|Louis Stevenson's classic, Treasure Island, is probably the most famous
pirate tale of all time. The protagonist, a boy named Jim Hawkins, acquires a map to
an infamous pirate's hoarded treasure, and he and his friends set out to find it.
They enlist the help of several sea-faring men, among them a chef by the name of
Long John Silver. Of course, things are not as simple as they original seem, and
before long, Jim finds himself embroiled in a web of intrigue, deceit, and danger.
This game based on that book has mixed qualities. On one hand, it is rather enjoyably
faithful to the book, but on the other hand, there are some scenes that one would not
really know the significance of unless he had read the book. The first couple
chapters, in particular, seem to have some parts like that. Some of these scenes are
optional, though, and it seems that some of the puzzles had multiple solutions, which
is always an interesting thing to see in older text games. The game doesn't
successfully present the book's somewhat complex intrigues and manipulations but rather
only alludes to them lightly. This, though, is partially remedied by a likeable
depiction of Long John Silver. Overall, there are a lot of nice touches that help one
get into the feel of the game, and the internal speaker music isn't half bad, either.