3 Skulls of the Toltecs

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3 Skulls of the Toltecs
3 Skulls of the Toltecs Cover.jpg
Developer(s)Revistronic
Publisher(s)Time Warner
Director(s)Hernán Castillo Brian
Producer(s)Rob Smith
Ben Tuszynski
Designer(s)Rodrigo Castillo Brian
Hernán Castillo Brian
Programmer(s)Hernán Castillo Brian
Artist(s)Antonio de Tena
Writer(s)Rodrigo Castillo Brian
Composer(s)David R. Punshon
Richard Wells
EngineSCUMM Edit this on Wikidata
Platform(s)DOS, Windows
Release1996
Genre(s)Graphic adventure
Mode(s)Single-player

3 Skulls of the Toltecs is a point-and-click graphic adventure game designed by Revistronic to run under DOS (and a rare version under Windows 9x) and published by Time Warner in 1996. Today it is playable using ScummVM emulation software. The game features 3rd-person perspective, inventory-based puzzle solving, and side-scrolling cartoon graphics.

The rare Windows version of the game is valuable collector's item, some copies were sold for several hundred dollars on eBay in the past and the price has been increasing.

3 Skulls of the Toltecs was commercially successful, with sales of 25,000 units in Spain and 200,000 across Europe. Revistronic followed the game with two sequels: The Westerner (2003) and Fenimore Fillmore's Revenge (2008).

Gameplay[edit]

The game's screen is divided into three sections: a central side-scrolling scenery window containing the characters and the items to manipulate or retrieve, a box in the lower left corner containing different verbs (talk, pick up, give, look), and adjacent to this, an inventory box with all the different objects Fenimore possesses. The game is played by using the mouse cursor to select an item or character in the scenery window, an item in the inventory, and a verb. The game requires a player to select (thereby highlighting to facilitate play) one item from each box; for example: clicking on the hat, then on the word "give," and finally on a character makes Fenimore give the hat to the selected character. This game is based on the SCUMM system developed by LucasArts.

Plot[edit]

The game begins in 1866 Arizona when the game's hero, a cowboy named Fenimore Fillmore, tries to rescue an old peddler from a band of attacking rustlers. The dying peddler gives Fenimore a golden skull and tells him the legend of a fabulous treasure that can be found by collecting two other golden skulls. To reach his goal, Fenimore Fillmore must battle the evil Friar Anselmo and the perfidious Colonel Leconte (who also seek the treasure), fight fierce Apaches (whose Chief's son's tepee boasts a sheepskin from Harvard), engage sleepy Mexican revolutionaries (whose leader is amnesic), outwit witty French soldiers (federated with Emperor Maximilian of México), and suffer the insufferable alcohol-prohibition-ladies league. Solving the puzzles involves fabricating bootleg whiskey, blowing up a bank's safe, escaping from prison, rescuing a pianist from a well, locating and flying a balloon, and turning a devout monk into a gallant rebel general. The game elements emulate Spaghetti Westerns and caricature American Wild West themes.

Development[edit]

3 Skulls of the Toltecs began development at Erbe Software. It was started by brothers Rodrigo and Hernán Castillo, formerly of Dinamic Multimedia. After Erbe dropped 3 Skulls, the pair founded their own company to finish it, under the name Revistronic.[1]

Reception[edit]

According to Gerard Masnou of GameLive PC, 3 Skulls of the Toltecs was commercially successful, with sales of 25,000 units in Spain and 200,000 across Europe.[1] Its international success was unique for an adventure game made in Spain. Masnou remarked in late 2002 that, with regard to market penetration beyond its home country, "no Spanish adventure has so far repeated the success" of 3 Skulls. At that time, Pendulo Studios' Spanish game Runaway: A Road Adventure had not been released in many countries.[2]

Masnou called 3 Skulls' critical reception "acceptable", but Revistronic's Hernán Castillo complained that it was underappreciated by Spain's press.[1]

PC Joker gave the game a review score of 72%[3]

PC Player gave the game a review score of 4 out of 5[4]

Legacy[edit]

The game received two sequels: The Westerner (2003) and Fenimore Fillmore's Revenge (2009).

3 Skulls of the Toltecs was re-released on GOG.com in June 2019.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Masnou, Gerard (June 2003). "Hispano aventuras gráficas". GameLive PC (in Spanish) (30): 28–33.
  2. ^ Masnou, Gerard (November 2002). "Aventuras; Made in Spain". GameLive PC (in Spanish) (23): 101.
  3. ^ Als Hernan, Rodrigo Castillo (October 1996). "PC Joker - 10/96": 40. Retrieved February 12, 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  4. ^ "PC Joker - 10/97". October 1997: 144. Retrieved February 12, 2016. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ "Release: Fenimore Fillmore: 3 Skulls of the Toltecs".

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