Blade of Blackpoole
A fantasy quest centered around a magical sword, Sirius' Blade of
Blackpoole was one of the earliest non-Infocom multiple-sentence
parser adventures. This advantage was offset by a hideous
inventory-management system, which permitted the player to carry no
more than five items at a time. Employs the same interface as Sierra's
and any number of early graphic adventures: Hi-res pics with a four-line
space for text at the bottom.
The earliest release is a paperboard folder with instructions printed on
the inside (originally sold in a plastic bag).
Presumably at least some of the other Sirius titles -- Critical Mass,
Escape from Rungistan,
Gruds in Space, Kabul Spy -- were released in this type of package
as well, though I have yet to see them. (Blackpoole is the most
common of all Sirius releases.)
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