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Deadenders is a text adventure game with graphics.

In the UK there is a BBC television soap-opera called 'Eastenders' which concerns the lives of everyday normal London folk living in Walford's Albert Square. This game is a spoof on that TV series and takes many of its names from the original. Albert Square becomes Herbert Square, Dirty den Watts becomes Dirty Dan, and so-on.

The story concerns Effi who's lost her little Willie. The player takes the role of PC Donald "Dirty" Dance who must investigate Herbert Square and its residents to solve the mystery.

In this game there are no player aids such as command lists or command icons. All instructions must be typed out in full.


Deadenders ZX Spectrum The game's title screen. It's a based on the title screen of the TV series where the blue band is actually a birds eye view of the River Thames
Deadenders ZX Spectrum The next location is upstairs. This screen shot shows 
a) the need to type very carefully
b) the game's humour in its character descriptions
Deadenders ZX Spectrum The game starts here in Effi's flat. A picture to start the game would have been nice
Deadenders ZX Spectrum A picture. This is the heart of the square.

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Sinclair User Feb, 1989 59 out of 100 59
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Apr, 1989 20 out of 100 20


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piltdown_man (151592) added Deadenders (ZX Spectrum) on Mar 08, 2011
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