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Saturday, May 21, 2016

Lure Of The Temptress

An Adventure To Lose Yourself In

The story begins with you waking up one day, only to find yourself locked away in a creepy dungeon. You are a peasant called Diermot who was previously part of an attempt to free the village of Turnvale from Selena and her army of Orc lookalikes, called Skorls. Sadly, that campaign ended in tragedy and everyone was killed! Whilst the bloodshed reigned, you bumped your noggin and was knocked unconscious only to be easily captured. Upon waking, you find yourself banged up in jail with a rather bad-tempered Skorl as your guard!!

Lure Of The Temptress is something with which to become lost in. Immerse yourself in this wonderfully crafted adventure that takes place within a gorgeous Olde English setting. It's a point-and-click adventure controlled using the mouse: left button guides your character around the screen but can also display status and object information. The right button issues different commands to interact with characters and much more. This system is well designed, intuitive and easy to master. Quite possibly one of the best I've seen in a game of this ilk.

I love the opening scenes which nicely introduces you to the world you're in. Gorgeous visuals!

It's Like Having A Second Life!

Gameplay is experienced in real-time with the populous merrily going about their daily business. Having woken up in jail, your first task is to escape so it's fortunate Skorl's aren't the brightest bulbs in the box and easily fooled. Throughout, your progress will be down to careful exploration, examination, and communication so pick up every object because you never know when you might need it. Talk to everyone and see what information they can reveal and sometimes somebody might ask you to do them a favour before divulging.

The world is populated by some of the most entertaining characters, a delightful characteristic which will certainly win your heart. There are many fascinating people that help make your adventure enthralling and utterly addictive. Just start a chat with someone in a tavern, for example, a dialogue guaranteed to entertain! This charm and charisma are displayed early on as you rescue a fellow inmate called Ratpouch who immediately becomes a loyal friend. He's such good company, and will often try to help, but watch out because he doesn't half get himself into trouble by saying the silliest of things to other characters. Such a mischievous guy and a great best friend!

It's worth exploring and chatting with everybody you see. Or you could try being a dude in a dress?

Relax. Have a beer with Ratpouch. What more could you wish for?

Looks And Audio

This adventure is one of the most visually stunning games I've ever played. The artwork is an absolute joy and perfectly sets the mood for a medieval scene. The characters move and walk with smooth animation and I just love those intricate details, like the bird which sits on the fence for a few moments before flying off. A simple mechanic but it is also so impressive.

Sound effects are the only weakness but please don't misunderstand me because they are beautiful and made up of high quality sampled sounds. However, there are also some screens which don't have any sound at all and I personally found this disappointing, in comparison to the rest of the game.

They think it's all over? It is now!! :D

The CryptO'pinion?

Lure Of The Temptress is most certainly an impressive adventure and one you will love getting to grips with. It's funny, it's entertaining, it has a great storyline, and it will take over your life. My advice? Talk to everyone, listen to the information provided and get ready to make lots of notes. Remember, chat with everyone you come across. Yes, even those that may resemble a street bum or a wacko in a pub knitting... You never know with this huge adventure, so many twists and turns are cunningly interwoven into its storyline. Heck, you may even fall in love! :x

Personally, I would rank it as one of the best adventures and a pinch away from total perfection.

Downloads and Links

 - I found this cool image on the internet which maps the village.
 - 8BitChip has adapted a version for Ultrasatan/hard drive users.
 - No hard drive? Then instead check out Old Games Finder for the floppy version.
 - ST Format featured a superb walk-through [issue #67 / page 83].

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