Yeah, this one's pretty old. In fact it's about as old as they come for RPGs. Akalabeth! World of Doom!! eventually became known as Ultima 0, because it's the immediate predecessor to the legendary Ultima series, also made by Lord British (aka Richard Garriott.) So it's the foundation to one of the foundations of the entire genre.
There's no mouse pointer or cursor, I have to press the first letter of an item to purchase it. I decided to take a rapier, then spent the rest of the cash on food. Just to be on the safe side.
81 STEPS LATER.
Every step I take costs me one unit of food, and even if I find my dungeon full of treasure I'll need enough food left in the tank to get me back to town afterwards for a refill. I'm not feeling optimistic.
59 STEPS LATER.
But hey, invoking
LATER, INSIDE AN ACTUAL DUNGEON.
It turned out that X marks the dungeons on the world map, so I'd actually walked right past one earlier without even realising. But the world seems to be randomly generated each time I start a new game, so I had to stumble across a new X to plunder this time.
CHEST! Hmm, I think my next command will be to step forward and collect my prize.
And the treasure turned out to be 1 gold and a magic amulet I can't use or sell. There's nothing else even in this dungeon, so I'm going to have to make it back to the world map and find another dungeon before my 72.2 food runs out. At least my gluttonous hero only munches through .1 of a food each step while he's inside a dungeon.
Well maybe 'fast' was the wrong word. Nothing's fast in this game. It takes forever just to walk down a corridor.
Huh, what do you mean "which weapon"? Perhaps you could try the only one I'm holding. Okay fine, what was it I bought at the shop? It was a type of sword. Oh right, I'll press 'r' for rapier.
Excellent, I've made a single attack. The blocky orc makes his move, and then the command prompt comes back up again. Now I've got to repeat that every turn, until either I kill it or my dude keels over from hunger.
Back to the dungeon then.
BACK AT THE DUNGEON.
Okay should I go through the door to the left, or around the corner to the right? Actually I feel like doing something wild and spontaneous, so I'm going to spin around and go backwards.
AROUND 50 STEPS LATER.
Maybe there's more than one ladder leading back up to level 1.
So I'm still trapped, only now I have less food, less health, and no weapons.
Oh shit, is that an orc coming at me now?
And then he got the lucky shot and put my hero out of his misery. Though at least I can spell 'resurrection' correctly, so I have the final laugh. HAH.
Man, I'm a terrible hero.