Wilderness: A Survival Adventure
DOS - 1986
Also available on: Apple II
Description of Wilderness: A Survival Adventure
Wilderness is a unique survival adventure that may well be the most realistic simulation of its kind ever made, even decades after its release. The game casts you as an archaelogist in search of the Croesus status, rumored to be inside the Lost City of Gold. From the scene of where your plane crashed, you must trek into the wilderness, find the statue, and return alive.
Although Wilderness may appear to be just another parser-based interactive fiction, the player will soon discover that the game's astounding level of realism and detail more than qualifies it as a simulation. The game was designed by a team of real-life doctors, and it shows: right from the start, the game asks for your height, age, and heart rate-- all of which affect hundreds of factors, from stamina, speed, and resistance to disease.
Every decision involved in real-life camping is modeled in this game. For instance, you must WEAR WOOL SOCKS during cold weather to prevent frostbite; PACK and CARRY supplies (each of which has a weight, and you can overburden yourself); MAKE various survival tools from available raw material, such as HUT (possible if tree limbs are nearby), or even TRAP to catch wild game; BOIL WATER gathered from questionable sources (all food spoils at 65 degrees Fahrenheit); USE SPLINT to treat broken legs or arms; and navigate by the stars at night.
The list of options is virtually endless, and there are many random elements (storms, diseases etc.) that you must contend with. The game boasts a 300-word vocabulary, none of which is superfluous. The parser is robust enough to understand long sentences and respond appropriately.
Wilderness features "Panagraphics," a 3D graphics generating system that guarantees a new, random map each time you play. Those who prefer adventure games to realistic simulations can play in "Research Mode," in which you are no longer affected by burdensome parameters such as hunger, thirst, or illness.
Overall, Wilderness is a complex simulation that is guaranteed to teach you a few things about real-life survival adventure. It may seem "dry" to some, but for those who crave realism in their games, there's no better survival game on the market. Thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
How to play Wilderness: A Survival Adventure
To play the expansion packs (Bolivia, Burma, British Columbia, Chile, New Guinea), you have to rename the files : - Rename SIERRAS.CIM to oldSIERRAS.CIM - Rename BOLIVIA.CIM, BRCOLUM.CIM, BURMA.CIM, CHILE.CIM or NEWGUIN.CIM to SIERRAS.CIM - Launch the game, you will still see Sierra Nevada but the expansion pack you renamed will be used - Make a TopoMap to check you have to the good file displayed at the bottom of the screen
Thanks to kulik from bay12forums.
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latogato 2014-01-26 1 point DOS version
You can modify the game into a full version. In the wild.exe change the 0003167A. byte from 02 to 00 and the game will become a Global Explorer Edition. You can create and play on any map and you can restore your saved game.
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