inXile’s “Hunted: The Demon’s Forge” wasn’t a bad game. Brian Fargo, inXile’s head honcho and old school CRPG dungeon master, wanted the game to bring players back to the days of crawling through the unknown. But what I didn’t know was that the title was also be a throwback to one of his earliest efforts: a text-based graphic adventure for the Apple II called “The Demon’s Forge”.
The game was first published in ’81 by Saber Software and then republished much later in ’87 by Mastertronic without any improvements other than as a port.
Heavyweights such as Sierra On-Line and Activision (surprised?) were already deep into exploring graphics adventures by that point with far better results. It also wouldn’t be the last time Brian Fargo would dabble in graphics adventures, later working on titles such as the 1930’s gumshoe thriller, Borrowed Time, and the quirky Tass Times in Tonetown.
So here’s the ad for what helped to start his journey – The Demon’s Forge. As usual, ads from this far back were light on the screenshots but heavy on the often incredible art.