Guild Of Thieves

Copyright: © 1987 Rainbird Software
Genre: Adventure

Adventure
Guild of Thieves
Successor of Commodore blockbuster The Pawn, Magnetic Scrolls' Guild of
Thieves improves upon its predecessor in almost every respect, although
the charming tongue-in-cheek humor of the first game is somewhat muted
here by a much stronger emphasis on puzzle solving than plot development.
Which is not to say that the plot in Guild of Thieves is lacking-- it is
just average. The game casts you in a role of an apprentice thief who
must steal an array of valuables to prove that he is worthy of an
entrance into the guild of his profession. Tasks start out small--
pilfering small objects here and there-- and culminate in the robbery of
the Bank of Kerovnia. Anyone who wished that The Pawn's were longer and
more puzzle-intensive will have a field day with Guild of Thieves. The
game serves a plethora of many, many more diabolical puzzles than The
Pawn, many of which require both perfect timing and ingenuity to solve.
This is definitely not a game anyone can finish in a sitting (unless you
can survive days perched on a chair, eating food with one hand and typing
with another). The game also offers many enhanced features, most notably
the advanced parser which understands a lot more useful verbs. The "goto
x" command, for example, will bring you to a location you have been
before automatically by taking the shortest possible route. You do not
need to draw maps anymore, unless the geometry of the landscape is
crucial for solving some puzzles. Of special mention is the gradual
increase in difficulty that, in a way, serves as a "tutorial" for
beginners. The first treasures can be found and removed easiliy, but the
difficulty of the puzzles gradually increases. Anyone who manages to rob
the Bank of Kerovnia at the end can be proud with good reason. Overall,
Guild of Thieves is a great game, especially if you like puzzle-intensive
adventures without much attention to plot (similar to Zork). Anyone
looking for a more plot-intensive game should play The Pawn and even
Jinxter first and save this difficult challenge for later.
 

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