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PS1 Discworld - 10/10

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PS1 Discworld - 10/10
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It comes to a shock that Discworld was one of the first games that I played on the Sony Playstation, although I never set eyes on a Discworld novel before. Terry Pratchett created the many Discworld novels (nearing 30 strong novels) based on a world on the back of four elephants which stand on a giant turtle known as the Great A'tuin. The turtle swims through space whilst life continues, and what kind of person then asks ''what sex is the turtle''. Or rather that is the introduction to this review.

This is not the first Discworld game ever to come out. The first of which was on the Commodor 64, the Colour of Magic, a text based adventure game. This game, is far better then that or the sequels. What genre can a recent game based on this fantastic series fall in to then? Thankfully not another platform, fighting game or a real-time strategy sim game. Nope, this game is a comedy point and click graphic adventure, just like Broken Sword, Monkey Island and Maniac Mansion.

The story isn't based on any books, but ''Guards! Guards!'' comes close. The game's story is about Rincewind, a wiz zard voiced by a Monty Python star, going off to save the world from a dragon and avoid DEATH, the worlds grim reaper whom takes souls. You do not need to read any of the Discworld novels to understand the game, sure a few characters such as Rincewind, Luggage, Granny Weatherwax, Death and the wizards are in the game, but you will grow to love their appearences and voices.

The gameplay is the standard graphic adventure rules. You control Rincewind and click where you want him to go, what to use, what to pick up, however following him is Twoflower's luggage, this walking treasure box can hold as many items as possible, quite a help considering Rincewind himself can only hold two items. Discworld was originally meant to be out for the PC at first, however this is the Playstation version and it works really well with the D-PAD and buttons, you will grow to appreciate the fine control system that Pygnosis have provided. The game itself is quite funny, try examining a chimely sweeper, Rincewind describes him as a git with a broom, steal one of the cooks food and he goes mad, it is all very funny. Not only is it funny, but also it is also one of the most annoying games to surface the gaming industry in terms of challenge, the game is very hard thanks to the puzzles, such as going back to yesterday to get some items, getting the pass out of the city is hard enough. Oh well, challenge is a prospect in graphic adventures.

The graphics are that of a cartoon and are indeed marvellous. The backgrounds and characters are in fine detail and look just like anybody who read the books would imagine them to be. The Broken Drum is set out great, animations are both fantastic and humourous and the cut-scenes are brilliant. The sound and music on the other hand also prove sucessful, Rincewind's witty voice is done to perfection and the music in Morpork is well done. Thumbs up!

I recommend Discworld to fans alike and anybody who enjoys graphic adventures. You cannot go wrong, this game is great, funny and will last you a long time, you will laugh everytime 'bugger' is mentioned.

Good

- A Decent Discworld game
- Great graphics, sound, music, gameplay, story and challenge
- Will last a long time
- Everything is perfectly traced

Bad

- DEATH is a bit dark for his character
- No Walter Plinge

Summary:

Graphics - 9/10
Sound - 10/10
Music - 10/10
Gameplay - 10/10
Story - 9/10
Challenge - 7/10
Enjoyment - 10/10
Lifespan - 9/10
Overall - 10/10

Alternatives: The list is as follows: Monkey Island, Discworld 2, Discworld Noir, The Colour of Magic, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Broken Sword, Maniac Mansion, Sam & Max, Day of the tentacle, Loom, Indiana Jones and Braindead 13.
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