Young Merlin

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a game by Westwood
Genre: Adventure/RPG
Platform: SNESSNES
Editor Rating: 6.3/10, based on 6 reviews
User Rating: 7.0/10 - 2 votes
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Virgin enters the realm of the fantasy kingdom with a simple and entertaining graphic adventure. Similar to King's Quest for the PC and NES, Young Merlin takes you on a magical, whimsical ride that proves to be more funny than it is challenging.

Merlin, She Wrote

The lands of West Wood and Pinedale are being overrun by servants of the Shadow King. The Shadow King has ordered his henchmen, the Meanies, to go out into the land and destroy anything of beauty. Everything goes his way until young Merlin shows up and uncovers the shadowy plot of the Shadow King. With help from the Lady of the Lake, Merlin is determined to put a stop to the dark deity once and for all.

Although you start the game with nothing, you collect various magic-inducing items, some of which have a purpose that is unknown to you at first. You must determine the use of each item and apply it in the appropriate situation. For example, when you get the fishbowl, you'll have to wait to discover its use. You also get various weapons, such as the Shooting Star, the Lightning Wand, and the Snowflake, to name a few.

Have Magic, Will Travel

You'll be using every weapon 'cuz the Shadow King will send more henchmen to kill you than a jealous ex-wife. Not only are those Meanies mean, they're also versatile and will turn into evil trees, hedge monsters, and more. You also battle spiders, sharks, dwarves, and a dragon, so keep on your toes.

Not all these enemies, or all the clues, are in the same place. You have to do a lot of walking back and forth between places. What's annoying about this is that every time you find a Gem, you have to walk it back to the waterfall at the beginning of the game to redeem it for an item. What Merlin needs is a magic carpet.

Fortunately, with all this walking, control is not a problem. You just move your character from place to place and pick up (or use) objects. In this linear story, you cannot lose objects, or use them improperly, so it's not possible to lead your character astray.

Merlin Monroe

How does Young Merlin look? It has a very colorful, very animated, and at the same time, very detailed look to it. The backgrounds are lively (the underwater scenes are just swimming with strange creatures), and the characters all have a very humorous, cartoonish look to them.

The music and sound effects in this game belong in a dungeon somewhere. The Meanies make high-pitched squealing noises, and secondary characters, like Casolari, mumble unintelligibly.

Real voices would have gone a long way here.

Easy Strider

The game doesn't get any points for being too challenging. Most enemies are easily defeated, and a combination of items will defeat those enemies who linger too long. When you die in the game, you're placed very near the spot where you perished, with all items intact... and there are passwords to make it even easier!

Most of the fun is figuring out which items work in which situations, and unraveling the story line as you find and use each clue. Although most intermediate gamers should breeze through this game, beginning gamers may need a hand.

Merlin Makes His Mark

Young Merlin is a fun and entertaining sidebar to more serious RPGs. If you love fantasy games with dragons, damsels, and danger, but you don't want to worry about hit points or personality alignments, then sit down with Young Merlin and give him a hand in his quest.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Pentium II (or equivalent) 266MHz (500MHz recommended), RAM: 64MB (128MB recommended), DirectX v8.0a or later must be installed

Game Reviews

In a bizarre cross between King's Quest and the Legend of Zelda comes Young Merlin. As the young wizard, you must embark on a journey through a mysterious land to prove your magical prowess.

As the game goes on you learn more and more magic. Riddles and mysteries abound, but the strange thing is: there are no words in the game. Different, isn't it? "But how do I gain information?" you might ask. The plot is revealed through a series of cinematic displays that are very well depicted.

The graphics are impressive, and the originality of the adventure is truly a delight. The sounds are whimsical, and the many riddles are fun to solve. It's a hit!

Young Merlin is a magical adventure of a boy who will someday grow up to be the most powerful magician the world has ever known! Follow Young Merlin on his epic quest through evil forests, dark caves and some of the weirdest looking creatures you have ever seen! Collect various magic-enhancing items and follow the clues given to you along the way! You must unravel the mystery as you go along!

A host of evil creatures has besieged this once pristine land. From his underground palace, the Shadow King is directing his minions - the Meanies - to destroy all things of beauty. The Shadow King is winning, and all the land will soon quiver in his grasp. Meanwhile, Young Merlin was swept away by a raging river while trying to save a beautiful maiden. He awakes to find himself in an enchanted land. As you explore your surroundings, you discover the evil Shadow King's plot. Armed with an arsenal of magical items, Merlin enlists the help of the Lady of the Lake. It will take all your cunning and fighting skills, along with the help of the Lady of the Lake, to defeat the Meanies and penetrate the fortress of the Shadow King. Loads of puzzles and objects will keep you guessing and figuring your way through this colorful journey.

This game strikes a good middle ground between fast action and slow RPGs. The levels are huge, the control is good and the graphics are up to the Virgin par. The game is somewhat long, but there are plenty adventures in store.

Young Merlin is a video game for the Super Nintendo released in 1994. It was developed by Westwood Studios, and Frank Klepacki composed its score. The game follows a young Merlin as he enlists the help of the Lady of the Lake to help him defeat the evil Shadow King.

You have to fight enemies using spells that are gathered during the progress of the game as well as solve puzzles and use several objects.

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SNES/Super Nintendo/Super Famicom Screenshots