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Island, The
by Martyn Charles Davis
Virgin Games Ltd
1983
Crash Living Guide Issue 02, March 1984   page(s) 66

Producer: Virgin Games, 48K £5.95
Author: Martyn Davies
Apparently you live in a clutch of South Sea islands, one of which contains gold. Find the map, find the correct island and get rich quick. A mostly text adventure with arcade sequences to add to the fun - that's the idea - the reality is something else. It's had one good review we've seen, but goodness knows why! This isn't a real adventure at all in the proper sense. You're led by the nose along the correct guessing path until you end up with an impossible arcade sequence which demands you sail your ship through a rock-infested sea. Deviation from the author's intended path results in terminating the game. Excellent response tiems to nowhere. Sorry, it's rubbish. Overall CRASH rating below 20%. M/C


Transcript by Chris Bourne

Crash Living Guide Issue 04, May 1984   page(s) 75

Producer: Virgin Games, 48K £5.95
Author: Martyn Davies
Apparently you live in a clutch of South Sea islands, one of which contains gold. Find the map, find the correct island and get rich quick. A mostly text adventure with arcade sequences to add to the fun - that's the idea - the reality is something else. It's had one good review we've seen, but goodness knows why! This isn't a real adventure at all in the proper sense. You're led by the nose along the correct guessing path until you end up with an impossible arcade sequence which demands you sail your ship through a rock-infested sea. Deviation from the author's intended path results in terminating the game. Excellent response tiems to nowhere. Sorry, it's rubbish. Overall CRASH rating below 20%. M/C


Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair User Issue 24, March 1984   page(s) 9 (Supplement)

FIND THE ISLAND, find the treasure and return home with it. That is the challenge presented by The Island, an adventure game for the 48K Spectrum.

Leaving home and setting off for the island are simple enough if the player remembers to examine the map before leaving. Sailing towards the island produces one of the action sequences which are advertised on the cassette cover. The boat must be guided round numerous rocks and a crash will result in the central character's death.

It is a simple little game which seems out of place in an adventure game and which will send players expecting to be tested on their mental, not their manual dexterity, back to the beginning of the game many times.

The adventure has sufficient openings to persuade a beginner to continue with it and sufficient problems to test anyone. An addition to the normal adventure format is sound; the mosquitos buzz ominously, the flute plays tunelessly, and the computer reacts with different sounds to statements which it understands and to ones it does not. The Island is produced by Virgin Games Ltd.

Memory: 48K
Price: £5.95


Gilbert Factor7/10
Transcript by Chris Bourne

Sinclair Programs Issue 17, March 1984   page(s) 9

With programs such as the Legend Valhalla (48K) and Melbourne House Hobbit (48K) on sale, other adventures fade into insignificance. The Island, produced by Virgin Games for the 48K Spectrum, is an enjoyable adventure, with added sound effects and short games contained in it.


OverallNot Rated
Transcript by Chris Bourne

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