Video Game: Young Merlin

A Zelda-styled video game. Released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1994, Young Merlin showed the titular Arthurian icon as a blonde-beefcake in his younger years. As the game begins, Merlin spies a woman drowning in a river near his home to which he plunges in after her only to be swept into a mysterious land overrun by the Shadow King and his army of cussing David the Gnome look-alikes that tend to join together to create other monsters.

Along the way, Merlin enlists the aid of the Lady of the Lake, gets items of power, meets friendly characters, traverses dungeons, and, yes, he skates on a minecart or two (or three... ).

The game's dialogue is carried out by odd noises, gestures, and pictographs - so no reading's involved.

The game was developed by Westwood Studios and published by Virgin Interactive. Frank Klepacki composed the music.

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