The Legend of Kyrandia: Malcolm’s Revenge

8Leisure Suit Larry meets Monty Burns.

Legend of Kyrandia: Malcolm’s Revenge is the third installment of the old adventure series. where we get to see life from the perspective of the one and only Malcolm the Jester. Freed from a seemingly eternal prison as a statue after being convicted in the death of King William and Queen Katherine, maybe-malevolent Malcolm sets out to clear his not-so-spotless reputation in a hostile land.

The first big hurdle is the fact that, even though he’s a free man, he’s living on borrowed time. The authorities want him off the isle of Kyrandia, but they’re not much help when it comes to providing transportation. As you explore Kyrandia it becomes obvious that there might be several avenues of escape available, but each requires a different set of items to succeed.

The interface, carried over from the earlier games, has its good and bad points. On the plus side, it makes accessing your inventory a breeze, and you can easily get to the controls for saving and loading games, and controlling other game parameters. On the minus side, it can be irritating, popping up as it does every time the cursor moves to the bottom of the screen. This is especially frustrating in scenes where you need to maneuver Malcolm to an area near the bottom of the screen. After a while, you learn to sense where the cursor will trigger the interface.

1Malcolm’s Revenge, involved and convoluted as it is, still retains the joy and sense of wonder of the earlier two games, albeit tempered with Malcolm’s twisted sense of humor. This sense manifests itself in the funny, if not altogether refined, graphics, and in the dialogue. You really must play this with a good sound board in order to hear all the great voices, especially Malcolm’s, which at times talks suspiciously like Montgomery Burns.

Malcolm’s Revenge has much to recommend it. It carries on the spirit of the earlier games and offers the same level of entertainment, in its new warped personality.

System Requirements: 386 33MHz CPU, 4 MB RAM, DOS 5.0

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