A simple crawl where you have to explore a strange old, mostly abandoned and rumouredly haunted prison to find some presumably fabulous treasure.
As with the other Temple Software games, this is a simple text adventure, with most puzzles simply consisting of giving the right item to the right person. You can enter simple commands to navigate through the world, and you can save and restore the current game.
The Phantom's Revenge and Castle Elsinore are two early piece of IF that are of very little value except for its age . The Phantom's Revenge is riddled with below-average writing, inane puzzles, and inflexible parser that understands only the most basic verb-noun sentences. The plot doesn't even make sense: the introduction tells of a prison that's rumored to hold treasures guarded by a ghost, and invites you to explore it-- yet in the very first scene you find yourself *imprisoned* in a cell without a clue of why or how. The game would deserve complete anonymity if not for some logical puzzles that do require a modicum of thought. Don't expect this game to be more than what it is: an Infocom wannabe that falls far off the mark. Castle Elsinore is slightly better than its cousin due to a more coherent plot, but still bogged down with obscure puzzles. Underrated, maybe, but certainly not far from the bottom of the heap.
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