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Blood Scorpions

June 30th, 2006
Score : 9.5 exceptional
Peasant Male Romania
Chop your own wood, and it will warm you twice. 
The "Blood scorpions" by Simeon is a very good quest, but not an outstanding one(compared to "Cloud Castle 2" or "Initiation"). Still, it worths playing.

Story: 9.0
The game starts suddenly with Dink wanting to become a Servant of the Ancients. For this, he must pass some tests. Meanwile, he finds out about the three orbs that protected the town, and that they dissapeard. Right after completing the last test, the scorpions attack the town, so he must leave and find the orbs.

Gameplay: 9.9
Usually, when I play a DMOD, the beginig monsters are a bit strong for me, but after I played I while, get some potions, level-up several times, the gameplay becomes too easy. Well, this one is really, really balanced. Maybe a bit hard, especially if you're a beginer dinker, but still balanced. A good advice would be to focus on the defence when you level-up.

Map&Graphics: 10.0++
If there were possible to give a 20.0 for this, I'd give it. It looks absolutely great. Every screen is well-decorated. Not too many sprites, not to little, just enough for a great visual effect. The desert graphics are outstanding.

Scripts: 9.9
Simeon knows how to use DinkC, and he proved it in this DMOD. There are many cutscenes with Dink walking around several screens and some well-done puzzle. I didn't find any bugs.

Music: 9.5
Good music, most times fits the situations.

Style: 9.0
If you love scorpions, you're in the right place. There are so many of them... They're usually weak but fast. Did I mentioned there are so many? Even the end boss is just a scorpion(a bit stronger, still). It should at least throw some fireballs or something. The dialogs are well done and they're quite explicit.

Overall: 9.5
As I sad before, quite good but not outstanding.