Realm of Fantasy
|Realm of Fantasy|
|◄Eamon adventure #270►*|
|Native format||PC DOS|
Realm of Fantasy—the second adventure designed specifically for Eamon Deluxe—was written by Jared Davis and submitted to the EAG in 2006. At this point, Frank Black had suspended support for Eamon Deluxe and—apart from an announcement on the EAG blog—the adventure languished, unreviewed, for six years. Upon Black's renewed interest in supporting Eamon Deluxe in 2012, Realm of Fantasy was given a large overhaul, with a number of enhancements made and features added.
Joslyn, a new member of the Guild of Free Adventurers, has taken note of your talent and requests that you assist him in finding a long-lost friend outside of the Main Hall. The friend, Oscar, fell down a hole in the ground years before and you must make your way down the hole in search of Oscar. Lying beneath Eamon is an entire subterranean realm which must be explored to complete the task of finding Joslyn friend.
EAG webmaster Matthew Clark was apparently initially not a fan of the adventure when it was first created in 2006. When the adventure was updated in 2012, Luke Hewitt initially awarded it a score of 4 in his review, praising its surreal humor and craziness but expressing some dissatisfaction with the game's lack of descriptions and the huge number of companions, as well as the fact that several peaces of special programming such as the shop apparently didn't work. When Frank Black revised the program, however, Hewitt raised his rating to reflect the changes, and the composite review score from Hewitt and Black is 5.5.
- Realm of Fantasy was the first Eamon Deluxe adventure to become publicly available in 2012, although the main package containing several more adventure sets had been available to beta testers previously. A stand-alone package containing Realm of Fantasy was initially released by Black to the public.
- After Black's changes to the program in 2012, Realm of Fantasy was one of only a few Eamon titles to use colored text as part of its atmosphere, emphasizing descriptions of places such as the Emerald City by printing text in corresponding colors. A similar technique is used in the critically acclaimed 2004 Zcode interactive fiction Photopia by Adam Cadre.
- The name Joslyn comes from Frank Joslyn Baum, the son of Oz creator L. Frank Baum and author of several Oz stories.
- When the adventurer encounters Dorothy and Toto, Dorothy is wearing the silver shoes described in the novel The Wizard of Oz rather than the ruby slippers from the 1939 MGM film version. References to the Oz books don't stop with Wonderful Wizard and include characters such as Tip from Return to Oz whom the player finds turned into a statue by the witch Mombi, a fate he narrowly avoids in the novel.
- The game includes a shop which sells among several other items a book described as Outsiders from Oz by Jared Davis, a novel which Davis himself published. Frank Black reviewed the novel in the Eamon online blog in 2012, describing it as a lighthearted fantasy.
- Almost all the descriptions and appearances of the Super Mario characters are taken from the original Super Mario Bros. published by Nintendo for the NES in 1985. The sole exception is Toad who, though he appeared in the original game to inform Mario that the princess was in another castle, did not receive the name Toad until the 1987 release of Super Mario Brothers 2 where Toad was a playable character along with Mario, his brother Luigi, and Princess Peach, much as they all appear in Realm of Fantasy.