Spellcasting 101: Sorcerers Get All the Girls (Legend Entertainment, 1990)

Steve Meretzky's first game since Infocom's demise, and Legend's first game, Spellcasting 101 is not as good as the Infocom classics it emulates. There are graphics in the game, but they are generally relegated to a corner of the screen, and can be removed, if desired, with a keystroke and be replaced by various status screens, a no-typing interface, or even an all-text display. Spellcasting 101 does demonstrate the expert writing and designing of Meretzky with quite a bit good humor, and two different modes, naughty and nice. Because of that and its contect, this game does resemble Leather Goddesses of Phobos, though with not as well-developed an atmosphere or plot. Given that, however, this should be played by adventure or Steve Meretzky fans, or those who plan to play the better two games that follow in the series.

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