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Now back to fairytales… Once upon a cassete there was a land called Fairlight, a land of peace, blue skies, free beer – a realm where taxi drivers never overcharged and magic prevailed. Then came war and disaster.

This is the readily recognisable setting for Fairlight game, a new graphic adventure from the Edge.

Isvar the hero is shown as a moustachioed figure, cloaked and armed. The world he wanders through leaves the gridiron-planned environment of Knight Lore standing in awe, for the castle’s plan and geography is as bewildering as a real one.

Staircases and corridors lead to halls, cells, gardens and courtyards. Furniture, food and other odd items are scattered around and the place is guarded by scuttling orcs, thuggish trolls and ogres.

Those creatures have some intelligence and will chase and attack if you violate their territory. A combat system will weigh up your respective strengths and you must enter into direct action with the monsters. You must maintain your own strenth by regular eating – food can often be found in the orcs’ barrack rooms or the finer private apartments of the castle. Many of the objects can be carried but all of them have a weight.

Momentum also exists here and if you push a table loaded with a flagon and chicken the eatables will carry on moving when the table stops. Very realistic and extremely convincing.

The keyboard offers a full range of actions including Fight and you are given the option of using a Kempston stick for the movement combat.

This is one of the most complete and satisfying role-playing graphic games I have yet seen. There is quite simply so much to do, so much to explore and so much to experiment with.

Let’s take a look at the orc guards. When you enter a room you may only see a couple of their helmets lying around. Suddenly, the helmet grows into a fully fledged and bellicose warrior. After a while you realise that the orcs regenerate from the helmets. I spent hours on the dungeon level looking for places to imprison the helmetws so that they wouldn’t bother me. Early on you will find a scroll which will help you to escape when you get utterly entombed.

Fairlight is state-of-the-art. It’s a classic in every sense – go get it.

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