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Advanced Xoru
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Developer(s)Castle Technologies
Publisher(s)Castle Technologies
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Designer(s)Brian Sanders
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Platform(s)MS-DOS
Release1989
Genre(s)Interactive fiction, role-playing[1]
Mode(s)Single-player
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Advanced Xoru is an interactive fiction role-playing video game released as shareware by Castle Technologies in 1989.[2]

Gameplay[edit]

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Text based gameplay featuring an ASCII map

The game is a role-playing game text-adventure, with game mechanics similar to those of Beyond Zork.[3] After naming their character and selecting a character class (Paladin, Necromancer, Barbarian, Zen-Druid Priest, or Shadowy Tracker), the player is transported from an international airport terminal to the interior of a stone pyramid atop a hill surrounded by an impassable stone wall.[4][5] Using text commands, the player has 368 moves to descend through three subterranean levels and defeat the "Ebon Titan."[6]

Reception[edit]

The game was generally well received, with James Judge of Syntax concluding "As a text adventure this game is average, as a D&D game it is OK and when put together it is fun for the odd foray into the world of Xoru",[6] and Dave Mennell of Red Herring saying "I can highly recommend this game, as it is quite enjoyable to play, and will undoubtedly give many hours of playing time."[7]

BBS[edit]

The game was available as a BBS door on various bulletin board systems.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. Montfort, Nick (2005). Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-63318-5. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Callahan, Mike; Anis, Nick (1990). Dr. File Finder's Guide to Shareware. Osborne McGraw-Hill. p. 752. ISBN 978-0-07-881646-8. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  3. Muckenhoupt, Carl (30 June 2000). "Advanced Xoru". Baf's Guide to the Interactive Fiction Archive. Archived from the original on 26 August 2000.
  4. Scisco, Peter, ed. (March 1990). "Xoru ver. 4.41". Compute!. Vol. 12 no. 3. ABC Consumer Magazines. p. 56au – via Internet Archive.
  5. HOTUD (2009). "Advanced Xoru, DOS - 1989". My Abandonware. utopiaweb.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Judge, James (1996). "Advanced Xoru - on PD 170". Syntax Adventure Magazine. No. 44.
  7. Mennell, Dave (April 1993). Taylor, Marian; Medley, Sue, eds. "Advanced Xoru". Red Herring. Marion and Friends. p. 10 – via Internet Archive.
  8. Holden, Matt (December 1994). "Advanced Xoru Door Game Review" (TXT). Hallways. PABSO BBS Magazine. Vol. 2 no. 12. New Port Richey, FL: Board of Trade BBS – via textfiles.com.
  9. Sanders, Brian (27 June 1990). Xoru: A Work of Pseudo-Medieval Fantasy (DOC) (Manual). Livermore, California: Castle Technologies. pp. 1–21. Enhanced "Door Interface Compatible" Evaluation Release 5.82, Advanced.

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