Although the legendary Zork
franchise and the likes of Lurking Horror
might get most of the awards as far as Infocom's classic text adventures go, Enchanter is quite possibly the single greatest title from this legendary developer. It shows them at the height of their powers in terms of narrative and puzzles, and is about as well crafted an adventure as you could hope to find, so if you have any interest in the genre, grab this now. It's set in the same universe as the Zork games and follows on from the original trilogy, so if you've played those you'll probably get the most out of this one but even if you haven't there's much to enjoy here. The story finds you in the role of a rather dim apprentice Enchanter, and it's your job to save the land from the evil machinations of Krill where other more experienced Enchanters have failed. So, with just your rudimentary knowledge of magic, it's time to set forth and discover your inner hero. Gameplay is your usual text adventure style, where you read various text passages, explore by using the text parser, and solve puzzles, but there's a very clever addition of magic spells here and which are learned as you venture forth. Enchanter really is superb, right from the start. Although the plot is familiar stuff, it's told with the usual Infocom style, laden with wit and intelligence and which is very well told. It's not an easy game, so you should probably have some experience with this sort of thing before tackling this one, but if you are up to the challenge, this is one of the best in the genre.
Go to castle, save the world.. You know the drill.
Enchanter is in fact the first game in the Enchanter trilogy that is actually a part of the Zork universe
, but a lot more serious than its spiritual forefather. This text adventure game follows the life and adventure of an unnamed novice yet ambitious enchanter who is sent to the castle of the bad guy called Krill who is - of course - determined to destroy the world for his own purposes. We can't that happen, so our young hero must save the day. The story might be a bit typical but really fits in the genre and really sets the mood for the duration of the game. The gameplay of the game is mostly reading text and replying to it in short sentences, but the basis of the gameplay itself is using before memorized spells to destroy your enemies including the boss. The entire adventure carries the same spirit and atmosphere from Zork and there are a few witty comments or two, but generally the game is more oriented on itself rather than on its humor. The final impressions would be that Enchanter is a really high quality adventure game that will do wonders for you if you have a wide imagination.