- Castle of Riddles
Infobox VG| title = Castle of Riddles
developer = Peter Killworth
released = BBC: 1982
Acorn Electron, BBC Micro
media = Cassette,
input = Keyboard
"Castle of Riddles" is a
text adventurereleased by Acornsoftfor the BBC Micro(in 1982) and Acorn Electron( 1984) home computers. The game was written by Peter Killworth and was one of a series of text adventures written for, or ported to the BBC Micro by the same author (others including " Countdown to Doom" and "Philosopher's Quest"). As with all such games, only text is used. The player must use a simple 'verb-noun' format (eg 'Go North', 'Get lamp') to control the game. Unlike Killworth's other Acornsoft adventures, "Castle of Riddles" was not updated and reissued by Topologikaso became unavailable after 1985 when Acorn Computers(parent company of Acornsoft) pulled out of the games publishing market. Some of the puzzles however were included in the Topologika version of "Philosopher's Quest". [http://www.if-legends.org/~adventure/Acornsoft.html]
The player takes the role of a 'professional adventurer' who is 'down to his last silver piece'. His services are hired by a wizard whose
castlehas been taken over by a warlock. The warlock has also found the wizard's "Magic Ring of Power" which must be returned. The player must navigate the castle, solve problems and avoid booby traps set by the warlock in order to recover the magic ringfor the wizard. The adventurer must also search for treasureand deposit it in a safewhich he can then keep as payment.
Points are awarded for picking up treasure and again for depositing it in the safe as well as completing cetain tasks. The maximum possible score is 250.
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