Simon reviews NP:LTS

Simon is a self confessed misadventurer, taking the odd events in his life and sharing them. He tells people he is old enough to know better, but this doesn’t seem to stop him blogging about it.

From first seeing the map of “The North 2065”, the title emblazoned on a pie, I knew I was in for something special. Northern Powerhouse: Last Towns Standing is evocative of the text adventures of my youth. Echoes of The Hobbit, Zork, and the HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy sprung to mind as I embarked on my quest.

Watching out for technology dead zones, robots, and the impenetrable Pennines. I set out to investigate the future as imagined by the youth of Wigan, Burnley and Hull.

Making my bold (or was that foolish?) choice to start in Wigan, I felt a warm nostalgic glow set in as I saw the Ceefax/Oracle graphics. Happily, I set out to explore this brave new world.
Uncle Joe teletextThe game quickly presents its sense of humour, on finding a forest, the description is:

You’re in a dense forest.

It is dense.

And leafy.

The only paths open are to the north, south, east and west.

The dry sense of humour appeals to me, I miss games with a sense of sarcastic humour. Northern Powerhouse wears its sense of humour proudly, it happily makes jokes and has its tongue planted firmly in its cheek.

Leaving Wigan for a while, I decided to explore the east coast and visit Hull. Hull is a different experience altogether, the story style changes, and I am in an educational establishment of the future. I find myself curious about this new place and what it all means.

Several hours pass, and I emerge blinking from the Northern Powerhouse of 2065. I like to think that by playing the epic text adventure my 94-year-old robot self will be equipped to comprehend the brave new world!

Revisiting the world of text adventures and interactive fiction through Northern Powerhouse has been a wonderfully retro-futuristic nostalgic trip! The creativity of the game’s authors shines through. They’ve taken to the technology and made it their own, as soon as I’ve finished my review I shall be heading back in there!

Waste no time, seize the opportunity to visit the world of 50 years hence, it’s a fantastic and fascinating place, just watch out for those pesky robots!

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