Fairlight: A Prelude by The Edge


fairlight_-_a_prelude_01Publisher: The Edge
Developer: The Edge
Release Date: 1986
Code: Trevor Inns
GFX: Unknown
Music: Mike Alsop
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 90%
Our Game Rating: 83%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

> CLICK HERE to Download emu file
> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video

Unfortunately, the original commercial release of Fairlight contained a serious bug that meant you wasn’t able to complete the game! I didn’t own this game back in the day, but I would have been very annoyed if I had paid for it – only to find that the bug only allows you to get so far. Fortunately, a version exists where the bug has been corrected, so that you can complete it.

The aim of the game is to free the wizard and escape from the castle. The bug lies in the tower where one of the three wraiths should be killed using a potion – but he does not die in the original version. Anyway – I finally managed to get to the end…
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A door…
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…which appears to be a pain to open!
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FINALLY!
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The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using an infinite energy cheat and a solution which I found online.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:  After finding all three potions, killing all three wraiths, finding the final key and making my way to the exit, the game was complete. A message appears to tell you of your success (in bad English), and that your journey continues in the second Fairlight game – which was never made on the C64. A ‘GAME OVER’ message then takes you back to the title page.
COMMENTS:
Neil: Very poor indeed. I suppose a second chapter was intended, but it was never made. 2/10.
Vinny: I just never seemed to get this game. I mean – ZZAP!64 scored it 90% and my school mates used to rave about this game, but I just couldn’t see the attraction. What was I missing?!? Maybe it was the fact that the original release couldn’t be complete? Who knows.
A classic game with a very disappointing ending 😦 1/10 from me.
FINAL SAY: A short, yet enjoyable game. Shame it was ruined by a silly bug and an inadequate ending.

G.E. RATING: 1.5 / 10

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One Response to Fairlight: A Prelude by The Edge

  1. Jari says:

    @Neil: The second chapter was indeed made, just not for the C64. Only Spectrum and Amstrad. http://www.worldofspectrum.org/infoseekid.cgi?id=0001715

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