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The Wizard of Akryz

Hello all Classix readers! My name is Andy Ryals - I used to be a regular contributor to the Your Sinclair adventure section and also the hacking section in Crash. I had my own mail order adventure solution service and supplied hacked solutions for fun.

I left the Spectrum scene in about 1992 when no more Spectrum magazines were available in the shops. At this point I had a PC and Amiga so I got into programming and hacking on these platforms. I then started my degree in Podiatric Medicine, so the Spectrum took a very very slow back burner! But after roughly five years Iím back and Iím contributing to Classix.

Recently, I downloaded quite a load of Mysterious Adventure games from the Scott Adams series and guess what.... I got addicted to them and hacked THE WIZARD OF AKRYZ.



THE MEMORY LAYOUT

Memory Area Description

16384 (4000) H - 22000 (55F0) H Loading screen

24576 (6000) H - 26501 (6785) H Initial adventure responses

25800 (6468) H - 25859 (6503) H Tape load / save routines

26502 (6786) H - 26641 (6811) H Miscellaneous data

35197 (897D) H - 35531 (8ACB) H Command list

35627 (8B2B) H - 36082 (8CF2) H Object / characters list

36085 (8CF5) H - 40793 (9F59) H Room descriptions

55000 (D61D) H - 65535 (FFFF) H Area for graphics decompression


The Command List

OPEN UNLOCK KILL ATTACK BREAK SMASH EAT DRINK WAVE RUB POLISH JUMP LEAP GO LEAVE QUIT SAVE INVERT SCORE HELP HINT CLUE GET TAKE WAIT WEAR DON REMOVE DOFF CLIMB DROP GIVE PUT LOOK EXAMINE FRISK SEARCH READ FIX SAY SPEAK RIDE PEDAL SMOKE PI** F**K BAST*** S**T C*** FOLLOW FEED MOVE PUSH PRAY RAPE GIVE DIG WRAP COVER HIDE CONCEAL


The Character / Object List

SPECTACLES PAINTING CHAIN STAIRCASE RUG TAPESTRY SWORD CHEST SHOVEL TREE NEST ORB GOBLIN KEY SCEPTRE CROWN CHICKEN FOX CORN ROCK NEST RUBY ROD STAFF TROLL FARMER PRINCESS KING HUNTERS VIXEN CUB BOOK RUNES WIZARD


The Solution

W, GET SPECS, E, E, TAKE PAINTING, GET CHAIN, FIX CHAIN, N, W, EXAMINE STAIRCASE, EXAMINE TAPESTRY, GET SWORD, U, GET RUG, D, E, E, GO CHEST, GET SHOVEL, E, N, CLIMB TREE, EXAMINE NEST, DROP PAINTING, TAKE ORB, SAY RAVEN (25%), D, S, S, WEAR SPECS, KILL GOBLIN, GET KEY, W, N, DIG, DIG, TAKE SCEPTRE, SAY RAVEN (50%), DROP SCEPTRE, SAY RAVEN, GO TUNNEL, W, N, N, S, S, DIG, GET CROWN, S, W, REMOVE SPECS, SAY RAVEN, DROP CROWN (75%), SAY RAVEN, JUMP LEDGE, GET CHICKEN, S, GO BRIDGE, DROP CHICKEN, GO BRIDGE, GET FOX, GO BRIDGE, DROP FOX, GET CORN, GO BRIDGE, DROP CORN, GO BRIDGE, GET CHICKEN, GO BRIDGE, MOVE ROCK, GO PATH, GO CHICKEN, N, DROP SHOVEL, GET CORN, GO PATH, GO HENHOUSE, FEED CHICKEN, EXAMINE NEST, N, N, GET FOX, CONCEAL FOX, GO PATH, GO HENHOUSE, GET ROD, OPEN TRAPDOOR, GO TRAPDOOR, E, DROP FOX, FOLLOW FOX, WEAR SPECS, WAVE WAND, E, GET BOOK, HIDE RUNES, N, INSERT ROD, KILL TROLL, GO DOOR, GIVE BOOK, GET PRINCESS, SAY RAVEN, DROP PRINCESS (100%).


Program Comments

The Wizard of Akryz was written by Brian Howarth and Cliff Ogden in 1983 and was Mysterious adventure number eight. Full colour graphics were incorporated and this game had a vocabulary of 60+ words and 30+ locations. Graphics decompression routines were included and code from previous mysterious adventure games can be found at 26502 (6786)H - 26641 (6811)H, which is suggestive of a games engine. They even had time to add responses to some of the more humorous things adventure players type into their rubber keyed chum when they get stuck in adventures - see the above command list. Not bad for under 32k of assembler!

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