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Plumbers Don't Wear Ties
In a nut-shell: Super Texty Adventure
Developer: PROSM Software
Yawn Sinclair MegaGame
Be ready for some almost NSFW type text adventuring Spec-chums thanks to PROSM's slightly belated conversion of the smash hit (probably) Windows 3.1 and Panasonic 3DO game Plumbers Don't Wear Ties.
The rather plain loading screen and title could lead you to a mis-apprehension, but like crap games from previous years (albeit with more blatant names) such as UDG - Strip Snap, your pulse will soon be on the up, especially from the suductive, almost croner-like use of the powerful beeper on loading. Are you ready for some lurve?!?
The story starts with John receiving a call from his mother who basically wants him to find someone to marry, and for some reason, she thinks the best way to impress a Women from the 1990s is for him to wear a Polkadot tie. Phwhoar!
Early on in the game John meets Jane by chance, and from here you then control the events with the aim of getting these two well-matched potential lovers together.
This is kind of a new sort of text adventure for the Spectrum, in that rather than endlessly entering in long commands such as N, S, E, L, I and all of those other shortcuts I remember that usually worked on most textys, you're given options at each stage based on where the current events. Who makes the first move is your first decision, and then the story continues based on that decision. Phew! No getting eaten by a Grue here.
Sultry graphics round off this production with an almost perfect 10! Get yer rocks off with this steamy production.
Summary: Just the ticket to get you in the mood for some lovin'!
Phwoar! Check out those pixels!
Ring of the Inka
In a nut-shell: Lost in Peru
Developer: Volker Bartheld, Michael Wiedmer
Ring of the Inka is a game of many adventures which offers much excitement for any texty fan, with the stated quest being to find one of the most precious treasures located somewhere in modern-day Peru. But your first task is to get onto land from your floaty vessel. Yikes!
Well, where do we start with this one then? Firstly, it was developed using Sinclair's super-diskette beater, the famous Micro Drive. Yep, those small looped tapes that would allow faster loading that from bigger non-looped tapes. Fortunately, this 1980s advanced technology may be emulated on your modern-days personal computer to get you playing. Marvelous, eh?
The game itself has some average graphics, but benefits from devious puzzles. Take a wrong turn and you end up unable to make it to shore to start the adventure proper. And when you do make it to dry land, dear adventurer, you could quickly find your death. And that's if the program holds together long enough without crashing! All of this adds to the mental tension as you struggle to remember the shortcut commands so you don't have to type NORTH, WEST etc...
This production is one for adventurers of all abilities, be you seasoned or be this your first ever entry into this texty world. A very worthy entry indeed.
Summary: A nice text adventure for all.
Death is around every corner in Ring of the Inka.