||(Win95/Win98 Only) (Jewel Case) (TORINSPJ)
Ages: The Whole Family
4 1/2 stars from PC
3 stars (out of 4) from HomePC
3 stars from Computer Gaming
A- from PC Games
A Challenging Quest Through Nested
Worlds I thought I had silenced them all. Curse the quick
thinking of the Arch Authority, snatching the child away before his doom was
sealed. Had the lad been with the rest, surely my suffering would have ceased
years ago. At last I have found him but in a world of isolation and innocence.
He has no idea of the twists and turns his life has taken thus far, nor the
path I have planned for his very short future. Just let him try to discover the
truth, and learn the secrets of Strata's five nested worlds. Watching his
struggle will be an amusement. Facing him will be horribly wonderful.
fascinating story from the mind of Al Lowe, full of comical twists and
Travel to 5 unique worlds within worlds, with dozens of
outrageous characters and humor.
Amazing multi-plane scrolling backgrounds, plus
thousands of cels of hand-drawn animation.
All-digital speech, of course. Plus all-digital sound
effects and incomparable all-digital music written by three-time Academy
Award-winning composer Michel Legrand.
Exclusive new pop-up TelePrompTer you can access
anytime within the game, for on-screen written and spoken dialogue. Optional
Two 3-D inventories, one for you and one for your
All-new, easy-to-use interface and menu bar lets you
fast-forward or rewind and replay favorite scenes, save or restore at any time,
and Auto-Save on exit.
Puzzles to challenge even the most experience players;
but program on-line hints ensure no one gets "stuck."
Win95/Win98 Only. 486 25 MHz+, 8MB RAM, mouse, 2XCD ROM,
Sound card w/DAC, 256-color SVGA, 2MB hard disk space. Recommended: Pentium 60
MHz+, 16MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive+.
Review by Rosemary Young
"Well, Sierra seem to have done it again. In Torin's Passage
they have produced yet another captivating adventure that is fun for everyone
to play. Whether you are 6 or 106, if you have a good store of imagination and
a love of fairy tales, then you are sure to enjoy this one.
"Of all Sierra's fantasy adventures (including King's Quest
and Quest for Glory) this is possibly the one that is aimed at the youngest
audience. But mature players need not despair, it's still entertaining and it's
not so easy that you can skip through it in a couple of hours. Younger children
would certainly need help with some of the puzzles. But all the same, it would
just as well have slotted into our children's review section. We opted to
include it in our regular reviews simply because Sierra's graphic adventures
are so popular with players of all ages and it is, after all, promoted for
everyone from 'kids to adults'."
"...there are two inventories in Torin's Passage as Torin
has a useful pet named Boogle. I say useful because Boogle can 'morph' into a
number of different objects and during the course of the game it is necessary
to check out his inventory to see what tricks he might be able to perform to
help you out. He's both helpful and cute, and you might want to watch where you
step as he tends to get underfoot and suffer the odd squashing."
"I can only conclude that Torin's Passage is well worth a
look for fantasy/fairy tale enthusiasts. The puzzles and problems won't suit
'serious' adventure fans, but they have enough substance to keep lots of us
entertained. There are a couple of bugs running around in the system but a
patch is already available to help you out here -- and I expect the problems
will be put to rights before too long. The game is bright and friendly and the
story literally skips along -- it's certainly one for all the family. I only
wish that 'modern' fairy tales could be a bit more 'modern' and leave a few of
the trappings of traditional fairy tales behind. Do we, for instance, always
have to rescue the fair maid in distress, and must her worth be so much
associated with her beauty?"
PC Entertainment, April 1996
"Torin is your typical teenage hero. He's bold, strong,
dexterous, handsome, and dumb enough to miss so much that you have to wonder
how he stayed alive this long...Fortunately, in Torin's Passage, our hero has
you to guide him. As a result, the journey through this latest adventure from
Sierra On-Line is well worth it, for both of you."
"With Torin's Passage, Al Lowe (of Leisure Suit Larry fame)
takes a break from his bawdy beginnings to produce something for the entire
family. To that end, you'll find plenty of complex puzzles, some excellent plot
twists, and spry visual humor, especially for Torin's shapeshifting pet,
"...All this sophistication runs best from a quad-speed
CD-ROM drive. Still, if you want a graphics adventure for your entire family,
there's nothing better on the market today."
Computer Gaming World, February
"Why this game wasn't called King's Quest VIII remains a
mystery to me. The design follows a similar kid-safe, mother-approved formula.
A light, humorous tone offests darker elements in the plot. Cute animated
plants and animals tell jokes and give out information, and characters present
a player with simple puzzles to solve in exchange for help. Sierra made Torin's
Passage as non-confrontational as a Saturday morning cartoon, with the tradeoff
that few gamers will find it intriguing."
HomePC, April 1996
"...Lowe has fashioned a PC game that, like a clever
Bullwinkle or Animaniacs cartoon, will delight kids even if they don't get all
the references that tickle their parents."
"And that's the one drawback to Torin's Passage: True to
adventure-game tradition, we led Torin to a number of nested worlds. In each,
we poked around to find the various keys and clues that lead to his missing
parents, who've been kidnapped and whisked away to the netherworld - a dark
place that's full of...politicians."
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