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Entombed is an amazing audio project from new Developer Driftwood games. Drawing heavily from the roguelike aski text adventure games, it is intended to be the ultimate in complex, audio rpg dungeon crawling.
When damp halls and passages were discovered near the ocean, some believed that it was the ruins of an ancient civilization that fell to violence and war millenia ago. Though many tried to probe such passages, ---- none returned! this made them a perfect place for getting rid of inconvenient criminals!
In Entombed, you are one of these criminals, ---- exiled to live or die in a complex, twisting, ever changing dungeon. Entombed lets you play as a number of character races, ---- including Goblins and ogres, and a truly mind boggling number of jobs, each with unique abilities. As well as those you'd expect such as fighter, mage and ranger, ---- you can also choose to try your luck in some truly diverse professions like necromancer or wanderer, --- with the possibility to unlock more jobs later on. The most unique thing about the job system though, is that every character, ---- both the one you start with and any you meet up with later, can have two jobs, ---- thus creating some realy interesting combinations, ---- ever heard of a necromancer/healer?
All elements in the game, ---- as is the case in many roguelikes, are incredibly randomized. You therefore don't know what monsters you'll encounter, or what items they have, ---- there are even famous monster heroes with their own history who will try and end your dungeon career in a very short order.
But things aren't all bad for you, sinse you may also rescue some randomized allies to fight on your side, not to mention help from your trusty pet, and any other creatures you can summon, and you have an array of magic and special techniques to defend yourself.
You might even decide to expand your horizons and take on some tasks for some of the dungeon's less violent inhabitants, ---- sinse rumour says there's money to be made, --- and even those who will sell you magical weapons, armour or supplies like scrolls and potions.
Speaking of items, in keeping with the random nature of the game, there is a huge range of item types and materials, making each game unique, and with three characters who all need armour and weapons and may have different skills, bieng able to make best use of what gear you find will deffinately help your survival.
Batling in the game is also a far more tactical affair than in many rpgs, and good tactics are deffinately rewarded! ever wanted to blast an enemy's weapon out of their hands with magic, have your ranger peopper the opposition with a flurry of arrows, or even send an attacking goblins' head flyingwith a well aimed blow
Best of all, compared to conventional roguelikes, there is no need to tangle with aski graphics, sinse the game is self-voicing via microsoft Sapi, or outputs directly to jaws, window eyes or system access, with high quality sounds and music to enhance the gloomy atmosphere of the dungeon.
The demo version of the game allows you to play the first seven dungeon floors (up to the first dreaded boss fight), and have access to many of the jobs and races, ---- including some unlockables. To get full access to the entire 25 floors, probe the secrets of the lost city and have access to all! races and jobs, you need to perchice the full version.
Also with the full version you'll get access to the entombed bazare, a nifty litle shop which allows you to put up items for trade with other players across the internet, and thus have access to some pretty powerful gear. As more jobs, more races, more features and possibly even more floors to the dungeon are being added continually, the bennifits to having the full version just get greater and greater!
The above link will download the main installation of the game. However, updates are continually being made, squashing bugs, adding more jobs, and generally making the dungeon even nastier! so, it's recommended to also download and install This entombed update patch as well.
To find out more about the game and read the instructions, check out the official Entombed wiki found here
Kelly Sepergia, has recorded an audio review of the game which may be downloaded here originally for the podcast the global voice, which gives a good introduction for life in the dungeon.
And further information can be Found in this review by Darren Duff which may be Downloaded here
There is also a very well balanced and detaild textual review from accessiblegames.com which gives a detailed overview of some of entombed's good, --- and indeed bad points. That review can be read here
To discuss the game, get all the upcoming news of future versions, and help in it's developement by submitting bug reports and suggestions, it's deffinately recommended to subscribe to the entombed google discussion group by sending an E-mail to [email protected]
With the introduction of the Entombed Bazare, there is now also a second mailing list just for sending and recieving adverts about items put up for sale (sinse advertising isn't permited on the main discussion list). To subscribe to the bazare adds list, just send a blank E-mail to [email protected],
entombed has generated so much interest, it's even now got it's own msn group organized by Oriol Gomez. To join, add [email protected] to your contacts. Your details will remain anonymous, but you'll recieve group messages.
For more about Driftwood games, you can visit The driftwood games page on the Audiogames archive site
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Updates: entry 25 Jan 17 and description 25 Jan 17