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Adventure Game Scene of the Day — Tuesday 15 July 2014

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This is the first screen of Armaeth: The Lost Kingdom (1993). The game with the most convoluted interface ever. Rows of clickable icons. I think you had to click one of those icons to make the next row appear! Although I haven’t seen it mentioned anywhere, I also remember vaguely a large number of complex key combinations.

I may have seen one or two other screens, but I certainly didn’t get very far and the first screen is actually the only one I recognize.  The graphics are attractive but by 1993 I was already getting somewhat fed up with fantasy adventures of the King’s Quest type and I hadn’t discovered LucasArts yet. In my memory Armaeth was the last adventure I gave up on before everybody started talking about a totally novel game called Myst. The end of an era for me. I never went back to Armaeth. My loss…?

     
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It looked obsolete even when it came out.
I’ll pass.

P.S. Armaeth is great for stumping the uninitiated in screenshot guessing threads though.
Too bad Harald couldn’t preserve the (teeny-tiny) picture .

     

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If this was “Match that screen” thread, I’d say it looks like this:


BTW, what are those “Merlin and young sorceress” icon in upper corners for? Gasp

     

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Hey you! Remove spoiler Spot immediately!

Hi zobraks  Innocent


Blonde girl on left of row of icons: left click on her to display a description of the current screen.

Old man on right of row of icons: left click on him to cycle through the different rows of icons.

     
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Great. One more thing: eye is for Look, hand for Pick up, padlock for Use (?), pushing for Push… but what, on Earth, is a torch for?

     

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You Spot, me torch. Tongue
Now you tell me what a heart is for.

PS: I forgot to mention the worst of all: rows of icons, complex key combinations, and you still have to TYPE TEXT.

     
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Ok, I fixed the Spot. Now, the torch?

Karlok - 15 July 2014 07:50 AM

Now you tell me what a heart is for.

I guess it’s for “Fall in love” with a random object on screen?

     

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diego - 15 July 2014 07:54 AM

Ok, I fixed the Spot.

LOL!

Now, the torch?

Spot = torch. What more do you need to know?

I guess it’s for “Fall in love” with a random object on screen?

Didn’t work for me.  Sick

PS: Is that fifth icon really push? Might also be open door instead of simply use. They have a different icon for climbing stairs as well.

     
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Karlok - 15 July 2014 07:59 AM

PS: Is that fifth icon really push? Might also be open door instead of simply use.

Nah, his stance and the legs & bottom behind looks like he’s pushing it. Either that, or he’s really sprinting to open the door. Tongue

Karlok - 15 July 2014 07:59 AM

They have a different icon for climbing stairs as well.

Now I’ve heard everything. Do we get one for a “get naked and swim” as well? It would be ashame if not with a scene like this.

     

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Maybe the heart changes random objects into portraits of Tony Clifton.

     
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zobraks - 15 July 2014 02:49 AM

P.S. Armaeth is great for stumping the uninitiated in screenshot guessing threads though.
Too bad Harald couldn’t preserve the (teeny-tiny) picture .

I have no memory of this whatsoever! Good thing you keep a meticulous archive of those threads, Zobraks. Or have an astonishing memory. Anyway, I think I got as far into this game as most people: I wandered through a bunch of screens, couldn’t make head nor tails of the interface, and finally got eaten by a bear.

     

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