February 3, 2015

Torin's Passage

Sierra On-Line, 1995

This is one of the few games that Al Lowe wrote for Sierra On-line other then the infamous Leisure Suit Larry games, a series of adventures that introduced the hilarious character of Larry Laffer. Torin's Passage is a fantasy adventure set on Strata, a planet consisting of five nested worlds. You play the role of Torin, who was saved by his faithful nanny from an evil sorceress, when he was merely an infant and the only son of the King and the Queen of Strata. Your quest is to find the evil sorceress and rescue your parents from her imprisonment. In order to do this, you must journey to all of these worlds, solve puzzles and decipher clues. The game has a solid story, which may be equally enjoyed by both children and adults.

The sound effects and animation sequences in the game are incredible. One of the unique features of the game is the slide-up inventory with a teleprompter, which controls the subtitles and display the inventory items in three dimensions. Another nice feature is your bunny companion, Boogle, who has the ability to transform into any shape. In many cases, Boogle   becomes very handy in solving many clues. This is one of my most recommended games for the fans of the genre.