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The SwordThrust cover.
Developer(s) Donald Brown
Publisher(s) CE Software
Designer(s) Donald Brown
Platform(s) Apple II
Release date(s) 1981
Genre(s) Adventure / RPG
Mode(s) Single player

SwordThrust is an interactive text adventure game for the Apple II computer, created by Donald Brown and published by CE Software in 1981. It consists of seven separate adventures (each sold separately) and is the commercial successor to Brown's Eamon (1980).


Players take on the role of a warrior/adventurer in the magical, feudal world of Diurla. Play begins at the Main Hall of the Guild of Free Rogues, where the player creates a character, buys equipment and learns spells before venturing out to gain wealth and experience. Each scenario has a different goal, and typically a time limit. A save option is available, allowing the player to suspend the game and pick it up later.[1]


Seven separate adventures were released for the SwordThrust system:[1]

A screenshot from the first adventure, "The King's Testing Ground".
  1. The King's Testing Ground by Donald Brown. Intended for "beginning rogues", this adventure is the equivalent of Eamon's Beginners Cave and contains relatively easy opponents.
  2. The Vampyre Caves by Donald Brown
  3. The Kidnappers Cove by Donald Brown
  4. The Case of the Sultan's Pearl by Donald Brown
  5. The Green Plague by Donald Brown
  6. The Eternal Curse by Donald Brown
  7. The Hall of Alchemie by Peter Wityk


A 1982 review in Computer Gaming World praised the game's departure from the typical Dungeons & Dragons character class system, instead allowing a character to advance in any skill, closer in style to RuneQuest.[2] The magazine stated in 1991 "It's a pity that Swordthrust did not survive into the graphic era, as it had great potential".[3]

See also[edit]

The splash screen from SwordThrust.
  • Eamon, the non-commercial predecessor to SwordThrust.


  1. ^ a b "SwordThrust Manual" (PDF). CE Software. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 
  2. ^ Maloy, Deirdre (1982), "The SwordThrust series: A survey", Computer Gaming World (Jan–Feb 1982): 2 
  3. ^ Scorpia (October 1991). "C*R*P*G*S / Computer Role-Playing Game Survey". Computer Gaming World. p. 16. Retrieved 18 November 2013. 

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