by Abstract Concepts
Abstract Concepts was a spin-off label of Delta 4, used to publish
their more "serious" adventures (Delta 4 being best known for Fergus
McNeill's humorous takes on J.R.R. Tolkien (The Boggit, Bored of
the Rings), The Big Sleaze, and Robin of Sherlock.
Founded in 1987, Abstract had three planned games using the SWAN
("System Without A Name") engine, for which McNeill did the coding
but not the game design and text. The best-known and only published
of these is Mindfighter by Anna Popkess (an "ex-photocopier
saleswoman", according to the game's manual, now married to McNeill).
Mindfighter casts players as Robin, an 11-year-old psychic boy
who experiences a vision of a post-apocalyptic city (following a war
foretold in the prophecies of Nostradamus). The game's story, in which
Robin attempts to prevent the war from occurring, is told in third-person
past tense. The two-piece package includes a fold-out cover poster and
a 150-page novel dealing with events before the war, designed to get the
player into the feel of the game (and to provide off-disk copy-protection).
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