Operation Crab Key
|Operation Crab Key|
|◄Eamon adventure #71►|
|Revised||26 August 1984|
|EDX set||Worst of the Classic Adventures|
|Native format||Apple DOS 3.3|
The adventure picks up with the adventurer setting off in his or her dingy on the Great Lake Eamon for recreational sailing, when the adventurer's craft is caught in a storm, leaving the player shipwrecked at a "Miami-style" resort. The adventurer must investigate the resort in order to escape and return to the Main Hall.
During play, a number of references to fictional spy James Bond, to whose creator, Ian Fleming, Operation Crab Key is dedicated. Through room and monster descriptions, there is the suggestion of a subplot involving Bond enemy Doctor No operating the resort, hiring evil scientists alongside kitchen staff in pursuit of an ill-defined secret plan.
After leaving the Main Hall you decided to take a pleasure voyage on your dingy. You left your wonderful wife back home, and started sailing down the coast of the Great Lake Eamon.
Suddenly a dense fog overtook your boat and you sailed aimlessly in the vast waters of the lake. Hours later you landed on a beach of an uncharted isle. High above you loud metal birds soar into the distance.
You find that your beautiful armour has been replaced with rough blue jeans and a cotton island shirt. Inside one of your pants pockets you find a circular piece of worthless metal. On one side of it is a picture of a strange man with a beard. Below, to the right, are the numbers 1958.
Crashing onto the island destroyed your boat beyond repair. You decided to search the island for an alternate means of escape. You came upon a mouth of a river and followed it inland. The river flowed hundreds of yards before abruptly ending at the base of a hill. When you reached the top of the hill you spotted a large hut to the north. Hoping someone there would have some means of transportation you ran up to the hut entrance.
Operation Crab Key, for a time, had the distinction of being the worst-rated Eamon after Bob Davis awarded it a score of 0. Davis took issue with the copy-and-pasted room descriptions ("You are in a charming double bedroom in modern Miami style...") for the majority of rooms in the map. Frank Black eventually contributed his own review, conceding that Crab Key "is by no means a masterpiece," but offering praise for the writing and use of one-way passages to convey a plot; with Black's score of 5, the average rating of Crab Key was sufficient to no longer be the lowest-rated Eamon.
Crab Key is set on the coast of the Great Lake Eamon. The resort in which it is set can be accessed by boat from the Main Hall.
- Operation Crab Key is the origin of the not infrequent Eamon room description, "Too normal to bother describing."
- Eamon Adventurer's Guild Library Master List
- The Interactive Fiction Database: Operation Crab Key
- Interactive Fiction Reviews: Operation Crab Key