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Bored of the Rings

Produced by: DELTA 4 Software
Distributor: DELTA 4 Software (briefly), Silver Soft, CRL Group PLC and Zenobi Software
Author: Fergus McNeill, Judith Child and Ian Willis (BBC version)
Year: 1985
System: ZX Spectrum, Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC, Sinclair QL, BBC B
Type: Illustrated text adventure
Covers: Parody of The Lord of the Rings, not based on (but influenced by) the Harvard Lampoon book Bored of the Rings
Distribution: Commercial, may now be distributed as Freeware
Availability: Out of print, some versions downloadable (see below)

Bored of the Rings was made with The Quill. It was divided in three parts, the player having to type a password at the beginning of each; a password which was given at the end of the previous part.

The game is part of the collection Hairy Toes.

Personal evaluation: It has very poor graphics, and the parser is not much better. Still, the humour in the game is good, and even hilarous in a few places.

Alternative cover

The cover of the original DELTA 4 release was completely different from the one above and there may even have been several different. If you can scan any of them for me, please contact me.

Screen shots

Two images from the ZX Spectrum version.

Net resources

See also