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Download Defender of Boston - The Rock Island Mystery

Defender of Boston - The Rock Island Mystery
 
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Tim Wisseman, and his brother Kenneth teamed up to make the game “Defender of Boston” in the early 90s. The game is a combination of mystery, science fiction, and horror, a very Lovecraftian themed game. You are sent to Rock Island by a group in Boston named “The Fanus Foundation.” The purpose of “The Foundation” is never clearly spelled out, but it seems to be a group trying to protect the city of Boston from whatever evil may come its way, hence the name “Defender of Boston.” A fellow member of the Foundation, Fred Black, mysteriously vanished after he came into possession of a strange and powerful object just referred to as “The Thing.” Black's house has been burnt down, and his wife has been murdered, Fred Black being the primary suspect. You begin to find out that not all is well on this island, you have all of these strange star-shaped symbols all over the island, the existence of a strange cult, wildlife going mad, and various different reports of UFOs. As you find out more in depth about these events, you will gain more and more points. The more you know about what is going on, the more points that will accumulate.

In this game you can assemble items, such as MacGyver, put together explosives out of household components, etc. You can also make and cook food, and assemble weapons. The game is also very open ended in its movement system, you can go any which way you want to in real time, but if you move too fast you will get fatigued and will have to rest. Also, when moving in the open, you may possibly be attacked by the agitated wild-life upset by some unknown force, or by the frog-like Deep Ones who will kill you just by targeting them. (run if you hear a weird croaking type sound). Quite a few of the houses are spread apart, so you may spend a lot of turns moving if you are encumbered with items. The game has a vast assortment of skills to choose from when you start the game, from Strength to the more unusual Ti-Chi and Ninjitsu. Some of them allowing you to see, hear, and do more in the game, while some other skills seem to have a negligible effect. This game also has an unforgiving Rogue-like saving system, where it saves your character when you quit the game, and deletes it if you die.

Pros: Open ended movement system, intriguing plot, massive map, wide assortment of characters to interview, with distinct and interesting personalities, many are eccentric, and an island with many hidden secrets and stories for you to discover.

Cons: The unforgiving rogue-like saving system, sub-par graphics (they probably limited themselves to few colors), a major saving game glitch where items vanish if you quit the game and return later (hopefully when DOSBox comes out with save state this will no longer be an issue)

While this game may have some drawbacks, the plot will draw you in, the game is almost as if you are playing an X-Files episode.


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