You're going to have to be brave and fearless now. You're going to need reserves and courage you didn't know you had. Because, as you cautiously break open the box of Trial By Fire, lurking inside are a total of eight disks.
Yes, it's a big adventure in the traditional Sierra manner. This means that you move your character around the screen (and around your world) using the cursor keys or mouse, examining things by clicking and occasionally typing in other commands as and when you need them. Gradually you should gain enough information to enable you to embark upon a large dangerous quest.
The Sierra system is designed to be flexible: you can ask about everything, visit every location and spend ages investigating blind alleys all because of the (very high) level of detail throughout the game. It contains much that appears extraneous to the quest you're embarking on, but makes all the difference when you're playing. All the locations have 3D graphical representations and you'll need to look carefully at everything because many of the clues are visual. The cities in the game are well populated by various breeds, and you can converse or trade with any of them.
A cosy Eastern atmosphere is engendered by the game, and after playing it for a while you'll realise how much thought and love has actually gone into the crafting of it. Its major strength lies in the solidity of the ideas and the level of detail. Smaller sub-sections like the combat resolution don't seem quite the same level of quality, although they work very well and maintain the feel of the rest of the game.
Trial by disk
If you love to immerse yourself in alternative realities of this magnitude, you will find Trial By Fire may well spirit you away for weeks on end. It's a mappers dream and, if you're into the genre (and can put up with the rife American middle
With eight disks, you'd expect a lot of detail and a lot of well thought-out gameplay. It's certainly here, but there's a heavy cost to bear.
Unless you have eight disk drives or an absolute huge hard drive your arm will begin to ache from changing disks. Your beard will grow long and grey and the seasons will also roll by unnoticed as you wait for the sections to load and reload.
On screen movement and action isn't exactly fast anyway, and until you get used to controlling your character it all feels like a clumsy slow-