& Reviewed by Neil Collins, Vinny Mainolfi & Bradley
Reviewed by Neil Collins
The Scrolls of Abadon by Access is an underrated
puzzle/platform game. It scored a measly 28% in ZZAP!64
magazine, which I believe was quite harsh ("me too!"
of the game is to locate sixteen pieces of a magic
amulet that are scattered throughout four levels of
increasing difficulty. The game is played on 3D(!) grids
where you must run around collecting gems in order to
activate the power discs that provide transport to the
neighbouring zones. You can't backtrack on your path, so
you need to think about how you make your way around the
mazes and there are also numerous types of baddies that
try and get in your way. Throughout the game you can
collect spells that will aid you temporarily.
graphics are average and it plays fairly well if a
little frustrating at times. It's a game that you need
to fully understand to enjoy playing. I played it years
ago without knowing what to do and found it very dull.
I'd recommend this to puzzle game fans who don't mind a
bit of pac-man style action.
The final scroll is
Phew! The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
- Neil: I played
it and saved my position as I conquered the zones.
- Vinny: It's a
bit of a long story, but the short of it is that I
thought that we didn't have then ending, and so I spent
an hour or so hacking the game, coding a level skip
feature, adding in a scroll-collecting feature and then
finally seeing the ending... to find that it was already
in the OFFLINE
ARCHIVE from two different people! D'oh!
I used a trained version.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
Once all zones are conquered and all pieces of the
amulet collected, the game is beaten. A final end
message appears. It tells you how the wizard has now
fled and that the quest is at an end. You are given some
extra information about a spell that will allow you to
control the monsters using a second joystick. You are
also told that you are now a wizard in your own right
and your friendship is valued after the long and hard
quest. Your friend also says he will follow you wherever
you go (isn't that stalking?).