October 17, 2012 5:00 AM | Konstantinos Dimopoulos / Gnome
Zenobi has been a truly independent text adventure developer and publisher that has miraculously survived for over 20 years now, as any ZX Spectrum -and, indeed, Atari ST- adventurer will most probably tell you. Though it hasn't published a game in over 10 years, it is still offering its dozens of classic games on a DVD packed with interactive fiction, graphic adventures, one action game, scans of reviews and every emulator you could ask for. Quite a departure from tapes and disks apparently, and, what's more, its brave founder and creator of brilliantly surreal fantasy adventures, the Balrog, is still at the company's helm, and, incredibly, back to designing games too!
Yes, it's very much true! There's a new Zenobi text adventure available and it has been coded by the Balrog himself: Behind Closed Doors 5. The game was created with Twine and is thus a point-and-click, choose-your-own-adventure type of affair, that brilliantly continues the proud tradition of the Behind Closed Doors series that began back in 1988. It is thus an elaborate, humorous, fantasy, toilet-centered affair and a tribute to Zenobi Software. Oh, and there are some actual puzzles in there too.