1. Getting Started.
There really isnTt a lot I can tell you about this game- itTs all pretty
are a few little tricks, though, that arenTt intuitive or spelled out in the
First, run SETUP.EXE. Choose Sound Off unless your sound card is on what the
author calls the
usual defaults of 330H, IRQ 2 and DMA 1. The address and DMA channel he gives
are indeed standard
default values for Sound Blaster sound cards and their clones, but they normally
come set for
IRQ 5. So, if you want sound youTll have to physically move or remove any device
using IRQ2, then (for a Sound Blaster 16 like I have) run their DIAGNOSE
program. It says 220H is
the default address. ThatTs OK. Later itTll show 330H as the default MPU MIDI
the one this game uses. Other sound cards might have to be physically jumpered
for these settings.
Make sure the address, interrupt (especially) and DMA do not conflict with any
other devices on
Note that SETUP will bomb during the video and mouse test if you don't have a
mouse and mouse
driver installed. It'll show an error in SETUP.EXE at address such-and-such, and
say hit any key
to return to system.
Setting up sound for this game is tricky. I never could get it to work on my
system, which is a
clone 486DX2/66 running Windows 95, with a Sound Blaster 16 and a double-speed
CD-ROM. I tried
setting up the sound card the way the game wanted then booting up to a DOS
prompt only, but still
get no sound. The author even admits that the sound setup isn't the best, and
promises to fix it
in his next game, Madman. So unless you're lucky you'll have to do without sound
Read the file README.TXT, then run WRAITH.EXE. View the introduction, then
choose Create a
Character. This is a new feature in the Ultizurk games. You can choose between
Ranger and Paladin, and between playing a man or woman. I chose to play a male
druid, due to my
Irish heritage and the fact that I am male. I don't know whether or not the type
affects the game, other than maybe in the stats you start with- a druid has
lower hit points but
higher mana than a warrior, I think. Since I ended up mostly fighting the
monsters using a ranged
weapon (boomerang) I would have been better off being a warrior.
It would be interesting to play the game as a woman character and see if the
dialogue between you
and the mermaid queen is any different that it was for me as a man. I started to
do so, and the
queen still called me "my love" and such. Hmmm...
I noticed that when I started as a druid I had a leather helm and a magic wand,
and as a warrior
I had a chain-mail helm, a kite shield and a sword. It's of little importance,
as the game allows
even a druid to wear any armor and use any weapons, and these items are to be
found all over in
the dungeons, especially at higher levels. (Note: I tried this after I wrote the
that says I don't know if the character type affects the game in any way besides
PLAYER INTERFACE AND STARTING OUT:
Next, select New Game. You'll come up in the main screen then go right to a
See info on Other Commands (Look and Talk) below.
You'll then come up in the main game screen. The player interface uses a
combination of mouse and
keyboard controls. As explained in README.TXT, the keys F, S and U control the
speed at which the
character moves when using the mouse to control movement. Move the cursor near
to the character
until it changes to a direction arrow., then hold down your left mouse button to
move. Move the
cursor around until the arrow changes directions to move the character another
can leave the mouse button held down while doing this if you want to.
You can also use the arrows on your numeric keypad (Num Lock on, please) to
This is handy for fine control, if you just want to move on space at a time for
Another key you'll use is the escape key, to exit from map mode back to the
regular game screen.
More on this later.
The icons are kind of self-explanatory. Your pack inventory is always visible.
The icons at the
bottom show a hand with something in it- this means USE an item. The empty hand
is used to GET
an item from the main screen and put it in your pack. The MAP icon displays an
overhead map of
the dungeon level that you're currently on. Red dots indicate monsters, a green
dot is you. The
diskette icon pulls up a menu of disk commands, which are activated by hitting
keys on your keyboard: S to save the game (you'll be prompted to hit Y to really
save, or N to
continue playing), L to load a saved game (if you chose new game by accident
from the main menu
and want to continue a game in progress instead), Q to quit to DOS and R to exit
the disk menu
and continue playing- in case you'd clicked the disk icon by mistake.
I kept mixing up the GET and USE hand icons. Get is the empty hand, USE is the
hand holding the
blue ball thingy.
If weapons or armor are in your pack you need to click on them with the left
mouse button, move
them to the appropriate location on your body (head, body, right hand and left
hand) then click
it again to put it there.
Once you've saved a game then exited back to DOS, you can choose to continue
playing the saved
game from the main game menu. You don't have to start a new game then reload
your saved one
from the disk menu, although you can do it this way.
Items such as food, tools (a fishing pole), herbs (clovers), weapons, armor and
scrolls are to
be found laying around all over. They aren't inside chests and aren't buried
stand next to them, click the GET icon then click on the item you want to pick
up.. To use an
item from your inventory, click the USE icon then click on the object. Weapons
and armor cannot
be used from your inventory, but other items can.
Scrolls can't be used from the main game screen- you have to pick them up and
use them from your
inventory. After a scroll's contents are displayed, click the left mouse button
to exit this view
and go back to the main game screen. This one had me stuck for awhile- I was
trying to hit enter
and escape, and ended up having to reboot my computer. I thought it was locking
up! I finally
figured out that clicking the mouse is what I needed to do. You have to use it
from within your
inventory in order to read it. If you want, you can write down what it says (or
just remember it)
or hit your Print Screen button to print it if you have a graphics-capable
printer, then drop
the scroll when you're through. You can do the same thing for your overhead map
of each dungeon
level if you want a hard copy of the maps. There isn't really any need for this,
you can display a map of each entire level anytime you want by clicking on the
If you're playing this from within Windows (not recommended by the author,
although I had no
trouble doing so using Windows 95) hitting Print Screen captures the current
screen to the
clipboard. You'll then need save then quit the game, and go open some other
piece of software
that will allow you to paste this screen capture- Windows Paint or Wordpad (or
do. Then print it from within that program.
You can drop items anywhere there is empty floor space next to you. You can't
drop something on
a dungeon wall, but you can on the regular dirt (or whatever) floor. You don't
need to be near a
tile floor or chest to drop items. You can even drop them on top of each other.
To drop an item
that's in your pack, just click on it then move it to an area on the floor next
to where you're
standing in the main game screen then click again. To pick it back up, click the
GET icon then
click on the object.
If you want to replace an item of armor that you're already wearing or a weapon
you have in your
hand with another one from your pack, you don't need to remove the old one
first. Just click on
the new one from your pack then click on the body location you want to move it
to. The old item
will automatically be moved to your pack.
OTHER COMMANDS (LOOK, TALK)
To look at an object either in the main screen or in your pack, click on it with
your right mouse
button. To talk to someone, just move up next to them. If they've anything to
say to you the
dialog screen will appear.
The character that you're talking to will be on the top half of the screen and
you'll be in the
lower half. Next to your picture will be a series of sentences with bullets to
the left of them.
Click on each of these, one at a time, and read what the character says in
reply. After you've
clicked on the last bullet item you'll be automatically returned to the main
Sometimes there might be a long pause when a character's dialogue is displayed,
Just wait- don't
click or hit enter or anything, or the next screenful of dialogue (if there is
one) will pop up
and disappear before you get a chance to read it.
To attack a monster just right-click on it. If you're not using a ranged weapon
you'll need to be
standing right next to the critter. Be alert: the monsters will move around
during combat so
you'll have to keep moving the mouse cursor accordingly, otherwise you'll miss
and they won't!
There are purple spiders, blue gazers that look like spiders but with short
red liches, blue nagas and white skeletal knights. I recommend avoiding them all
spiders, which are the easiest to kill, until you've increased in level enough
to have enough
hit points to last in combat with the others. You might want to tackle the lava
because they're next easiest to kill. I also recommend getting ahold of a