Lost Realms of Murkasada Ep 1 (C64)

Lost Realms of Murkasada - Episode 1 (Arkanix Labs) Free

Game title: Lost Realms of Murkasada (Ep. 1)

Game description: Lost Realms of Murkasada is a light rpg / adventure game that is designed to be played over a series of short episodes. The first episode of the series has been released and sees you control a knight on the search for the holy grail. As you navigate your way across the various landscape - you go around searching items to build up wealth so that you can purchase weapon and armour upgrades. You need to be efficient with your movement as your strength decreases by 1 for every 20 moves you make. Your strength can also be lowered by coming into contact with various hazards and by combat. Strength can be regained by finding water in wells. You can also regain your strength by eating fungus found throughout the landscape, buying food in villages or partaking in fun activities with wenches...but be warned that these experiences can also be bad - resulting in your strength decreasing - so it's a bit of a gamble. Combat wise - it is as simply as moving onto the enemy character and letting the game decide the eventual outcome.

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  • Production - 65%
    65%
  • Fun - 85%
    85%
  • Depth - 60%
    60%

Summary

I quite enjoyed Lost Realms of Murkasada because it delivers what it promises. Simple and easily accessible game play with small ‘seek and find’ elements. I like that the combat system is light and the Ultima style graphics are quite effective with represented locations looking different from each other. The loss of strength at every 20 moves is a good concept as it makes you plan your progress forward and the risk/reward payoff when you search or buy items adds a bit more depth and adds a little bit of replay value. Things for improvement would be the addition of joystick controls (episode 1 is keyboard control only), a few more screens to lengthen the game and perhaps a little more depth to the ‘seek and find’ activities to flesh out more of the problem solving element to the game. I like that the Lost Realms of Murkasada series will be delivered in small episode chunks and after completing the first episode, I am genuinely looking forward to the next episode.

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Pros

  • Very easy to get into
  • Combat system is not intrusive
  • Risk/Reward system via searching or buying food items
  • Screen locations are varied

Cons

  • Game is somewhat short
  • No joystick support
  • The nice small music piece is short and sounds repetitive

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