Origin Systems, 1989
MS-DOS, Amiga, Apple II, C64 和 Atari ST
Origin Systems, 1989
MS-DOS, Amiga, Apple II, C64 and Atari ST
1985 年，Origin 出版了《莫比乌斯：天体和谐之球（Moebius: The Orb of Celestial Harmony）》，一个由格雷格・马龙（Greg Malone）的奇怪的 RPG 游戏。这是一款平庸的《创世纪（Ultima）》克隆游戏，但它因其基于中国的设定、怪异的艺术风格，特别是其实时武术战斗而脱颖而出，灵感来自于《空手道（Karateka, 1984）》等格斗游戏。
不管怎么说，反正这里没有什么可看的。没有角色创建、状态或技能——你只是在游戏中变得更加强大。世界很小，由小小的岛屿、巨大的空旷海洋组成，NPC 很少，只有三个任务。因此，频繁的战斗让人感觉像是在为本来只有 2-3 个小时的游戏进行懒惰的填充。
手册中对中国特色的设定进行了丰富的描述（还附有参考书目！），甚至其中还有一个 NPC 会用《易经》为你算命，但可悲的是，它没有得到充分利用。您会得到一些古法颂歌，一个几乎不相关的荣誉守则，神话生物，仅此而已。尽管如此，该游戏的确看起来非常独特，使用头像作为图标并使用垂直滚动的透视图，就好像世界是一个圆柱体。
In 1985 Origin published Moebius: The Orb of Celestial Harmony, an odd RPG by Greg Malone. It was a mediocre Ultima-clone, but it stood out due to its Chinese-based setting, bizarre art style and, especially, its real-time martial arts combat, inspired by fighting games like Karateka (1984).
The sequel, Windwalker, went one step further. While its predecessor's combat was reflex-based, you can now battle in turn-based mode, creating a fascinating fighting system that allows you to carefully choose your next move from a menu. Moreover, a real-time replay can be seen afterwards, making it all look like a fierce martial arts duel.
So why isn't such cool game talked about more? Because combat quickly becomes one of Windwalker's worst aspects. Attacks have a rock-paper-scissors logic to them – once you understand your opponent's moves, you'll know how to counter their attacks. But you can use only two fighting styles and there's only four enemy types in the game – one being the final boss! Worse yet, enemies spawn constantly, turning battles into a chore that drags the entire game down.
Regardless, there isn't much to see here anyway. There's no character creation, stats or skills – you just grow stronger as you play. The world is small, composed of tiny islands, a huge empty ocean, very few NPCs and only three quests. Thus, the frequent battles feel like lazy padding for what's otherwise a 2-3 hours game.
The Chinese-inspired setting is richly described in the manual (with a bibliography!) and there's even an NPC that will read your fortune using the I Ching, but otherwise it's tragically underused. You get some magic chants, a mostly irrelevant honour code, mythological creatures and that's about it. Still, the game does look very distinctive, using heads as icons and a perspective that rolls vertically, as if the world was a cylinder.
最后，有一个聪明的保存和永久死亡系统：守卫只会在您失败之后抓住你，而不会杀死你。而且你可以在任何地方保存。但如果你死了，游戏会自动保存——死超过 10 次，游戏就结束了。
Finally, there's a clever save and permadeath system: guards will only capture you if you lose, not kill you. And you can save anywhere. But if do you die, the game autosaves – die 10 times and it's game over.
In the end, Windwalker is one of those games that I really wanted to like – it looks so original and creative! Sadly, what looks like its greatest strength – the combat only drags it down instead. And the rest of the game simply isn't good enough to make up for that.