AGH Atari 8-Bit Computer Review:

by Sirius

The Blade Of Blackpoole
The Blade of Blackpoole has you take the part of an adventurer who finds himself transported back to the days of King Arthur. The characters in this text adventure are very demanding and remarkably helpless. They all want something and it's as if you are there solely to serve them. You're the one elected to locate and schlep back the things they need. And it's not exactly the type of things you can grab at your local K-Mart, either. These people want things like the Jewel of Selmarn and the magical sword called Myraglym, just to name a few of the many treasures.

Everything is done via typing, whether it be to move around, take something, or talk to someone. Aside from the usual commands such as "East," "West" and so on, you can also carry on conversations with several of the characters in the scenario: The carnivorous plant which bars your passage asks for something he gets in the spring. You first have to solve this riddle (hint: Spring refers to the season, not a babbling brook), then locate the object and carry it back to him; a recluse who hides behind a tree demands the Jewel of Selmarn before he'll give you any clues to Myraglym's whereabouts, and in the tavern you can ask the bartender and merry-making gentlemen questions, but their answers aren't exactly englightening. You can also purchase beer and other necessities for travel in the wilderness.

As with other games of the same type, The Blade of Blackpoole can get frustrating at times. You'll find yourself stuck in some places with no clue as to the command you should enter. If there's any solace, there is always a way out. For example, in the quicksand pits, you can emerge unharmed. How? I'll leave that up to you -- just experiment with words such as jump, fly, leave and exit). This problem, however, isn't restricted to this particular game so I won't complain too much about it. It does have quite a broad vocabulary and understands a good deal more than many other adventure games out there, however. In addition, the game is nice to look at and effectively gives the feeling that you've travelled back in time to the days where men where men and people didn't bathe for weeks at a time.

Title The Blade Of Blackpoole
Publisher Sirius
System Atari 400/800/XL/XE
Graphics 7
Sound N/A
Gameplay 6
Overall 6
Reviewer Keita Iida

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