Stuart Smith

Adventure Construction Set

Adventure Construction Set

MS-DOS - Released - 1987

Despite its title, Adventure Construction Set is an editor that allows players to create their own role-playing scenarios. It is possible to customize a tile-set, maps, and objects to create RPGs reminiscent of the early Ultima games. Seven small 'toolkits' to build from include Sci/Fi, Spy, and Medieval setting templates, plus two complete games are included as a demonstration: Rivers of Light is based on Sumerian mythology and contains 140 rooms and Land of Aventuria consists of seven mini adventures with different settings, e.g. an adaption of Alice in Wonderland or a Nazi castle.

Adventure Construction Set

Adventure Construction Set

Commodore 64 - Released - 1984

Despite its title, Adventure Construction Set is an editor that allows players to create their own role-playing scenarios. It is possible to customize a tile-set, maps, and objects to create RPGs reminiscent of the early Ultima games. Seven small 'toolkits' to build from include Sci/Fi, Spy, and Medieval setting templates, plus two complete games are included as a demonstration: Rivers of Light is based on Sumerian mythology and contains 140 rooms and Land of Aventuria consists of seven mini adventures with different settings, e.g. an adaption of Alice in Wonderland or a Nazi castle.

Age of Adventure

Age of Adventure

Apple II - Released - July 31, 1986

Billed as "the greatest adventures in history," this game was actually two games in one: The Return of Heracles and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Both games are somewhat similarly constructed, as they were built on an engine that is a precursor to Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set. Control multiple characters via a top-down perspective on various quests throughout the mythological past. Find items, increase your stats, battle monsters, and explore the land in these turn-based RPGs. Both games feature a cooperative component that lets any number of players play together, simply...

Age of Adventure

Age of Adventure

Atari 800 - Released - 1986

Age of Adventure is a combo pack of two previous Stuart Smith games, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and Return of Heracles. In both games you control a top-down view player character and move it around the screen with a joystick (in Return of Heracles, you also have a pet dog to control). Game play is turn based with a certain number of actions in each turn. Maps are much larger than a screen and are revealed as explored. In multiplayer games players can control multiple characters on alternate turns (unusually, with almost any number of players). Control and view behavior were...

Age of Adventure: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Age of Adventure: Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Billed as "the greatest adventures in history," this game was actually two games in one: The Return of Heracles and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Both games are somewhat similarly constructed, as they were built on an engine that is a precursor to Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set. Control multiple characters via a top-down perspective on various quests throughout the mythological past. Find items, increase your stats, battle monsters, and explore the land in these turn-based RPGs. Both games feature a cooperative component that lets any number of players play together, simply by...

Age of Adventure: The Return of Heracles

Age of Adventure: The Return of Heracles

Commodore 64 - Released - 1986

Billed as "the greatest adventures in history," this game was actually two games in one: The Return of Heracles and Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Both games are somewhat similarly constructed, as they were built on an engine that is a precursor to Stuart Smith's Adventure Construction Set. Control multiple characters via a top-down perspective on various quests throughout the mythological past. Find items, increase your stats, battle monsters, and explore the land in these turn-based RPGs. Both games feature a cooperative component that lets any number of players play together, simply by...

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Atari 800 - Released - 1981

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is an overhead dungeon crawler with strong RPG elements that sends you on a search for the Sultan's kidnapped daughter, Princess Buddir-al-Buddoor. You journey into the (often trapped) underworld to fight the nefarious thieves. Your party is chosen from a range of 17 characters, and can feature humans, dwarves, elves, and halflings. They can be controlled in a turn-based fashion by one player or in a co-operative mode. As you look for the princess, you'll come across hoards of gold ducats, with which you can buy armor and weapons. There are also runes offering...

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Apple II - Released - 1982

Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is an overhead dungeon crawler with strong RPG elements that sends you on a search for the Sultan's kidnapped daughter, Princess Buddir-al-Buddoor. You journey into the (often trapped) underworld to fight the nefarious thieves. Your party is chosen from a range of 17 characters, and can feature humans, dwarves, elves, and halflings. They can be controlled in a turn-based fashion by one player or in a co-operative mode. As you look for the princess, you'll come across hoards of gold ducats, with which you can buy armor and weapons. There are also runes offering...

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