Back to pre-history you go with this very good real-time
arcade adventure. You control a superbly animated Celtic
warrior, Cuchulainn, on his quest to locate and re-unite
(and then activate) the fragments of the Seal of Calum.
first thing that strikes you about this game is the
size and superb characterisation of Cuchulainn. Twice
as large as most computer heroes, he strolls into his
quest with long, flowing strides, his hair flapping
in the wind.
landscape is varied, with distinctive landmarks to help
you work out your position. Sometimes you might see
a castle with ravens flying around its grim battlements,
at other times mountain ranges with low clouds scudding
over them. Along the paths you will pass cairns and
standing stones. There are also doors leading underground,
some of which are unlocked and others whose key has
to be found.
When on your travels, you will meet horrible creatures
-- these too are excellently animated. They walk along
the paths and career into you; unless you have some
sort of weapon to fight them with, they will kill you
and you'll have to start all over again! This, by the
way, is terribly frustrating.
he stands perilously close to the evil
of these creatures can be persuaded to help you, but
on most occasions a weapon will be the only way to avoid
restarting. There is a mention of combat rules in the
comprehensive instructions -- objects and the weapon
selected for the fight will be taken into account during
the battle and will determine your effectiveness in
this area. All this is deliberately ambiguous and will
require a lot of attempts before the right offensive
can be selected for the right creature.
of the creatures will have parts of the Seal and you
will have to fight for them. Some of the parts of the
Seal may be located off the beaten track, so a secondary
quest might have to be undertaken to obtain these.
and other objects are located along the paths and can
be picked up for use. Some of them seem worthless but
all have some use within your quest. All of them can
be used to attack a creature, but some are definitely
more effective than others!
adventure will keep even an experienced arcade adventurer
tantalized for many hours. Even when solved it should
offer more because it can be completed in many ways.
encounters the unpleasant Sidhe;