This is a humorous text
adventure which forms a spoof of the original Pawn adventure by
Magnetic Scrolls. First released for the Sinclair QL home computer by
Talent computer systems of Glasgow, it was written by Mert (Martin
Hopkins) who was well known for producing witty well written adventures.
You play the role of
a Prawn who was scooped up in a trawler net and you end up on a strange
land, wearing a copper tail-band, which must have been placed on you
during your sleep because you cannot remember how it got there. Apart
from noticing that you can now move about on land nearly as easily as
you could in the Sea, you have an odd sensation that you have been here
Many features of this game
are similar to the Pawn, although not all of the puzzles can be solved
in the same manner. There is a philosopher, an itinerant salesperson, a
magician who arrives on a giant pop bottle top, a castle with gardens
to explore, a mountain with a cave, an Ice Tower guarded by a shrimp
and even a tree stump!!
This adventure comes in
three parts (King's Keep, The Ancient City of Laros and The Badlands.
Much larger than the original Pawn, this should keep you occupied for
many a long evening.
Do not worry if you have
never played the original game The Pawn, as this spoof is
self-contained and contains enough explanation for you to perform all
the tasks without reference to the original adventure.
If you are looking for the
original PAWN (by Magnetic Scrolls), unfortunately, the Sinclair QL
version of this program will not currently work from disk and is still
copyright. However a Magnetic Scrolls interpreter for various platforms
can be downloaded from here and you can also download the files needed
to play a version of Pawn and many other Magnetic Scrolls adventures.
You will however, need the original adventures as the games remain
You can download a demo of the Windows version from this website - this
is the full adventure but is limited to 3 sessions of 20 minutes
"This game is going to
give whoever buys it a lot of pleasure."
QL Adventurer's Forum
"The Prawn is laced
liberally with the kind of genuinely humorous puns which are guaranteed
to sustain interest in continuing to the end of the game.......
Hopkins' authorship displays a rare brilliance for attention to logical
detail and providing a subtle and sometimes not so subtle - humour
which eliminates the artificial awesome purpose so often seen in this
type of game....
The Prawn is sure to delight adventure enthusiasts everwhere."