The Quest for the Holy Snail

Delbert the Hamster Software (1991) / Zenobi Software (1993) / The Adventure Workshop (1993)
 

ZX Spectrum Screenshot

ZX Spectrum Screenshot

ZX Spectrum Screenshot
     

Written by Gareth Pitchford & PAWed by The Spud (Scott Denyer)

'Can you, Sir Godfrey de Glastonbury, succeed where many great knights have failed and recover the fabled Holy Snail from the castle guarded by the Bleak Night?'

The Quest for the Holy Snail was a greatly expanded version of the original Microfair Madness mini-adventure and was produced for the ZX Spectrum 48K. It made its first appearance on the Delbert's Hamster Wheel of Fortune compilation released by Delbert the Hamster Software in 1992.

A PAWed Amstrad CPC/PCW CP/M version of this title was produced and sold by Philip Reynolds of The Adventure Workshop, it featured on the B-Side of The Life of a Lone Electron.

When Delbert the Hamster Software closed, Zenobi Software took over the distribution of this title and it appeared on their Hamster Droppings compilation.

An Adventuron version of the original Microfair Madness mini-adventure is available to play online here.

The original Amstrad port was "lost" so a new version for CP/M, produced from the Spectrum source file, was created. This '2018 edition' includes several gameplay tweaks & additional hints. It's available as a new Spectrum 48K version as well as the CP/M edition suitable for Amstrad CPC/PCW, ProDOS on SAM and DOS PC.

In 2019, the 1993 Adventure Workshop version was found in the Zenobi archives.

A new DAAD version of the game was produced in 2019 for the Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, Commodore Amiga, and Atari ST.

 

Downloads:

  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - ZX Spectrum 48K: Z80 / SNA / TAP / TZX
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - Amstrad CP/M Disk Image
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - the Amstrad CP/M version for Sam Coupe running Pro-DOS
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - the Amstrad CP/M version for DOS PC (or DOSBox)
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - "raw" CP/M version (for transfering to other systems)
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail - Original version inPAWS source / 2018 version inPAWS source
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail - Syntax highlighted version inPAWS source / 2018 version inPAWS source
  • The Quest for the Holy Snail (2018 Edition) - ZX Spectrum PAW source code
 

Reviews:

  • From Beyond, Issue 15: Delbert's Hamster Wheel of Fortune review, page 1 / page 2
  • Red Herring, Issue 15: review, part 1 / part 2
  • Adventure Probe, Volume 6 issue 9, 'Wheel of Fortune' review: page 1 / page 2
  • Adventure Probe, Volume 8 issue 12, 'Hamster Droppings' review: page 1 / page 2
  • Phillip Ramsey's review via CPCRulez / text version
 

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