Tristan and Isolde is a
retelling of the legendary romance using the ACK game engine.
Written in DOS by Chris
Hopkins, and now played on an emulator, ACK was first created in the early
used to design tile-based RPGs like Ultima IV and V. Despite being developed
in the US, many of these games were given medieval fantasy settings that
were inspired by British and European legends. (Richard Garriott the
original game designer, for example, took the nom de plume of 'Lord
British'). Tristan and Isolde is
therefore partly an attempt
return the genre to its origins.
It is also an investigation
of the ways in which technology affects our
experience of space and time. In a playful recognition of this Tristan is able to
visit Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty (situated in the game to the North East
of the game map).
Being set in the Celtic
Kingdoms of Cornwall, Ireland and Brittany, Tristan and Isolde is also
reminder of a time when the known world was smaller and had a different
Whilst the music is borrowed
from Ultima III and IV, Tristan and Isolde uses graphics and programming
made over a period of months especially for it.
At the moment 'Tristan and
Isolde' game can only be played on PC, and is available as a free download from
a number of sites on the internet, as well as by clicking the link below.
Tristan and Isolde 8.6mb