& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Castle Master II - The Crypt was a challenge I had
to undertake having beaten the first
Castle Master game.
I thoroughly enjoyed playing the first game and the
second one is much more of the same ("it's exactly the same game engine" - Vinny).
This time you have to escape a crypt. You start on the
bottom floor and have to work your way up by solving
puzzles as you progress. The graphics are your typical
Freescape standard and again you have to find hidden
keys and kill spirits that haunt most rooms. To fully
enjoy the game you will need to speed it up by using an
emulator, as the graphics are painfully slow at normal
speed. This game is another top C64 title which I
thoroughly recommend. It's an original and atmospheric
challenge that will keep you busy for a while...
time for the
...and time to leave
the Crypt behind...
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I played it while using some maps and solutions I found
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once you have opened the drawbridge and walked outside
the game is beaten. The word 'ESCAPE!!' appears
in the bottom corner as the player runs away from the
castle as you see it shrink into the distance. A short
jingle plays and your score, total number of keys and
amount of spirits destroyed are shown at the bottom of
Seen it all before. It's a shame they didn't improve
on the original ending. Don't let it put you off
playing though. 2/10.
It's a shame that the programmer didn't improve the
game engine, but I suppose he thought that if it
I'm going to give this
ending 0.5 more than Castle Master 1, just for the
fact that it shows you escaping from the Crypt,
which is more of a visual epilogue. In my mind,
definitely a more positive experience.
Did you know that this (and the second Total Eclipse
game) were initially only available through The Home
Computer Club mail order service?
I suppose you can say the same about this as the
first one, slightly disappointing in that not a lot
happens but clever how it uses the "existing"
graphics to create the end sequence. 3/10.
Although similar, I actually prefer the ending to
this one rather than the original game. It basically
represents someone 'legging it' from the Castle. Do
you think the guy is still running? Given the speed
of Freescape he (or she) has probably done around
400 metres by now... :)
Is there a 3rd Castle Master game? One that was
included as a freebie at Christmas? Or is my mind
playing tricks again?