Gallery of Gifts
The Arcadia Clan
It was back in 1998 when I finally got a hold of a programming language again. QBasic of
all things. Hardly the most advanced tool around, but it would finally enable me to mess
around with some code again. However, first I'd have to practice a bit with the thing.
To this end, I decided, I'd do something I always wanted to do, but never really quite
managed. I would create a text adventure.
Text adventures are from way back in the mists of computer game history. Fancy graphics usually meant 8 whole colours. The idea was as follows: the player would get a description of a location he was in. then he could type commands to do things. These commands would be something like "Go North", "Pick up sword", "Wear mantle", that sort of thing. This way, the player could solve puzzles and make his way through the game world. I think many a starting programmer as a kid figured this would be easiest to make. Unfortunately, it wasn't. I never quite managed. 'The Prophecy' is my revenge on all those failed attempts.
'The Prophecy' is a text adventure. One that I put a lot of effort in making it as intelligent as possible in interpreting commands. Making it as versatile as possible in things the player can do. I am fairly proud of the things I managed to do, however, this has also been the game's downfall. Creating a game world takes massive effort due to the detail I have attempted to put in. The raw data files I created themselves reached a size of almost 1.5 MB. 1.5 MB of hand typed text. And with all this work, I created about 20% of the game.
The game will sadly never be finished. There is just too much work involved. What is there is a full section of the game, chapter I, in complete working order. Think of it as a game that was to have 5 levels, but only one was ever completed.
I'm still somewhat proud of this thing. So I'm putting it up for download. Should you give it a try, and should this ancient piece of software still run on your machine, I hope you enjoy yourself with it.
Click on the link below to download.