Dante’s Inferno by Beyond / Denton Designs

dantesinfernogamePublisher: Beyond
Developer: Denton Designs
Release Date: 1986
Code: Unknown
GFX: Karen Davies, Stuart Fotheringham
Music: Fred Gray
ZZAP64 Game Rating: 66%
Our Game Rating: 76%
Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

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> CLICK HERE to view the YouTube ending video
Dante’s Inferno is a creepy game that is based on one of the most famous pieces of world literature – The Divine Comedy, which was written hundreds of years ago. You have to guide the main character through hell and purgatory to reach paradise, collecting items on the way to solve simple puzzles as you progress through the rings of hell, before confronting the devil itself. It’s not a bad little game, with a few simple puzzles to solve. The graphics and sound are okay for the time, and it’s not too difficult either…
Devil: “Has anyone seen my legs?”
Night, night… The End.
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Using a solution I found on the internet and a few saved games.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?: One you get past the devil at the end, you get to see the main character back on earth with the moon and stars above him. A message reading ‘SEE ONCE MORE THE STARS‘ scrolls across the bottom as a short tune plays. The game then ends.
Neil: It was a relief to see the end, but it wasn’t spectacular. 4/10.
Vinny: ‘See once more, the stars’… I’m sure that’s a quote from Doctor Who! Anyway – a great game that was slated by ZZAP!64 magazine. I actually like the exploration side of it and think it makes a great game for 1986.
As for the ending… really; is THAT it?! I was expecting so much more from Denton Designs 😦 4/10 from me.
Brendan: Maybe the ending is to do with this from Dante Alighieri’s Inferno
“To get back up to the shining world from there
My guide and I went into that hidden tunnel,
And Following its path, we took no care
To rest, but climbed: he first, then I-so far,
through a round aperture I saw appear
Some of the beautiful things that Heaven bears,
Where we came forth, and once more saw the stars.”
Given this, the ending is a little bit more impressive as it’s how the poem ends. Some thought has actually gone into it. It’s not great by any means, but shows they understood the subject matter a little bit.
Andy Vasiey: Didn’t like the game, but the ending is OK I guess.
FINAL SAY: Not bad. I was just glad to get out of hell.

G.E. RATING: 4 / 10

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One Response to Dante’s Inferno by Beyond / Denton Designs

  1. E. Burns says:

    Faithful to its source, anyway, though not quite reward enough for such a tricky (though very original) game.


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