Legend has it that there was once a great war between the elves and the dragon Ceril. An elf magician was able to cast a spell to seal the dragon into the depths of a citadel. In the present day an orphan grew up to be a warrior who now wants to become a knight. To prove his ability, he must obtain three treasures from the nearby citadel of the dead
Citadelle is a French language text adventure game where players input noun and verb combinations into a text parser in order to control the protagonist. Players take on the role of the warrior who wants to become a knight. Players move from location to location looking for objects to take or manipulate in order to solve puzzles. Since the warrior can only carry a limited amount of items at a time, the player will have to juggle between which objects to carry around and which ones to leave behind.
Along the way the warrior will have to fight various enemies such as gnolls, liches, and orcs. During combat players can choose to attack, defend (attacks are less potent for both the warrior and the monster), cast a spell (limited uses), or flee from the fight (brings the warrior back to the previous location). Defeating monsters earns the warrior experience. Players will have to be careful not to take to much damage and lose all their health as the adventure will come to an end.
Citadelle is the first part of a trilogy of games. The first part only contains one of the three treasures needed for knighthood. The ultimate goal of this game is to collect the Shield of Oran and then find out how to descend into the caverns under the citadel.