|The First 100% QuickBasic Game Review Magazine
Updated November 20, 2004
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Lianne in the Dark
"One of the most important releases in QB history
is a QBRPG for girls!"
The evil Baron Cain has stolen the Dark Crown
from the kingdom of Kissworld! But the people of the village need not worry,
because you're here to save the day and bring back peace and love to all
the people in Kissworld.
In this strange role-playing game you play
Lianne, the heroine of Kissworld and all-around city girl. To get back
the Dark Crown you have to fight bunnies (yes, bunnies) and all kinds of
animals. Gather cat food and you'll be rewarded with chocolate and other
treats. Be very careful though! Though the enemies don't sound scary, Lianne
in the Dark Crown isn't just a walk in the park!
use of animation and visual effects to stimulate the senses
|First of all, let
me get something out of the way. You know what I found most impressive
about Lianne in the Dark Crown? The cat. Mannie the cat was so well animated
that I found it surprising that that level of attention was paid this early
in the timeline of QB games. It was a shame though, that Lianne and the
rest of her world did not have the same level of framework put into it,
although the overall look of this game is at the very standard of QB artsmanship.
Though tileish, the
detail for each tile that makes up the game is relatively high for a QBRPG.
The battle screen is also nice, as there is a background and a very large
enemy displayed during battle.
smooth blend of atmospheric sounds and original harmonies
||This is the sad
part about QB's earlier games. In Lianne, the hills are certainly alive,
but there is no sound or music.
precision of control and involvement of character within its universe
|You don't get to
learn a lot of magic spells, so basically it's a lot of fighting and running.
The most important thing to know about Lianne in the Dark Crown is when
to stay and get experience and when to wander deeper towards Baron Cain.
Finding the catfood
and feeding Mannie is also central to Dark Crown's gameplay. Mannie will
give you items and heal you if you feed it with enough catfood. This is
like having an Inn and an items store all rolled into one pet, which is
really a sweet deal.
creativity and presentation of the game's critical plot
|The demo opens with
an introduction to Kissworld and a sort of mini-tragedy. From there the
game gets more and more pink and cuddly... a little too cute for my taste,
but maybe not for some.
|Replay Value (n.)
timelessness of the gamer's delight, such that the experience can be repeated
again and again
|The game ended a
little too quickly, so it's too short for you to come back to it too soon.
And the world is pretty small, even after considering that Lianne is one
of the earlier games that was released for QB. And it's hard to sit back
and power up because your supply of cat food eventually runs out. Without
cat food, a lot of the options you have in the game close up. So it really
is a hack and slash kind of game.
strike the mental nerve in such a way as to stimulate human thought and
ahead toward the castle is the only way to make it through, as the enemies
get more and more difficult. Start with the pink bunnies and work your
way up to the more notorious animals and you should be fine. I would watch
for the boss though, who really gives you an incentive to earn those experience
|Fun Factor (n.)
overall entertainment value as maintained throughout the adventure
|A welcome addition
to the QB family! Lianne entered the QB scene at just the right time, serving
as a landmark for QB gamers and developers. A lot of people argue that
this is the game to beat if you want to develop the best QBRPG on the net,
and that means a lot of respect belongs to Lianne. It is fair to conclude
that Lianne is definitely the Lara Croft of QB.
Role Playing Game
||To solve: 3 hours Final Rating:
download Lianne in the Dark Crown (62.0KB), click here.
run this game, you must have any version of Microsoft QuickBasic.
play Lianne in the Dark Crown, unzip the file and run "DC1.BAS" from QuickBasic.
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out of 35 points
Highs: Addictive play from beginning to
end. A must have for RPG players.
Lows: You probably won't be looking at
pink bunnies the same way anymore after they beat your senselessly a couple
of times in this game.
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