Once Upon a Time in a Kingdom
You all, of course, played board games as children where you roll the dice and move the chips around. Now there is a similar game on ZX Spectrum / TS-Conf. But in those games, everything depended solely on your luck; here, you have to use your head. Your goal is to be the first to reach the finish line.
Most of the squares you enter require you to make a simple YES/NO decision. Some cells help you move towards your goal, while others slow you down with various negative effects. You also have the option to stop enemies from moving around by giving them a friendly sneaky “trick”. You can develop your character and even get friends who will serve you faithfully. And of course your way will not be an easy walk, because in this world live various unfriendly creatures like dragons and ghouls, with whom you have to engage in battle. Battles are based on the principle of turn-based tactical games. A large bag of magical potions and, of course, a magic book will help you.
The game is impossible to lose, because the bandits do not want your life, they are only interested in your purse. And of course, if you get smacked, some time you will have no time to roll the dice.
This approach to game mechanics is made for one purpose – the game must not torment you with its complexity, it must relax you. You can make a move, think about something, listen to music, have a cup of tea, and then make your move again. There’s no time limits and no need to rush. Eventually everyone will reach the finish line, just someone will be first and someone will be second. And, of course, the game can be played with a large crowd, just like when you were a kid at your grandmother’s house.
Once upon a time in a Kingdom is a universe of goblins and elves, knights and princesses. Therefore, the plot, as it should be for all children’s fairy tales, is banal. Imagine that one noble man wanted very much to marry his young daughter, but here’s the trouble – the princess is pregnant, and, of course, she herself does not know from whom. To quickly find her a husband and hide the shame, her father declares a tournament. Who first passes the test strip – he and the father, and the rest promised incentive prizes and a coupon for a free meal at McDonald’s.
Go for it!
You can control the game with Kempston Mouse or Full Kempston Joystick.
Coding – Marie Slip
Music – Fatal Snipe
Graphics and animation – Mister Robin, Devstratum, Colorizator
Testing – Black Cat
(с) ERA Creative Group