Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sleeping Gods Lie


You're on Tessera, a world once rich but now suffering famine, disease, and a crime wave that only Robocop could fix. Their god, N'Gnir, strangely seems to be enjoying a slumber party so it's your mission to find him, wake him up and also put an end to all the madness. However, it won't be easy, and must battle your way through the numerous lands within each are eight kingdoms. So it's unlikely you will be home for tea!

You begin your adventure from the comfort of your own home - a castle. It looks amazing on the outside but inside is rather sparsely decorated, containing only a chair, so let's leave and see what waits for us outside. It won't be long before you see chaos roams the land, everyone here is nuts and aren't very friendly at all. Wherever you go, I guarantee you will be confronted by a local yob who enjoys the fine art of stoning and this will become a familiar scene very quickly. These frequent brawls are quite fun but you shall also notice something hideous is always guarding the doorways to other areas... It's now you realise saving your progress, as often as possible, is a must!

Thankfully, a few people are normal and these are the guys you should take the time to talk too for helpful information. When you're not stoning fellow citizens, there are many puzzles to be completed such as the mouldy cheese for a giant mouse. These puzzles aren't brain-blasters and the information you acquire along your journey will begin to fall into place as you progress making this something you will enjoy coming back to.

This isn't just an adventure game, as the box says, it's full to the brim with arcade, strategy and adventure elements. It sure is fun advancing forward into newer pastures, solving the simple puzzles and fighting weird characters. I do wish the character interaction was better to provide more depth to the storyline.

The graphics engine is fast but the landscapes are a little sparse of objects. Movement is best with the mouse or you can use the arrow keys if you prefer. A combination of both can also be used and this comes in handy during hectic battles. Pressing F3 allows you to run rather than walk and I found this to be the greatest benefit of all.

Sleeping Gods Lie comes close but I was left with mixed feelings. I felt that it needed better character interaction and also the levels are somewhat void landscapes. However, it does present an interested venture and one with a good mix of arcade action and strategical thinking. A great adventure to dig your heels into one quiet weekend.

LINKS

 - Here is a little video I made for your stone throwing pleasure!
 - 8BitChip has created a version which can be installed onto a hard drive.
 - Old Games Finder has all the floppy disks you'll need.