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The Essential Myth
Adventure: Text
ZX Spectrum 48K

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Chris Bourne

Are Essential Myth schizophrenic?

Great idea for an adventure, this - the hideous exploits of Dr Jekyll who, believing in the dual nature of man, finds himself split into two personalities: himself, and the evil Mr Hyde.

Essential Myth are a small independent adventure programming house who've been going for some time and whose best known game is probably Book of the Dead (published by CRL). This latest game was produced using PAW and is an excellent example of what can be done with a good utility and a bit of extra work on the side.

The game loads in three parts, which must part is tough enough as you take dinner with your friends and attempt to bring to fruition the months of research. The second two parts are extremely tough. The puzzles never, however, degenerate into the illogical or the irrational, which endeared the game to the Pilg, although he didn't get very far with it in the time available!

An attractive character set, simple illustrations, and an excellent prose style make this an impressive game for such a small company. Any larger companies looking for a source of quality adventure software might consider giving them some support. In the meantime, the title can be ordered from EM at 54 Church Street, Tewkesbury, Glos. GL20 5RZ. At up to £12 95, it seems just a little on the expensive side to me, but the company insist that "the pricing structure for the game is justified; the game took 6 months to write and test and due to the limitations of PAW quite a lot of the program had to be programmed outside of the utility."" Hmmm... Well, at least I can say that I had no complaints on grounds of quality!


Spec 48, £7.95cs, Out Now
Spec 128, £9.95cs, £12.95dk, Out Now
Atari ST, £TBA, October
C64/128, £8.95cs, Imminent
Amstrad, £12.95 (disk only), Imminent


Screenshot Text

The screen in Jekyll and Hyde looks a little old-fashioned, but don't be fooled. The game's tough and the atmosphere gripping.