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Imogen

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Released: 1986

Genre: Adventure

Format reviewed: BBC Micro

Publisher: Micro Power

Submitted by: Mat Corne

You’d be forgiven for thinking Imogen began life on the ZX Spectrum upon seeing the high-res monochrome graphics, but it certainly originated on the Beeb and as far as I’m aware it never made it to another system until Ovine’s PC remake some 20 years later.

Imogen is a wizard that has been trapped a series of caves. Each cave contains a number of puzzles to be solved, with the eventual aim to collect a ‘spell’ that is then used to transport you to the next cave. In wizard form Imogen can move, jump small distances and use any collected items. But the wizard can also transform in a monkey to climb ropes, and a cat to jump larger distances. In each cave you have a limited number of transformations and must use your three forms wisely to solve the puzzles and complete the level.

Despite the lack of colour, the graphics are some of the most beautiful to ever grace the BBC with many endearing characters – the drooling dog is one of my favourites! The visuals are matched by superb animation, an excellent control mechanism and some fiendish puzzles, making this one of the greatest of all Beeb games.