nearby
Elf Amiga Title screen

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Critic Reviews

Datormagazin Amiga Nov, 1991 89 out of 100 89
ST Action Atari ST Mar, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Secret Service / New S Service Amiga Jan, 1995 250 out of 300 83
Amiga Joker Amiga Sep, 1991 81 out of 100 81
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Sep, 1991 810 out of 1000 81
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1991 69 out of 100 69
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1991 8 out of 12 67
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1991 8 out of 12 67
Amiga Power Amiga Oct, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 67
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1993 53 out of 100 53


Topic # Posts Last Post
What keys? 4 Rwolf (21356)
Feb 10, 2013



The first Amiga disk contains the following message from the authors of the game to all potential crackers:

Well, well, well. What can I write in this sector ? I could tell you nosy sods to bugger off. Hmmm, OK then ... BUGGER OFF YOU NOSY SODS !!!!!!!! Copy this disk and your knob will fall off. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED. Don't come running to me with your meat and two veg ! I was only joking - honest .... BYE BYE. See you on the next game ....


  • ST Format
    • January 1993 (issue #42) - #12 in '50 finest Atari ST games of all time' list

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