Gateway To Apshai is a game originally released for home computers and then ported to the ColecoVision. It is an action-oriented prequel to Temple Of Apshai.
The player is initially armed with a dagger and clad in leather armor. As play progresses, he or she obtains new weapons, armor, potions, eye glasses, and scrolls containing magical spells. Various enemies, ranging from simple rats and snakes to giants, inhabit the dungeon. The player must kill them with weapons or magical spells.
The levels become progressively harder to survive as the player descends deeper and deeper into the dungeon. Each dungeon is covered in complete darkness that illuminates as the dungeon rooms and corridors are explored. The Gateway consists of 8 levels, each consisting of 16 dungeons, each consisting of 60 rooms, for a total of 7680 rooms.
You get approximately six and a half minutes to explore each level. Once the time passes, if you are still alive, you are advanced to the next deeper level.
Prior to this game's release on the ColecoVision, Coleco was working on an adaptation of the role-playing game Tunnels & Trolls, but apart from an animated title screen demo, it was never completed or released.
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