The following game is rated D for Death Wish.
As such it should not be played unless you harbor one...or unless you like a game with an interesting story and an amazing soundtrack. The story centers around an old wizard who has journeyed to the ruins of an ancient city called Erinoch in search of Mordamir, his former teacher. Mordamir, however, has gone missing deep within the fabled Labyrinth of Eternity far beneath the ruined city. It's your task to find him, though as you progress deeper (always assuming you can survive the miriad perils of the labyrinth), you may discover that things are not as they appear on the surface. Gameplay wise this is your standard action/adventure game, but it's one of the most difficult that the NES ever produced. Aside from fighting off hoards of monsters, you also have to avoid all manner of traps as you explore the dungeon, the vast majority of which will kill you instantly. Of course you also have to be careful of regular enemies since healing is at a premium. Each level of the dungeon, and there are a total of seven, contains a straw bed on which you can rest to restore your health. You'll also have dreams that help to advance the story. The catchis that you can only use each bed once, so you'll need to use them wisely. Then of course you collect tons of items, all of which must be used at specific points. Using them at any other times will kill you instantly more often than not. The audio, and particularly the music, is where The Immortal really shines. I don't know who composed the music but he was an absolute genius. The music is extremely varied and incredibly atmospheric. Overall this is a excellent game that I feel is wel worth adding to any NES collection. Just don't expect it to be a cakewalk.
Reviewed by: Bryan Peterson from Twin Falls, Idaho on 3/2/2013