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Y'n Hsi is a Buddhist monk whose father was murdered by a warlord called Ch'un Kuei. In order to defeat the tyrant and regain his family's palace, he must tread the golden path, the road to transcendence.

The Golden Path is a point and click adventure game. Instead of using verbs like in Maniac Mansion, the player controls the monk with the mouse by moving a cursor shaped like a Chinese letter and clicking directly at him on the screen. Left-clicking on a spot on the ground moves the monk towards it. Left-clicking below Y'n Hsi makes him bend over to drop or pick objects on the ground. Left-clicking above his head makes him try to use the object he is holding at the moment (if it is not possible to do so, a question mark appears). Right-clicking makes him punch and kick, his defense against enemies. Every time the monk is hit, the inventory briefly flashes. A book sits at the bottom-left of the screen, and serves as a hint system of sorts. When clicking on it, a message about the screen appears with explanations to events, characters and objects. Besides the book is the inventory with four slots for objects. Left-clicking on an object places it on Y'n Hsi hands. Above the inventory is a slowly withering vine as the energy bar. It grows with the completion of certain tasks.

The main objective is to follow the golden path. Literally. On the bottom-right of the screen there is a small version of the main game screen that shows the path and its bifurcations. The character moves from screen to screen collecting things laying around, fighting the occasional enemy and using the right object at the right place.

Pressing S saves the game, while typing L loads it.


The Golden Path Atari ST Information about my current location
The Golden Path Amiga Dragon attacking
The Golden Path Amiga Killed by a Jesus look-alike
The Golden Path Amiga Death message

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Zzap! Amiga Apr, 1988 85 out of 100 85
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Jul, 1987 10.2 out of 12 85
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1988 78 out of 100 78
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Apr, 1988 78 out of 100 78
Amiga User International Amiga Mar, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Commodore User Amiga Mar, 1988 7 out of 10 70
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Sep, 1987 6 out of 10 60
Happy Computer Atari ST 1986 56 out of 100 56
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Apr, 1988 511 out of 1000 51


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