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The Hulk

DOS - 1984

Also available on: Atari 8-bit - BBC Micro - Commodore 64 - Electron

Alt names Questprobe featuring The Hulk, Questprobe-One, The Incredible Hulk
Year 1984
Platform DOS
Released in United States
Genre Adventure
Theme Interactive Fiction, Licensed Title
Publisher Load'N'Go Software
Developer Adventure International
Perspectives Text-based / Spreadsheet, Fixed / Flip-screen
4.55 / 5 - 22 votes

Description of The Hulk

The Hulk is a disappointing first instalment of the Questprobe series from Adventure International, which was produced in collaboration with Marvel Comics. Despite a 'Difficulty level: Moderate' tag on the box, the game is not only very easy, but easy in the most stupid way a game can get.

The game starts with you, The Hulk's human alter ego Bruce Banner, tied to a chair. After an easy escape (well, at least easy for anyone who has read the comics), you learn that the goal if this game is to locate all the gems and find somewhere to store them. Yes-- this is another sad, superhero-turned-pointless-gem-hunter kind of game.

Although the game does try very hard to immerse you in The Hulk's world, nothing aside from the well-drawn graphics ever did the job. The worst offense is the parser, which you'd swear is dumber than a rock. It understands very little other than "LOOK," and puzzles are more boring than they are worth.

The appearances of well-known bad guys such as the Chief Examiner and Ant-Man are wasted by poor writing and pointless dialogs. The game does try to help: typing HELP is supposed to give you clues, but most of the time you'll be greeted with annoying "SORRY I CAN'T DO THAT BUT ASK FOR A SCOTT ADAMS HINT BOOK AT YOUR FAVORITE STORE!" response.

My biggest gripe with the game is the repetitiveness that sets in after you know your objective. As you move around collecting gems, each of the three domes becomes indistinguishable as they are represented by the same graphic! Worse, you must follow the same painstaking, pointless routine to leave each dome.

This is a very disappointing game, especially considering that Scott Adams' other games are quite good. A horrible waste of a good license-- steer clear by all means.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Sorel 2023-06-10 2 points

Bro,
Say what you want about this game,
But when we got it back in the 80s it was the most incredible gift.
Word - Interaction with a game for the first time ever.
You just have no idea!

muffin 2019-05-04 1 point

if someone wants I can help to win the game
I have it memorized

Mr Vampire 2019-02-17 0 point Commodore 64 version

Unfortunately I remember losing interest in this adventure game, even though I played several others around that time in the mid 80's.

Joe 2017-11-26 -1 point

apple][ version

RRW 2017-09-25 0 point DOS version

Thank you for the review of this game. I do remember playing this for like 10 mins at a friends place back in the 80's. I loved the Hulk comic books, so I was wanted to give it a try. That is all I remember so seeing it here I thought, Great, Now I can really check it out. But after reading your description, I'll pass. Thanks for keeping me from wasting my time on it.

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