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DK CASTLE EXPLORER DORLING KINDERSLEY +1Clk Windows 10 8 7 Vista XP Install

DK CASTLE EXPLORER DORLING KINDERSLEY +1Clk Windows 10 8 7 Vista XP Install

$ 17.00


Actual Game 

 

DK Multimedia Castle Explorer

1-Click Install
Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, XP

(DK Multimedia 1996)

MY PROMISE
My games are genuine, install in one step, look, sound and play in Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP like they did in the old days, or your money back. This is my unconditional guarantee for three years.

WHAT IS INCLUDED
This listing includes the original game CD. The box is pictured for reference and is not included.

I will also provide a compatibility CD that will allow the game to run under ALL VERSIONS of Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista and XP, both 32 and 64 bit. Note that printing no longer functions.

INSTALLATION
One step: Insert my CD and the game will automatically work on your computer. Done. Yes, it's that simple.

Want to play? Click the icon. Want the game off your computer? Click Uninstall. Zero hassle.

TECH SUPPORT
Rapid response technical support for three years is always an e-mail or phone call away.

In the extremely rare event I cannot get this title to work on your system I will take it back for a full refund. All I ask is minimal assistance from you during the troubleshooting process.

 

The Game
Castle Explorer is an educational title aimed at children aged around eight or nine and over, and shows what a functioning 14th century castle looked like.

The premise of the game has a king being suspicious of baron Mortimer who owns the eponymous castle, and wants information. The player is placed in the role of a spy, who can disguise himself as a knight or a maid, and can explore the castle by observing cutaway drawings, or by entering one of four interactive rooms in the castle: the kitchen, the armoury, the alchemist's lab, and the solar. In these rooms, the player will meet the characters of the game, played by live actors: the cook, the armourer, the alchemist, and baron Mortimer himself, respectively. Each room has one piece of the map that is torn to five pieces that the player must discover, but must do so while doing simple tasks in these rooms (putting bread into an oven, cleaning armour, throwing wood in fireplaces, etc.), otherwise his cover will be blown and will be thrown to the dungeon. On some instances, the character assigned to the room may ask a question before letting the spy in, and if the answer is incorrect, guards will take the spy to the dungeon as well. But, the jailer happens to be on the spy's side, and will readily free him for a bribe of 3 coins. These coins, as well as objects that the "maid" may be called to gather, are scattered in the aforementioned cutaway drawings and can be placed in the spy chest (inventory). The way the characters treat the spy differ depending on the disguise, which can be changed at will in the spy hut just outside the castle. Initially, the player can go without a disguise, acting as a page, and can roam the castle freely but will not encounter the hidden pieces of the map nor have access to the spy chest before disguising.

The fifth piece of the puzzle map is gained by answering four questions that the king is interested in and are found in the scroll in the spy chest. Answers can be found in one of three ways: by observing certain objects in a room and having a character explain them, by clicking on objects in the cutaway images for expanded descriptions, or by reading the books that elaborate aspects of medieval life like warfare, food, society, etc.

If successful, the player is presented with a certificate from the king at the end of the game, which can be personalized to the player's name and printed or saved as a file.

The exploration is based on Dorling Kindersley's books with detailed cutaway drawings, more specifically Stephen Biesty's Cross-Sections: Castle from 1994. Certain locations have interactive video sequences with live actors against computer generated backgrounds. Some of these contain simple tasks to be performed such as cleaning armour or putting bread into an oven while in others the player is asked questions to ensure that they are not a spy.

The game is backed up by a detailed reference section where any unfamiliar medieval word can be looked up, and also a 'Trails' button which serves as browsing history of terms.

 

 


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