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BLACK LAMP by Richard Karsmakers

 "Being the story of Jack - Jolly Jack the Jester,  hero of  this 
medieval mission of daring and romance;  this courageous  crusade 
through  rustic landscapes and Gothic interiors;  this  audacious 
quest  to rid a kingdom of Evil;  where the reward for succes  of 
the hand of a Princess and the price of failure is Death!"

 Firebird's latest release is "Black Lamp",  in which the  player 
(being  Jolly  Jack  the Jester) has to collect  lamps  that  lie 
scattered  all  over the kingdom - each lamp being guarded  by  a 
fearsome dragon of enormous dimensions.  And then there's the one 
and only Black Lamp, the most difficult one to get...

  Graphics in this new Firebird release,  done by Steve Cain  (of 
"Star  Trek"  fame),  are very well done indeed.  They  not  only 
succeed  in merely being beautiful,  but also create  the  Gothic 
atmosphere necessary in this game. Music, animation and scrolling 
are very good,  too;  this all makes "Black Lamp" a good game  to 
play, look at and the try to conquer. Inside scenes are platform-
type levels,  whereas outside scenes feature scrolling  graphics. 
Various creatures try to kill you, so beware!
Game Rating:

Name:                         Black Lamp
Company:                      Firebird
Graphics:                     9+
Sound:                        9-
Playability:                  8
Hookability:                  8
Overall rating:               8.5

Many thanks go to Firebird for sending the program!

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