DOS - 1992
Also available on: Amiga
Description of Captive
A big sci-fi hit on the Amiga and Atari ST that went unnoticed on the PC, Captiveis one of the best sci-fi RPGs ever.. on par with Karl Buiter's Hard Novain epic scope and refined gameplay but with a more cumbersome interface.
As an innocent unfairly sentenced to 250 years in cryosleep, you must escape, recruit crew members, and (naturally) save the world. Lots of novel features, e.g. scientific gadgets that you can equip (similar to chips in Circuit's Edge), and the ability to allocate experience points among attributes make this a great RPG.
The fact that it is designed by Anthony Crowther, designer of many Commodore 64 classics, should also entice traditional RPG lovers to check this out :)
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
nik 2016-10-11 0 point
Sure, for me, captive still the best of the best.
with dungeon master.
Imagine a little game on 2 little disk, you can play for months...
Nick Name 2014-06-23 8 points DOS version
I have huge admiration for Anthony Crowther. He coded this to run on 1/2Mb RAM on the Amiga and on one floppy disk, it randomly generated up to 64,000 worlds (maybe more, I remember it was linked in some way to binary) that took, on my average, 8-10 hours to complete one 10 mission sequence. I should probably add that I only got as far as around 60 full missions! The great bit was that it took probably 15 (guessing, as it's been a few years!) 10-planet sequences before you got even close to maximizing your 4 droids/humans to full armor/weapons. Superb game play throughout , admittedly, repetitive but the game wages higher class enemies against you to complement your own progression and prevent further missions becoming easy. This has to be a game I would add to my Desert Island classic selection (along with Dungeon Master and Monkey Island ;)
StevetS 2014-01-28 1 point DOS version
Loved it first time round on the ST - still got the original in my loft!
fantasyfreak_UK 2011-11-29 1 point DOS version
It was good on the ST too, actually probably better :-p
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