Abandonware DOS title

The Pawn

The Pawn is an abandoned adventure game designed by Robert Steggles, developed by Magnetic Scrolls and released by Rainbird Software in 1986. The Pawn runs on DOS.
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The Pawn review

CVG Magazine (1986): "If The Pawn is to be the first of a series, and the series is produced with no alterations to text or parser for the more popular micros, then it will not be long before the standard of software demanded by adventure players will rocket. No longer will it be viable to knock out a quick cheap-and-nasty on The Quill. People will be more willing to pay about £20 for something to which they will thrill rather than waste a fiver on a sparse screen offering little for the imagination to bite on. The Pawn is so good that to compare it in the same category as many of the adventures currently on the market is to do it a gross injustice. Good luck to Magnetic Scrolls and Rainbird in their bid to raise standards. They deserve it."

Collector's corner:

The package included: a novella "A tale of Kerovnia" by G. Sinclair (including a map), The Pawn poster, various manuals: a guide, gameplay, bug sheet.

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Additional info about The Pawn

Status: abandonware
Input: keyboard
Distributed on: 5,25 floppy disk
Abandonware DOS views: 10501
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  • YOU 05/07/2016 06:30
    It seems like an Android port of DOSBox would meet your request. A quick search just turned up quite a few folk who have written their own ports of DOSBox for Android. It looks like DOSBox Turbo is one of the more popular ones, but I've never actually used any of them.
  • ME 24/06/2015 00:00
    Why is there no android interpreter for these games? Legal issues? Lack of interest? Have a lot of these games and played them on the PC, but you can't carry a desktop PC around like a tablet!
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