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Eric the Unready
 
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Eric the Unready is one of those games that you will remember for life. Once you have played the game, it becomes a part of you. You will never be able to look at anything the same way again. The game begins like any other adventure game set in the medieval era in Britain - beautiful green hills surrounding a small village with a fairytale castle on the highest point. But this is the first, last and ONLY time this game will ever look and feel like an ordinary adventure game.

Eric the Unready brings new life to the Adventure genre - in fact I would go so far as to say that it creates a whole new branch of this genre. It uses well-known effects from other adventure games, chews them up and spits them out in a completely new way. If you don’t understand what I mean, try summoning Pegasus later in the game, and see what pops up. Let’s just say you’re in for a surprise.

The game itself is about a valiant knight fighting for justice and glory at a time when heroes are few. And, looking at your own merits, it seems it will continue to stay that way for quite some time. Basically you are the worst knight ever to walk on British soil. Only one person in the whole kingdom believes in you, the princess Lorealle the Worthy. It might not come as a big surprise that a bit later in the game she gets kidnapped, and that it is up to you to rescue the fair maiden. The surprises in the game come when you discover how you are supposed to solve the different quests throughout the game. Let me give you another example. Your first quest involves an (it is assumed) enchanted farmer's daughter, a love-sick piggy, an adventure inside an outdoor toilet and rampaging cows! Sounds interesting? It is. And every detail will be described in tomorrow’s newspaper. The newspaper will accompany you throughout the game. Even in the deepest dungeons or the farthest reaches of the kingdom there will always be a newspaper waiting for you.

The controls in the game might seem a bit difficult at first, but don’t be fooled. The game system is extremely easy to use. All the most common commands are listed in the left column, and you can either use your mouse to make sentences or simply write them with the keyboard. You can use either your keyboard or your mouse for any action in this game. Walking is done by either clicking on the compass, or writing directions in the command line. One nice little feature about the game is that it all takes place in real-time. Leave the game alone, and time will pass. If you want to sit tight at any time in the game, simply write 'WAIT' in the command line.

When it comes to the graphics and music, Eric scores high points. The video graphics (like the intro) are astonishingly well-made and rival those of Sierra. The game interface is distinctive, having all the details described in a window below a scene picture. Together with the command bar they make for an excellent adventure feel. The music can only be described as fantastic. It enhances the feel of the game in a way I can not even describe.

If I were to minimize the review into a few sentences only, I would say that this game will surprise you on all levels. The humour is delicate yet sharp as a knife. It is an adventure with attitude!



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Reviewed by: Tom Henrik / Screenshots by: Tom Henrik / Uploaded by: Tom Henrik / share on facebook
 

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