Sinclair User


Author: Richard Price
Publisher: IMS Software
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K

Published in Sinclair User #35


Ghoulies isn't about what you think, so stop sniggering and pay attention.

Long ago a wicked monk got up to some very nasty business. The inquisition tried him but he would not spill the beans. His secret now lies in the ruins of an ancient labyrinth, along with some treasure and a lot of extremely unpleasant psychic manifestations - ghouls, ghosts and all the other things that go bump in the night. The locality is terrorised by such creatures. Your job is to seek out the hidden truth and to survive.

Ghoulies is a text adventure which looks like it was written on the Quill but features some fancy graphics. Those occupy the top few lines of the screen and are colourful and very well drawn. They are also almost instantaneous and waste no time.

The descriptions are reasonably detailed and there is a fine sense of atmosphere in the game. That is intensified, not interrupted, by the graphics. The general presentation alone is enough to make you want to play whilst the plot is intricate and riddled with hazard. You will get a good picture of a superstition-ridden late medieval village, with its apothecary, alchemist and hostile locals... not forgetting the ruinious abbey and its dark, foreboding crypt. IMS deserves a pat on the back for this attractive and well made program.

Richard Price

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