by Hans ten Cate
Tuesday, 16 January 1996

First there is "Discworld," based on the extremely popular and funny Terry Pratchett fantasy books. This CD-ROM is currently available for the PC and the Sony Playstation and is also available for the Macintosh in the U.K. (although a U.S. Macintosh release is uncertain at this time). The game was first released in the United States 23 November and in the United Kingdom 11 December.

Based on Terry Pratchett's hilarious Discworld books, this game uses familiar characters and places from the Discworld stories to create an entirely new adventure. You control the actions of Rincewind - a none-too-successful Wizard from the "Unseen University" in the city of Ankh-Morpork. Eric Idle, of Monty Python, provides audio narration and even voices the character of Rincewind as well. Other voice narration is provided by Tony Robinson (Baldric of the "Black Adder" comedy series), Jon Pertwee (one of the seven Doctors from the famous "Dr. Who" television series), Kate Robbins, and Rob Brydon.

Angela Sutherland, Producer at developers Teeny Weeny Games (TWG), states: "we've fully exploited the potential of CD-quality speech, and using character actors like Eric, Tony and Jon really brings the Discworld humour to life. Plus, their profiles give the game a real appeal to the wider public, rather than just the hardcore games fans."

Rincewind must save the city of Ankh-Morpork from being ravaged by a dragon. Accompanied by your trusty walking luggage (a chest with many small pink legs), you navigate through over 80 separate locations, interacting with other characters and objects. Be sure to avoid Death however... he rides a pale horse called 'Binky', wears a black-cowled robe, wields a scythe, tends to be a conversation killer at parties, and has fondness for curries.

Selling over 4 million books in the United Kingdom alone, Terry Pratchett has been called "one of the best, and one of the funniest, English authors alive" (The Independent). The Discworld books naturally lend themselves to gaming, certainly possessing a Pythonesque quality which is further augmented by Eric Idle in the game.

A sequel, "Discworld 2," is already in the works. It is said that the new game will feature Rincewind again, and Python fans can hope that Eric Idle will reprise his role as the voice of the hapless wizard once more.

More information on Discworld is available at the Sony/Psygnosis home page.