Grailquest Boxed Set (Collection)
L'Antre des dragons (French)
Caccia al drago (Italian)
La caverna del dragón (Spanish)
Doragon no doukutsu [ドラゴンの洞窟] (Japanese)
Dračí sluj (Czech)
Dragens grotte (Danish)
Brennan, J. H. (Herbie)
1984 (British edition)
November, 1986 (American edition)
0006923445 / 9780006923442
0440918731 / 9780440918738 (American edition)
US$2.50 (American edition)
On the heels of the very good Castle of Darkness, Den of Dragons was a bit of a letdown for me. The writing style remains essentially the same, but the humour gets a tad old after a bit. As well, I didn't find the adventure concept that much fun. At one point, you are wandering around and a magical village appears before you, which you can enter. Every building is numbered and you can visit them in whichever sequence you like. Entering at least one of these buildings leads to certain death as the cottage collapses on you.
You are also given the ability to purchase items, weapons, and armor early on, and practically every item comes in handy along the way. With the weapons, magic, and healing you have at your disposal, fights are no real threat whatsoever.
At one point late in the quest, there is a mistake as leaving the room in passage 139 by passage 157 takes you to a fight against shadows which you only encounter after opening a chest. Leaving by section 154 leads you to step over the body of a creature you have not yet faced or defeated.
At the beginning of the book, I was excited, as a new magic system is introduced, new items are available for purchase, and you can carry forward items from the past adventure as well as 10 life points from the first quest. However, I quickly became bored with the adventure. For me, it just had no spark or sizzle. Not a bad book for me, just not great. It has some great functional elements and ideas, but fights and healing seem a little unbalanced, and the story never really hooked me in.
Rating 1-10: 6.5
|Special Thanks:||Thanks to B. Banzai for the American front cover scan. Thanks to The Museum of Computer Adventure Game History for the American back cover image and to Ryan Lynch for the British cover images.|
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