Deathtrap Dungeon (video game)
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Cover image for the 1998 video game Deathtrap Dungeon.
|Platform(s)||PlayStation, Microsoft Windows|
Deathtrap Dungeon (or Ian Livingstone's Deathtrap Dungeon) is an action-adventure game released in 1998 for the PlayStation and Microsoft Windows. It is based on the adventure gamebook of the same name (the sixth in the Fighting Fantasy series) written by Ian Livingstone, and published by Puffin Books in 1984.
The game is a third-person adventure, with the player taking the role of an adventurer (either the Amazon "Red Lotus" or the Barbarian "Chaindog"), who at the invitation of a wizard explores a series of dungeons and must overcome both monsters and traps to find riches. The aesthetics and atmosphere are manifestly inspired by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, whose ruins drawings fascinated Ian Livingstone.
The game was a bestseller in the UK. IGN praised the variety of monsters and sound effects, but criticized "the glitchy, mediocre graphics, the unintuitive camera angles, the sluggish control, and the appallingly weak and abrupt ending". GameSpot stated "Deathtrap Dungeon turns out to be at the low end of games for the Sony PlayStation".
- "Deathtrap Dungeon". EGM2. June 1998.
- Eidos Interactive
- Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks - the official website
- Wizard Books - the Publisher's site
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