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The last of the evil Drune Wizards who have been ruling Lyonesse is dead. Don't get the champagne out yet though, because his evil power lives on until his name (which, as with all the Drunes, is a closely-guarded secret) is said. The only person who knows it is his daughter, who is trapped in Small Sky Tower. This, coupled with the fact that she's reputedly beautiful, is all the incentive Slaine needs to track her down.

The game system is unusual - known as REFLEX, it is menu-based, but these menus appear and disappear in real-time, meaning that the game has a constant aspect of pressure and time-sensitivity. You must collect and examine objects, map your way through Lyonesse, and use your mighty sword where needed. Slaine must keep an eye on his Warp rating, which drops in unsuccessful combat but is replenished either by physical (eating food) or mental (the high of winning a battle, or having a run of time without one) factors, and has a big effect on his performance.

Screenshots

Sláine ZX Spectrum Trying to move
Sláine Commodore 64 Punching our sidekick for no apparent reason
Sláine Amstrad CPC Title screen.
Sláine Amstrad CPC Loading screen.

Promo Images

Sláine Concept Art

Alternate Titles

  • "Sláine, the King" -- Working title
  • "Slaine from 2000 AD" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Your Sinclair ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 9 out of 10 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 8 out of 10 80
Crash! ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 70 out of 100 70
Tilt Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 13 out of 20 65
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1987 7.75 out of 12 65
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Jan, 1988 615 out of 1000 62
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Jan, 1988 615 out of 1000 62
Tilt ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 12 out of 20 60
The Games Machine (UK) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 45 out of 100 45
The Games Machine (UK) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 45 out of 100 45

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Trivia

Sláine is based on the comic book series of the same name which appeared originally in the pages of famed british comic book magazine 2000 AD (of Judge Dredd fame). The series made its first appearance in the 330th issue of the magazine (august, 1983) it was created by the husband / wife team of Pat Mills and Angie Kincaid and it chronicles the adventures of the Irish barbarian Sláine, as he tries to defend the land for the earth goddess.
Contributed to by Martin Smith (66864)