Professional, Originally Released On Cassette Only
Game Type : Graphic Adventure
Authors : Marian Clark & Brian Clark
Standalone Release(s) : 1984: PHAROAH'S TOMB, A n F, £7.95
Compilation Release(s) : None
Stated compatibility : Electron
Actual compatibility : Electron, BBC B, B+, Master 128
Supplier : A 'N' F, Unit 8 Canal Side Industrial Estate, Woodbine St
East, Rochdale, LANCASHIRE OL16 5LB. Tel: (01706) 341111
Disc compatibility : ADFS 1D00, CDFS 1D00, DFS 1D00
A desperate race against time to solve the anagrams and master-minded puzzles. You must find the pharoah's mask and 500 pieces of gold before you can escape by returning to the start. Beware of the mummies and the spiders which will leap at you if you are too slow to open the various doors.
After you have collected coins you may buy weapons and food for use on the journey. To use the items, or move around the pyramid use these keys:-
A - Use bow and arrows I - Inventory
B - Go backwards L - Use Lance
C - Use cross S - Use Sword
F - Go forwards T - Take Mask
G - Buy items (GET)
CURSOR KEYS - Use these to collect gold or silver.
L/R - These keys may be used at the 'Goods for Sale' location to enter the pyramid.
Instructions' Source : PHAROAH'S TOMB (A 'N' F) Inner Inlay
Review (Electron User)
I'm not much of an adventure game freak, having spent too many hours lost on the London Underground for caverns to hold much fascination. So it was with a distinct air of foreboding that I decided to have a go at PHAROAH'S TOMB, the "adventure style game" from A 'N' F.
I was entranced from the first moment. The game isn't really a true adventure. It's more a cross between a series of anagrams, mastermind-type puzzles and an arcade action game. A race against the clock is thrown in as well.
The idea is that you enter the Pharoah's tomb in order to get hold of his mask and 500 pieces of gold. When you've got them you can return to the start (if you can find your way) and escape.
At least that's what the instructions say. I must admit that I haven't got that far. I usually starve to death.
On your way through the tomb, you are attacked by spiders and mummies, have to solve riddles to open doors and rush around collecting silver and gold coins. With the coins you can buy useful items like lances, swords and bows and arrows as well as food. Sadly, you can't bribe anyone to tell you how to get out.
I could tell you more about this game, but why should I give away my hard won secrets? Find you for yourself!
It's great fun. The instructions are straightforward, though the game seldom is. It's the type of program that has people looking over your shoulder giving 'helpful' hints. If you are tired of all-action games but are a bit wary of a full blown adventure, then PHAROAH'S TOMB may just suit your needs. And if you do manage to escape, let me know how.
Trevor Roberts, ELECTRON USER 1. 6