Review of "The Curse of Dragon Shrine"

The Curse of DragonShrine is an ADRIFT 4 interactive fiction game and is © 2004 by Dana Crane.

Review by David Welbourn (originally posted at Baf's Guide)

Unjustly accused of the disappearance of one Jenny O'Brian, you are hounded into seeking refuge inside a deserted castle. Once safely past the opening puzzle, a ghost appears to give some confusing exposition and set you on your task: to break the curse of the Dragon Shrine.

The puzzles themselves are not very difficult, but the coding is a bit buggy, and the various pieces of background material about the curse and magic involved is very contrived and convoluted. It's best to ignore all the contradictions and simply follow the instructions as best you can.

Two more points. One, the gallery of paintings is a nice touch and acts as a guide of sorts. Two, although there's plenty of dragon statues in the game, no actual dragons appear, which I found disappointing.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

✍️🏻 See my handwritten notes.