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Citadel: Adventure of the Crystal Keep

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Citadel.SIT (558.26 KB)
For System 6.x
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citadel.zip (35.16 MB)
For System 6.x
Emulation
This game works with: Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Citadel is an early RPG with party selection, combat and one big and scary dungeon.

Review

An excellent game. Highly creative gameplay design and story. Great atmosphere, great sense of mystery. You need to stretch your mind to figure out what's going on, solve the puzzles, and even to recognize the puzzles when you find them. Good combat system. Having some sheets of graph paper to map with is almost essential when playing this game. There is a map book in the game, but I never really figured out how to use it.

It's important to save backups of your game every time you exit the Citadel. The game can do funny things to your party if you leave them while they're still in there. And you never, ever want to leave your party while they're in the elevator shaft. Smile It's a little inconvenient to play the game without the code wheel, but you can just keep on entering and exiting the Citadel until you choose the correct letter by chance. You have a 2 out of 26 chance of getting it right each time, so it doesn't take that long to do.

Another thing that's sort of a pain in the butt is that in Mac OS 7 or above, all the player and object icons get messed up periodically, and you need to refresh the screen by switching to Finder, making sure you have an open window over the game in the background, and then switching back to the game. I personally feel that working through all these problems is well worth the experience of playing the game, and I give 5 stars without any reservations. - Robin

Link to old Macintosh Garden page:
web.archive.org/mac.the-underdogs.org/index.php?show=game&id=479

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k

Comments

MCP's picture
by MCP - 2012, February 10 - 2:10am

I have a later version, 1.22, that I'm waiting to upload because I want to find out first if it can be hacked for copy protection. I've also got the thick "Secrets" book scanned for upload as well.

UPDATE: I've uploaded a new archive with full documentation in PDF, and disk images of what I believe are a pristine version 1.0 and a strangely affected version 1.22 that I'm not quite sure what to do with. Any help in working out what's different or can be done with 1.22 would be greatly appreciated, as RPG's are not my favorite genre.

by GuyWithGuitars - 2011, October 9 - 3:54pm

Finally got around to making a code wheel to be able to play this. There are tons of display issues with this game - mostly with text. Am I missing something here? It won't run in System 6. It seems to want to run in SSW 7 (on a real Mac SE or Plus) but text is missing for "Party" list in the tavern and I can't seem to get started. Does this take a special or non-standard display font?

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'SSW 7' - IIGS User

by gelf - 2011, April 25 - 1:51pm
5

this is my fav game from my youth. it runs perfectly in mini vmac and basilisk

by perfectly it still crashes and bugs out alot... has anyone got any of the updates as this is version 1.0.0

i will see if some of my old disks still have it... when i get access to my old macs and disks that is

by Slik - 2010, June 13 - 9:06pm

Like Chipwits and Hidden Agenda, programmed with MacFORTH; anyone have any luck running this in Mini vMac?

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by IIGS_User - 2009, May 1 - 4:53pm

Highly creative gameplay design and story. Great atmosphere, great sense of mystery. You need to stretch your mind to figure out what's going on, solve the puzzles, and even to recognize the puzzles when you find them. Good combat system. Having some sheets of graph paper to map with is almost essential when playing this game. There is a map book in the game, but I never really figured out how to use it. It's An excellent game. Highly creative gameplay design and story. Great atmosphere, great sense of mystery. You need to stretch your mind to figure out what's going on, solve the puzzles, and even to recognize the puzzles when you find them. Good combat system. Having some sheets of graph paper to map with is almost essential when playing this game. There is a map book in the game, but I never really figured out how to use it. It's important to save backups of your game every time you exit the Citadel. The game can do funny things to your party if you leave them while they're still in there. And you never, ever want to leave your party while they're in the elevator shaft. Smile It's a little inconvenient to play the game without the code wheel, but you can just keep on entering and exiting the Citadel until you choose the correct letter by chance. You have a 2 out of 26 chance of getting it right each time, so it doesn't take that long to do. Another thing that's sort of a pain in the butt is that in Mac OS 7 or above, all the player and object icons get messed up periodically, and you need to refresh the screen by switching to Finder, making sure you have an open window over the game in the background, and then switching back to the game. I personally feel that working through all these problems is well worth the experience of playing the game, and I give 5 stars without any reservations. important to save backups of your game every time you exit the Citadel. The game can do funny things to your party if you leave them while they're still in there. And you never, ever want to leave your party while they're in the elevator shaft. Smile It's a little incovenient to play the game without the code wheel, but you can just keep on entering and exiting the Citadel until you you choose the correct letter by chance. You have a 2 out of 26 chance of getting it right each time, so it doesn't take that long to do. Another thing that's sort of a pain in the butt is that in Mac OS 7 or above, all the player and object icons get messed up periodically, and you need to refresh the screen by switching to Finder, making sure you have an open window over the game in the backround, and then switching back to the game. I personally feel that working through all these peoblems is well worth the experience of playing the game, and I give 5 stars without any reservations.

- from the old Macintosh Garden reviews.

Edit: Changed 'xxx 7' to 'Mac OS 7' - IIGS User