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The White Feather Cloak
Zenobi £1.99 Sep 1992 YS81
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Tim Kemp
Borin the Bold has been kidnapped by the totally heinous renegade sorcerer Grimbal. The noble house of Borin is in ruins and his new bride, Princess Elsbeth, is cheesed off. It's a good job that you, Cedric, are a bit of an adventurous type and immediately step forward with a daring plan to rescue your old chum Borin. On your last adventurous escapade together, you cheekily snatched the white feather cloak with its many mystical powers from Grimbal's clutches. And what do you know? A ransom note has been delivered to the Gnome King (who lives but a couple of locations away) that reads: 'Gnome King, old thing, I have Borin the bore. Before you choke, give me the cloak or I'll give him what for... Yours in hate, Grimbal the Great.' The swine. The cad! The bounder! Sadly this Gnome King chappie seems to think that you have something to do with the kidnap plot and flings you into the deepest dungeon - and that's where the game more or less begins.
    The White Feather Cloak is a two-parter which has three things going for it. First of all there's the great little graphics that appear on the top section of the screen - small yet perfectly formed! Secondly there's some superbly described locations and events for you to stumble across whilst chasing about looking for Borin. Thirdly there are some clever riddles to solve, and smart problems to overcome too. Progress in the game is made by answering riddles correctly and solving associated mini probs.
    Fortunately the riddles are all pretty easy to work out so you should finish Part One and get the password to Part Two with no problems. Should you make it to Grimbal's lair then the fun and games really begin and the problems get tougher as you head towards the final confrontation.
    What can I say? £1.99 for a golden, sweet and perilous two-parter full of wicked problems, great graphics, location text, riddles and verses is a barg!

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