The Dink Network

Blood Scorpions

August 16th, 2003
Score : 8.5 good
Peasant Male Australia
This is a good DMOD, even though it is a bit easy, and slightly repetative.

The best thing about it is the map design. There is great use of graphics from other dmods (some of them mine (scorpions[yellow, brown, red], cactii, crystals, red walls and church, glowing orbs, stonehenge blocks, mounds of skulls), some from others (modified desert tiles, necklaces, orbs, sunflowers, redink's new trees), or graphic packs (dink's club - this I didn't like as it didn't look like Dink actually held the club, although the club's movement was good)).

The desert is great, as it is a mixture of dry wasteland and these bountiful trees, all due to the magic of the place.

The biggest let down with the map is I didn't think there was enough interaction with some of the more colourful objects. As Redink pointed out not all things need scripts attached, but I would've put something on the graves (inscriptions) on the big war machines, some of the potion shelves and bookcases. And when was the library meant to be open? Maybe I should've checked more often, but I got tired of hearing the same response. If I get the same response more than 3 times I usually give up at the 5th or 6th time.

The gameplay is pretty well rock solid, but gets somewhat repetative. Even I get tired of just killing scorpions over and over again.

I didn't find any secrets as such.

You can't buy more weapons or health elixirs which I didn't like.

The only magic I got was fireball (maybe there was something in a secret that I didn't find, but no-one spoke of it, or dropped a clue about it which is always nice if there was such an area).

No bugs as such, although at one point Dink stopped obeying my key commands and kept trying to push the stonehenge blocks for about a minute - then he came good again.

Music - most of it annoyed me. I hate music that is just comprised of bad pop songs, if there was other music than this it got lost in the "gloria" and other crap I had to put up with.

Overall puzzle - a bit too easy, even with no clue about it as such at the puzzle itself (or even a command saying "Use the glowing orbs to enter the Scorpion Palace" - this little missing detail annoyed me) but if you explore a little bit you find all you need.

Overall 8.5 out of 10. Give it a go - if for the beautiful map work if for nothing else. It's great to walk around a new world that is well created.