I used to love text adventures. Back in the days of the Spectrum, they were the only real genre that offered a level of freedom that we take for granted today. Of course, I was utterly useless at them, and many years later when I finally complete this game with the aid of a walk through from World of Spectrum, I realised that I could have sat in front of my Speccy for months and I would never have completed The Sorcerer of Claymorgue Castle back in the 80’s.
You play a Beanwick, a wizard’s apprentice whose job it is to retrieve 13 magical stars hidden away in the mystical Claymorgue Castle. You have a few spells to help you and standing in your way are various beasties and some devious puzzles. I got Claymorgue on the Beau Jolly 10 Computer Hits compilation. I spent a long time wandering around the castle not really sure what I should be doing so in the end gave up, frustrated. But if you’re actually into your adventures and any good at them, I’m sure there’s much to admire here.
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