In Lure of the Temptress you must bring down the evil sorceress Selena. Despite the name’s suggestive nature, the game is very down-to-earth for an adventure game and, as I found to my displeasure, has very little tempting whatsoever!
Once I got over that shocking realization, I found a decent game beneath the covers. It has some blatantly obvious flaws but it also has the warm feel of a real adventure game. The storyline runs somewhat thin as you’ll at times feel like there’s somewhat little to do, but the beautiful graphics (call me a pixel fan, I dare you!) and the gameplay experience in general make up for it.
Sound & Music:
The music in the game is not much to speak of, monotonous, simple and generally somewhat irritating. You’ll probably soon find yourself turning it off.
I suggest turning on some music of your own while you play, as it really is a game worth playing. It just doesn’t have music worth listening to. Given the time of its creation though (around 1989 I believe) you can’t really hold that against them. The simplicity of the music is to be expected, and tolerated.
2 out of 5 carrots.
Graphics are the beautiful classic adventure game pixel drawings you might come to expect. In my opinion this game features some very good ones too, beautiful to look at and for oldie adventure fans like me, a bringer of a soothing warm feeling inside your chest. The adventure game feeling. Ah, yes!
Excellent work and one of the game’s best qualities. Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. In particular one screen was beautiful, the screen where you can see the jagged peaks of mountains behind a drawbridge you’re on (Screenshot of that included! Yes!).
For good graphics and a better feeling, many carrots to this hare-game go.
5 out of 5 carrots.
Characters wander about on their own from screen to screen, giving the town a very “alive” feeling. Gameplay is, overall, good. The game has some interesting features that bring it up a notch, like the NPCs moving can get pretty irritating trying to talk to someone and you keep getting interrupted by “background conversations” and the like. I had that happen to me a few times in bars and such.
The storyline is a bit on the shorter side – the game definitely might have been better if it had a bit more meat to it. But even so, it’s all good.
3 out of 5 carrots.
In conclusion, Lure of the Temptress is an adventure game of some quality. It’s not classic like many of the other games of its era, but it’s worth a play and has many positive things about it. Especially the fact, that as always around here, it’s very much free. With the magic of the Dosbox, you can enjoy this blast from the past at your convenience – and for adventure fans, I suggest you do.
3 out of 5 carrots.
Review by: Albareth