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Rise of the Goblins (The)

The goblins, just before their rise. From the COTPATD project.
November 23rd, 2008
Score : 7.5 good
While it may be full of bugs and glitches, it makes up for it by being funny, and fun to play.

There’s a good storyline, which is nice to have. Lots of cut scenes, some of them very funny! My personal favourite is when Butterhead is behind the castle with his knights just before the big goblin attack. By the way, I love that name: George Sylvester Hubert Sebastian Butterhead!

Fighting is not so hard, mainly because there’s loads of powerups lying around.
Music’s nice and always seems to fit the situation.

Sadly there is also a lot of bad stuff. Long cut scenes are all very well but it’s frustrating not to be able to skip text by pressing space.
There are some weird glitches to do with the background scenery (tiles). Cliffs disappear and reappear, screens jump around, and snow keeps turning up for some reason. These are the most noticable problems, just load a game and they go away for a while though.
The buttons on the title screen are very hard to see because of their colour.
A couple of times you remain frozen after speaking to someone, for example, if you say no when talking to the healing lady in King Christian’s castle.

Some of Skull’s or Jamiel’s previous D-Mods haven’t been so good judging by their reviews (I haven’t played them), but this one’s well worth a look! If the bugs were cleaned out, the map tweaked (eg, the caves - boring), and perhaps the English fixed up, this could be among the best of the quest size D-Mods IMHO.
December 16th, 2007
Score : 7.1 good
Bard He/Him Netherlands
I object 
After releasing about half a dozen really bad DMODs I had little faith in the legend factory's ability to create anything worthwhile. So I started up the DMOD with low expectations, but it pleasantly surprised me. For a start, it is not to short. In fact it keeps you playing for about an hour.

The story is about a predicted goblin leader who will lead a rebellion against the humans. You play Dink Smallwood and you have to stop him. This seemingly really boring plot actually is well thought of and has a few interesting twists. Though the story is still told way to quickly. It would have been more suited for an epic than a one hour quest. This plot is primarily driven by the many long cutscenes that this DMOD has. In fact this DMOD leans more on cutscenes than any DMOD I have played before. (Except maybe ABCDEF... but that's a story on its own...)

The main problem with these cutscenes is that they are really the only thing that drives the story. In short you only play occasionally to beat another endboss standing between you and another cutscene. During the short periods between cutscenes your primary tasks are fighting and collecting power-ups. This DMOD doesn't really require much brainpower.

The bosses you are going to beat have a pretty straightforward design. They are just the familiar ones made faster. Normally I wouldn't bother that much, but since fighting is the primary activity in this DMOD it is a bit boring. Especially as fighting these enemies seems to involve a lot of luck.

On the positive side this DMOD doesn't have many bugs. There is a really annoying one already mentioned in the readme, but besides that I haven't encountered many bugs. The quality of the cutscenes is good, though there are a few spelling/grammar errors.

All in all, I quite enjoyed this DMOD. So if you're looking for a quest with a lot of storytelling this may just be the DMOD for you.
June 22nd, 2014
Score : 5.0 fair
Peasant He/Him Australia
(Tag Line) How long is this line. 
Ok first the positives
-The skinny looking king was done nicely

-Potions and hearts are awkwardly placed EVERYWHERE
-Copycat soundtrack from CC2 most notably
-Boring and lame combat its extremely tedious
-This D-mod was just full of annoying cutscenes
-Mapping is average at best
-Hardness errors

Overall I Wouldnt say its a bad D-mod just medicore.
Do I recommend it?
Well that depends If your feeling a lazy and what something just to kill time yeah sure go ahead but if you want a proper adventure I suggest you look elsewhere.