Jewels of Darkness

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Jewels of Darkness
Jewels of Darkness Cover.jpg
MS-DOS Cover art
Developer(s) Level 9
Publisher(s) Rainbird Software
Platform(s) Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Amstrad PCW, Atari 8-bit, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Macintosh, MS-DOS, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Release 1986
Genre(s) Text Adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Jewels of Darkness (formerly the Middle-Earth Trilogy) is a trilogy of text adventure games by Level 9. The individual games were initially released separately in 1983. They featured some themes inspired by the books of J. R. R. Tolkien and so became known as the Middle-Earth Trilogy.

In 1986 the three games were revised, expanded and rereleased together as a compilation. For legal reasons the references to Middle-earth were removed and the trilogy was retitled Jewels of Darkness. The games now featured simple static graphics.

The Games[edit]

Opening screen of Colossal Adventure for MS-DOS

Colossal Adventure[edit]

An expanded version of the original Adventure by Will Crowther and Don Woods

Adventure Quest[edit]

Similar in structure to the previous game; the player must defeat the Dark Lord.

Dungeon Adventure[edit]

A continuation of the previous game; following the defeat of the Dark Lord, the player must explore his tower looking for treasure.


Computer Gaming World stated that the compilation's claim that the games had been "significantly revised to incorporate the latest innovative techniques" was false. It described the puzzles as illogical, the Commodore version's graphics as "crude", and, like the parser, below the standard of previous Firebird text adventures.[1]


  1. ^ Seacat, Douglas (February 1988). "Jewels of Darkness". Computer Gaming World. No. 44. pp. 23, 26. Retrieved 24 April 2016. 

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