White Feather Cloak

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Another obscure GTW title this time, mentioned on page 55 of Zzap 64 issue 32 in the PCW show report article. This was listed under Ariolasoft and is briefly described as a single release – a graphic adventure based on a poem/book series. Some sources suggest that Marc (Mark?) Pierson was behind a poem of which was named White Feather Cloak (Of which this game was based). Other sources suggest that the game was to also be the first part of a 3 part game series – though confirmation needed on this.

Marc Pierson was someone apparently working at Beyond Software at the time and was initially linked as a developer on the game, but the game was unconnected to Beyond. It was to be published by Ariolasoft. The game was being done in conjunction with publisher Dorling Kindersley. One magazine described the game in more detail as being an educational adventure, with text written as rhyming couplets.

It is believed that the game was finished, but Ariolasoft decided that the release was not profitable enough and pulled out. The game remained unreleased.

However, the game eventually got released on the ZX Spectrum by Zenobi Software in 1992 for as little as £1.99. The title was written in PAWS (Though it is suggested that actually it was written using a combination of ‘The Quill’, ‘The Illustrator’ and ‘The Patch’.) by the girls of St Brides. Apparently according to Zenobi, there was a limited release by G.I Games, but eventually Zenobi picked it up and released it. When asked about a C64 version, the guys at Zenobi were not aware of one as they only dealt with ZX Spectrum games.

So what of the C64 game?… Who was behind it?…. Where is it now? … A lot more now known about the game itself, but still we hunt for details of developers and something of the game itself.

Do you know any more about this game?

Contributions: Zenobi Software, Richard Hewison, Steve Brown, World of Spectrum

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