Title Loom Game Type Adventure Publisher Lucasfilm Games Players 1 Compatibility OCS/AGA HD Installable Yes Submission Eric Haines Review This is one of Lucasfilm's first adventure efforts, before the days of Monkey Island. Their goal was to create a game that wasn't more of the same old, same old, and to some extent, Loom succeeds. On first impressions, impressive it's not. It's a direct translation of the IBM 16-color version (there was a 256- color version later that was of course never converted to AGA), so graphics are gaudy and dithered, though as well done as could be expected given that limitation. The programmers couldn't be bothered to learn about Amiga specifics like the blitter either, so animation can get very slow and jerky, especially on a stock A500. Sound and music isn't up to a whole lot either. With a lackluster presentation like that, what's there to like? Well, the story. This is one of the very, very few games I've played where the story is worthwhile for its own sake, and not just as a means to an end. "Defeat the evil wizard and/or rescue the princess" is nowhere to be seen. Each action you take in the game reveals more of this story, so it really could be called "interactive fiction." The game mechanics are unusual as well. You start out as a young shepherd, equipped with a magical staff but untrained in its ways. As you progress, you find clues in the form of musical notes, which when played can cast a spell. And that's it, really. Point and click to move around the screen as usual, but there's no inventory to manage or a push/pull/open/close list of actions to perform. The game comes on three disks and thus is reasonably large, but if you're looking for a good challenge you won't find it here. This is adventuring in "easy" mode, and it won't take you long to finish unless you're really stupid. (You can up the difficulty a bit by turning off the display of musical notes, which I would recommend unless you're completely tone-deaf.) Despite the drawbacks, Loom is a game that I'd recommend just because of its originality. Certainly it's a pleasant way to while away an afternoon or two.