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RANKED 1st in STORY and GRAPHICS categories in the NEXT ADVENTURE JAM 2020.

"...an enjoyable adventure that's full of atmosphere..." 84% CRASH

This software runs on:
- ZX Spectrum Next home micro distro 1.3.2.
- MSX2 (DSK and ROM files supplied - ROM file for use in an emulator, there are known issues with running this on a flashcart)
- DOS (DOSBox required to run)

UPDATE 1 MARCH 2022: MSX2 and DOS versions now available (converted by @uto_dev)
UPDATE 5 JULY 2020: Added SAVE and LOAD feature. Added more responses.
UPDATE 18 JULY 2020: Fixer some parser issues.
UPDATE 15 AUGUST 2020: Added additional correct inputs in a certain puzzle.

Rite of the Druid is a text adventure (sometimes called Interactive Fiction) with graphics.

Size: Less than 25 rooms
Puzzle complexity: Easy.

LOADING (Spectrum Next)
From the browser, select 'Rite of the Druid.tap'.
Push 'N' for Next Mode (otherwise graphics will not be visible).

You are part of a small tribe, preparing to take part in a ritual that will allow you to become a full druid. You are transported to a strange land where you must find the rune of power and return to complete the rite.

The game uses standard VERB NOUN input (such as GET STICK, FILL BOTTLE etc). Shortcuts, like X for EXAMINE and I for INVENTORY are also available.

Type SAVE. You will be prompted for a filename. You can restore by typing LOAD.

By Paul Weller (c)2020 Sunteam
Playtesting: Richard Hallas, David Cottis & Marc Theunissen.
MSX2 and DOS conversions by @uto_dev

Rite of the Druid was written in Adventuron https://adventuron.io/ and converted to Next using DAAD Ready.


Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction, Adventure
TagsRetro, ZX Spectrum


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Rite of the Druid (Spectrum Next) 132 kB
Rite of the Druid (MSX2) 319 kB
Rite of the Druid (DOS) 162 kB

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Hello, a very beautiful game with a unique atmosphere. Just a small question about the graphics, I got the impression that when developing games for 8 bit compatibility in Adventuron, the image resolution should be 128 x 40, which is really low res.  What is the resolution of the images for your ZX Spectrum Next version of the game, it seems to be much higher, and how did you achieve that, please?   Mika

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Beautiful game, both the graphics and the sparse descriptions. Unfortunately, I had to switch to the browser version as the DOS version crashed on me 3 times.

The crashes seem pretty random and never happened twice in the same situation. a) After [spoiler]GET SKIN the first time[/spoiler]; b) After [spoiler]going W from the Rocky Area to the Frozen Well[/spoiler]; c) After [spoiler] EMPTY CAULDRON by the Pyramid [/spoiler].


What happened to the original Adventuron version? Not everyone wants to play it in an emulator.

Apologies. I found the Adventuron version on another page. Makes sense, I suppose.

¿final version?


Really enjoyed Rite of the Druid as the first game to try on my ZX Spectrum Next. I din't stop playing until I reached the end!

One small thing, the game allowed me to fix the mechanism near the volcano without actually having the required part.

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Thanks for the feedback. I found the offending bit of code. It should be OK in the new update, it was just my fault for forgetting to put in a check.

Many thanks for the update... I am really looking forward to playing this one! :)

Only played the first little bit, very atmospheric, different and making me want to continue...