Project SWIFT

The Scepter [Bug-Byte's "Adventure"]

This was my first attempt at writing a text adventure. It was written in ZX81 BASIC but used some Z80 machine code routines to handle command input; the standard BASIC functions being unsuitable for some reason.

I have no idea what made me submit it to Bug-Byte for publication, but I've always been glad that I did. This was the first step in my career as a software developer. It was written while studying for my GCSE O-Levels. When the Head of Year got to hear about it she contacted the local newspaper; so I achieved my fifteen minutes of fame.

My title for the game was always The Scepter but Bug-Byte chose to publish it under the name Adventure. At the time I had no reason to question the name change but looking back perhaps it was an attempt to cash in on the fame of the Crowther and Woods classic.

Download

Emulator file in ZX81 '.P' format: SCEPTER.P

To run the software I recommend XTender by Carlo Delhez.

Walkthrough

Title Page

Road EAST
Meadow EXAMINE FENCE
GET WIRE
JUMP FENCE
Dry Pond GET BOOT
GET WHEEL
WEST
Meadow WEST
Road SOUTH
Mud Path GET MUD
NORTH
Road WEST
Lake WASH MUD
BOARD BOAT
Boat GET AXE
GET DIAMOND
EAST
Lake SOUTH
Forest CLIMB TREE
Up a Tree GET ACORN
DOWN
Forest CHOP TREE
DROP AXE
EAST
Mud Path SOUTH
Lane KICK GATE
SHAKE BOOT
DROP BOOT
GET KEY
EAST
Doorway UNLOCK DOOR
OPEN DOOR
DROP KEY
SOUTH
Hallway EAST
Armoury GET SWORD
WEST
Hallway SOUTH
Lounge GET LAMP
WEST
Kitchen LIFT PANEL
DOWN
It is too dark to see LIGHT LAMP
Small Cave SOUTH
Slope ROLL WHEEL
SOUTH
Spider Web SOUTH
Grand Room PICK LOCK
GET SKULL
NORTH
Spider Web NORTH
Slope NORTH
Small Cave DROP SKULL
DROP WIRE
EAST
Passageway GIVE ACORN
EAST
Cave CLIMB ROPE
Hidden Room GET STAFF
DOWN
Cave WEST
Passageway WEST
Small Cave DROP STAFF
UP
Kitchen NORTH
Dining Room GET GOBLET
SOUTH
Kitchen DOWN
Small Cave WEST
Corridor RUB CRYSTAL
Large Cave SAY HELLO
WEST
Hot Cave MELT GLOBLET
GET COIN
NORTH
Grotto INSERT COIN
GET SCROLL
SOUTH
Hot Cave SOUTH
Guard Room KILL DOG
EAST
Misty Room GIVE DIAMOND
EAST
Jewel Room SWAP RUBY
FOR DIRT
READ SCROLL
Small Cave GET STAFF
GET SKULL
MAKE SCEPTER
UP
Kitchen NORTH
Dining Room EAST
Hallway NORTH
Doorway WEST
Lane NORTH
Mud Path WEST
Forest WAVE SCEPTER
Palace of the Emperor You win!