Obitus is a gripping combination of RPG and arcade action. It places you in the role of
Wil Mason as he finds himself mysteriously transported to Middlemere: a world of knights,
trolls, dungeons, castles, wizards, princesses... and death. This world, although not his
own, is disturbingly familiar, and it is one from which he must escape.
As Mason explores the four shires of Middlemere, he interacts with indigenous
characters and objects in an effort to discover where he is and how he can get out.
THE LAND THAT TIME REMEMBERED
Middlemere was a prosperous land. It thrived under the rule of King Cirkassia, its
people were happy and everything in the garden seemed rosy. But even though the king was
pleased with his empire and for his subjects, he was not a happy man. He craved children;
an heir to his throne, someone to watch over the kingdom he had so proudly built and
skilfully cultivated. Unfortunately, he coveted a son so badly that it was to be the
undoing of his prosperous dynasty:
Deep in the bowels of Castle Drakehurst, DomaKk the dark wizard worked his wicked ways.
He hated to see a thriving land and so plotted to bring King Cirkassia's domain crashing
down. The news that the king craved children was just the opportunity DomaKk had been
waiting for. He visited the king in the guise of a human being and most loyal subject,
and, spouting incantations around the throneroom, promised Cirkassia a wife and heirs. The
king was dubious but at the same time joyfully expectant. DomaKk kept his wicked word and
he 'fashioned' a romantic encounter for the king. The ensuing marriage was a spectacular
affair the like of which Middlemere had never seen before.
Cirkassia became the proud father of four sons. However, as the boys grew, the envious
trait evoked into them by DomaKk grew also. They learned to hate one another. In fact they
detested each other so much that when eventually the king passed away the brothers began
warring for possession of the land. None gained from the conflict and Middlemere was torn
asunder, poverty and degradation was the result. The war continued for years, there seemed
no end in sight. Meanwhile, DomaKk smiled and left for another temporal plane in which to
Then, one day, as if by magic, a strange contraption appeared in the exact centre of
Middlemere. Dread of the strange machine quickly spread and the four warloards cowered in
their castles for fear of retribution. But nothing happened, the machine merely existed.
Eventually the more learned of the land realized the machine was no threat, in fact the
warlords themselves saw the potential in it.
Individually the four brothers visited the machine and took parts of it away. Each now
in possession of a section of the machine, they discovered that ruling became easier as
their subjects were so afraid of the strange contraption: those who held it, held power.
Soon the warring ceased and a truce was signed. The remains of the machine were
securely stored and the lords divided Middlemere equally into four shires. They were
suddenly and strangely content to rule one quarter of the land each, although the shires
remained heavily patrolled... just in case.
A RAINY NIGHT IN MIDDLEMERE
Wil Mason cruises safely through the winding roads of Middlemere towards home. Night
driving in the country is so much easier than in suburbia. Street lights dazzle and neons
give him a headache, out here there's nothing to worry about but foxes and the odd
This rain doesn't help much though. He tries to remember the last time it was so heavy.
His first and last holiday in Snowdonia probably, it's always chucking it down there.
His Volvo Estate is built for safety. Perhaps it is this sense of security together
with his deep thoughts and the poor visibility that Wil fails to notice the branch in the
road until the last minute. Snapping out of his musings, Wil overreacts and swerves madly
to avoid hitting the branch... he succeeds and careens into a ditch.
Slightly stunned, Mason quells a burst of anger as he attempts to restart his seemingly
undamaged vehicle and fails. For some minutes he continues to turn the key only to hear a
progressively less healthy battery struggling to bring the engine to life.
Accepting the inevitable, Wil grabs his mac from the back seat and struggles to put it
on. Slapping his hat on his head he leaves the relative comfort of his car to face the now
Knowing much of things historic and nothing of mechanics, Wil doesn't even consider
opening the bonnet but instead heads off in to the darkness to find help. Spending the
night in his car does not appeal.
Wil splashes along the road for some twenty minutes. There is no sign of life, no sound
but for the wind and rain. Then, off the road to his left he sees a flickering light.
Scrambling over the fence he heads towards it. Strangely the light gets no nearer. Cold
and wet, Wil considers turning back for the road when he comes across a crumbling
Curiosity takes him closer. The building is a tower, a very old one that, due to decay,
has lost some of its height. Four doors lead in to the tower, one of which is ajar. Wil
Closing the door behind him Wil finds himself in a surprisingly cosy, circular room
with, thankfully, a watertight ceiling.
Removing his sodden mac, he sits on the dry floor and assesses his situation. The sound
of the wind and the rain is pleasant from within the sanctuary of the tower... a wave of
tiredness flows over Wil. Sleep soon follows.
He wakes to the sound of birds. The rain has stopped. Looking around he is surprised to
find his mac... gone! In fact his whole attire has changed. His surroundings look the
same, a little cleaner perhaps and the four doors look less worm ridden, but he's
definitely still in the same tower. An attempt to open the doors confirms his worst fears:
all four are jammed... or locked!
Puzzlement, concern then panic washes over Wil as he shouts at the tower and attacks
the four doors in an attempt to escape. Eventually, worn out, he sits and thinks... sleep
Wil has no idea how long he slept but he wakes with a resolve to discover what's
happened to him, where he is and how he can get home. The first thing to do is get out of
this damn tower...
Is that a key on the floor?
You are Wil Mason. Your objective is to learn of your whereabouts, discover a way
through Middlemere and find your way home. It won't be easy - but with a little effort you
should (eventually) achieve success. Good luck!
AN INTRODUCTION TO MIDDLEMERE
The world of Middlemere is a strange and frightening place - but if you're planning to
get out alive, you'll have to become familiar with its ways. The first thing to remember
is that you're in charge. Wherever you go, whoever you meet, you're the one who decides
what happens next. Interaction with the characters and objects on screen is the key - as
long as you're prepared to take the time to explore this world thoroughly and scrutinize
everything you find, you shouldn't have any difficulties. Remember to take it slowly - if
you rush about you might miss something vital early on and that could jeopardize your
chances in the future. Should you encounter any friendly- looking locals along the way,
don't be too proud to simply stop and have a chat...
As you make your way through the land of Middlemere, you'll encounter three different
types of scenario (see below), each of which needs to be tackled in a slightly different
way. If at any time you're unsure about what to do next, don't panic - simply consult the
appropriate section in the guide. It contains all the information you need.
The game has many maze sections which utilise incredibly smooth forward-scrolling
techniques to portray your first-person-perspective movement. Items and characters
encountered in these sections are interacted with via the icons at the base of the screen.
You run left or right across amazingly detailed parallax screens, shooting - with
selected weapon - or avoiding adversaries bent on preventing your progress. Beware, for
they conceal themselves.
A combination of the above two sections, Interiors enable you to explore castles,
abbeys and churches during your quest for escape. Interaction with characters is possible
either via the icons at the base of the screen or by using whatever you're currently
For more information about playing each of these sections, consult the instructions
These are places you'll have to use all your initiative: dark forests, sinister mines
and gloomy dungeons. Look where you're going, try to keep a record of your movements and
investigate everything and everyone you see. If you're thorough, you're bound to reap the
THE MAIN SCREEN
Exploration, mystery, battle, conversation - this is where all the real action occurs,
and the main window shows it all as it happens from your personal viewpoint. To interact
with the characters and objects it displays, simply click on them using the mouse.
This is the part of the screen which provides all the most essential information
(including your inventory and compass) and from which most of your actions are controlled.
These are the controls which enable you to specify how you want to interact with people
and items on the screen. To performs a command, simply click on the appropriate icon using
the ahdn-shaped pointer controlled by the mouse.
EAT: To maintain your levels of personal energy, you'll need a steady supply of food.
Make sure the item you wish to consume is in the inventory window, click on EAT, then on
PICK: Enables you to collect items from the ground. Click first on the icon, then on
the object in the main window you wish to pick up. The item is automatically added to your
DROP: Allows you to drop any objects in your possession on the main screen. Scroll
through your inventory until the object is displayed in the inventory window, click on
DROP, then on the area of the screen in which you wish the object to be placed.
TALK: Middlemere is full of characters ready and willing to give useful advice. Click
once on the TALK icon, then on the person with whom you wish to speak. If he or she has
anything to say, it will be displayed in the lower window.
USE: Frequently you'll find a use for one of the items in your inventory. Scroll
through the inventory using the scroll arrows until the object is displayed in the
inventory window. Select USE, then click on the area of the main screen you want the item
to affect. (eg: To unlock a door, scroll through the inventory until the relevant key is
displayed. Select USE, then click on the door. It opens automatically.)
SLEEP: Sleeping is one way of boosting your health and energy. To rest, click once on
the SLEEP icon. Like most people though, you can only actually get to sleep when you're
INFO: To get more information on a particular item it needs to be in your inventory.
Bring it up in the inventory window, then click on INFO. A detailed item description will
be displayed. (For further details see the selection entitled THE INVENTORY.)
PAUSE: Pauses the game.
DISK: Enables you to save and load a game in progress (for more information see the
section entitled SAVING AND LOADING).
The compass is the means by which you move about the world of Middlemere. Clicking on
the four compass directions allows you to turn left and right, walk forwards or backwards.
The direction in which you're facing is always highlighted in red.
Click on North to walk forwards and South to walk backwards. As long as there's a path
to walk along, you'll see the scenery change as you go by.
The background of the compass is highlighted whenever there's a junction or several
paths cross. This is the only time at which you can turn round to the left or right by
clicking on the east and west icons. By clicking continuously on either E or W you'll get
a full overview of the crossroads in eight compass directions. To follow a fresh path,
simply make sure you're facing in the direction you want to go and click on N.
You'll notice at the beginning of the game that there is a small figure positioned at
the centre of the compass. This icon represents you. It shows the direction in which
you're facing and represents your distance away from the nearest crossroads. Whenever the
figure is at the centre of the compass you're standing at a junction of the ways.
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR COMPASS
It's easy to get lost in Middlemere's mazes - everywhere you go things look pretty much
the same and it's hard to keep track of where you've been. This is especially confusing at
a junction - once you start twisting round and examining the exits it's easy to forget
from which direction you came. To a void this, make a mental note of your initial position
whenever you hit a new crossroads - that way you can at least be sure you won't
inadvertently retrace your steps. Better still, don't just rely on your memory - draw a
The inhabitants of Middlemere are a careless lot. They've left dozens of useful objects
lying around on the ground which any self-respecting adventurer would be glad to place in
his inventory: gems, torches, weapons, arrows, daggers, riches, talismans, chalices,
spells, GemStones, keys, food and strength potions abound.
THE INVENTORY WINDOW
The inventory window displays the object you are currently using. When you first pick
up an object it is automatically displayed in the inventory window and whenever you want
to DROP, EAT, or USE an item it needs to be shown in the inventory window first. To scroll
through the items currently in your possession click on the two arrow icons to the right
of the window. To view all the items you're currently carrying click once on the INFO
command icon and once on the inventory window.
This displays all the items currently in your possession plus special statistics about
the object in the inventory window. To find out about other inventory items there's no
need to return to the main game screen - simply click once on the object icon in the
inventory and the new stats will be displayed.
Some information is more relevant to certain items than others.
Quantity - the number of identical items carried. Particularly helpful when keeping
tabs on the number of arrows in a quiver or how many throwing daggers you have left.
Weight - the weight of the individual item. Carrying a lot of heavy objects may affect
your health and fatigue levels.
Total Weight - this only differs from the individual weight when you possess two or
more identical objects.
Value - the value of each individual item. Useful for assessing the quality of coins
Total value - the combined value of all the objects of this type.
Nutrition - indicates which food contains most energy.
Mystic - some items have special magical qualities. This rating gives an indication of
how powerful they are.
PERSONAL HEALTH STATISTICS
Once you've click on the Health Meter, the lower screen slides away and is replaced by
the stats. These detail your strength, your currently state of fatigue and the weight of
your inventory. If you want to find out how you really feel, this is the place to look.
Both your strength and fatigue bars are affected by injury, how much you're carrying, and
whether or not you've recently had something to eat.
The best way to stay healthy is to avoid injury and to eat plenty of food. If you're
very weak, it may be a good idea to drop the heaviest items from your inventory - you can
always come back and collect them later when you've recovered your strength. If your
fatigue bar is high (over 50%) it's a good idea to get some sleep.
The two other statistics displayed on the health screen are the current date and time.
Luckily, life in Middlemere runs at a relatively slow pace so time never actually runs out
- but it's obvious that the faster you complete your quest, the more you'll be held in
There are plenty of characters to meet in Obitus. Stay in Middlemere long enough and
you'll encounter trolls, slaves, soldiers, knights, mages, wolves, rogues, impalers and
wizards. They're not all friendly and frequently you may find yourself getting into a
fight. There is no special combat mode in the maze sections. All battle is controlled
using the inventory and the USE icon. If you want to shoot a knight, for example, you
simply select your quiver from the inventory, click on USE and once on his body. It may
take more than a single shot before he dies - just keep on firing until he does.
THE PARALLAX SECTIONS
In the parallax journeys that take place between different locations in the game, your
view of the action changes. You now control a sprite running through a horizontally
scrolling environment. In these parts of Middlemere your skill as a fighter will be
challenged to the full - dodging missiles and firing arrows are par for the course. These
sections are best tackled with a keyboard or joystick.
THE MAIN SCREEN
As usual, this is where the action is. Wil runs from left to right, throwing his
weapons, jumping and crouching to avoid enemy attack.
WEAPON SELECTION SCREEN
This shows the type and number of weapons you are currently carrying. The missile you
are using at the moment is displayed to the right. To switch between weapons, pull down on
your joystick and keep the fire button pressed. On the keyboard press A and the spacebar.
The red energy bar represents your state of health. It decreases whenever you take a
direct hit. When it reaches zero, you die.
The icon control system in the interior exploration section is identical to the one
used in the mazes. Only the main action screen is different. As in the Parallax sections
of the game, you can actually manoeuvre Wil around the screen. He can walk about exploring
the rooms, avoid other characters, and make his way through passages and doorways. You can
control this part of the adventure directly using either the joystick or the keyboard, or
with the mouse using the compass at the base of the screen. Since, in this case, they give
you greater flexibility and accuracy of movement, we recommend joystick or keys.
ADVICE FOR NEW ADVENTURERS
If you've never played a game like Obitus before, you may find yourself wondering where
to start. Here are a few words of advice just in case you ever find yourself well and
* The most important thing to remember is that you're here to explore. Middlemere is a
place of danger and mystery but you won't discover its secrets unless you seek them out.
* Pick up everything you see - you never know where you could be going and the most
unlikely items may come in useful later on.
* Keep a track of your movements. If you think you're going round in circles, take note
of your compass directions and start to make a map.
* Keep an eye on your energy. Rushing into combat when your health is very low is a
sure-fire recipe for disaster. If you find yourself suffering a lot under enemy attack
it's not always advisable to stand and fight. Running could be a better option.
* Beware of the unexpected. This is an adventure after all and all sorts of surprises
could be lurking in the bushes or hiding under the floors.
YOUR FIRST STEPS IN MIDDLEMERE
If you're still unsure exactly how to start, this is a short walk-through for the first
few screens of Obitus. If you've played any kind of adventure before you shouldn't really
need a guide and using it may spoil your fun - read on only if you're genuinely stuck.
Wil Mason's quest begins in a round room with four closed doors. On the floor in front
of your there's a key. Get it using the command icon PICK, and insert it using the command
USE, in the north-west door. If the key doesn't fit, you're not trying the right door.
Keep turning around until you're actually facing north-west.
When the door opens, elect to Proceed into Falcon Wood. You look out on to a dark,
forbidding forest. Turn once to the west and explore the path that leads north-west. Keep
clicking N on the Compass until you reach a dead end. Examining the ground and you'll find
an apple. When you pick it up it automatically enters your inventory. You can eat it if
you like, using the EAT command.
You can now explore, pick up objects, and use items from your inventory - and that's
really all you need to know. Now all you've got to do is find your way about - happy
Obitus is very simple to control. All the icons are manipulated by pointing and
clicking using the hand-shaped pointer that is controlled with the mouse.
All other controls are as follows:
Q - Walk Forward
A - Walk Backward
O - Turn Left
P - Turn Right
<spacebar> - Fire/Click
Cursor Keys (on the numeric keypad) control the Hand Icon.
Turn Left <===OO===> Turn Right
Alternatively use the mouse to click on the relevant compass directions (see COMPASS
for more details).
J Left /\ J Right
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Run Left <===OO===> Run Right
Button = Use Weapon
Joystick (with fire button):
Move Weapon-Select Left <===OO===> Move Weapon-Select Right
Q - Jump
O - Run Left
A - Crouch
P - Run Right
<spacebar> - Fire
A + <spacebar> - Weapon Select
Run Into Screen
Run Left <===OO===> Run Right
Run Out Of Screen \
Button = Activate Weapon
Q - Run Into Screen
O - Run Left
A - Run Out Of Screen
P - Run Right
<spacebar> - Fire/Click
Cursor Keys (on the numeric keypad) control the Hand Icon.
F1 - Activate eat icon
F2 - Activate sleep icon
F3 - Activate use icon
F4 - Activate pick icon
F5 - Activate disk icon
F6 - Activate drop icon
F7 - Activate talk icon
F8 - Activate pause icon
F9 - Activate info icon
The following keys (on the numeric pad) emulate your mouse buttons:
7 - Left Button
5 - Middle Button
9 - Right Button
To save a game in progress or load a previously saved game, click on the Disk icon and
follow the on-screen instructions. If you are saving a game for the first time on to a
floppy disk please ensure you have a blank formatted disk in your drive. If you are saving
on to your hard drive, the program will automatically save the game into the Obitus
Please note that you may only save or load a game when the Disk icon is available to
you: i.e. Not during the Parallax Sections.
FALCONWOOD, THE START OF A LONG JOURNEY!
Welcome to Obitus! I am Glyphyx your guide. I will try to help you get through
Falconwood without harm. Be warned, however, that I do not know everything about the wood,
and can travel with you no further than the edge of Hobmoor! Much of what I have to say
may be of general assistance throughout your adventure, so ready your bow and follow me...
Notice how your COMPASS works: you can see yourself represented within it, in an
overhead view. The COMPASS direction indicators (N,S,E or W) serve two purposes: To the
tiny figure (you) within the compass, the direction indicators show the direction you are
facing (the direction indicators illuminate as you face a specific direction and the whole
display gets brighter as you reach the centre of each trail junction). They are also
action buttons representing directions to move or turn in: N translates to Move Forward,
regardless of what compass direction you are actually facing. S is Move Backward, W is
Turn Left, and E is Turn Right. You can use the mouse both for manipulating objects and
for moving, or you can use a combination of mouse and joystick: mouse for object
manipulation and joystick for movement. Another word of advice to my friend, MAKE A MAP,
or use the one in your manual. Experienced travellers know the value of a good map. I have
found that parchment ruled with a grid is most handy for charting one's progress!
Here is the sanctuary of the Tower, you are safe from any danger. Beyond its four doors
lies a huge realm of mystery. PICK up that silver key, there on the floor. Face each door
and try the key in each ("click" on USE and point to the door to unlock it) it
will work in one of them. There! Beyond lies Falconwood, a dark forest of many twisting
We are ready to being our quest. You have a bow, but lack arrows... You will find the
small map in your manual invaluable. Refer to it often and use it to mark your progress.
Let's begin our journey by searching along the Northeast path; perhaps one of the wood's
denizens has dropped something of value there. Yes, there is a quiver of arrows. PICK it
up, you will find it very helpful, let's continue on this trail to the next junction.
You can get information about your possessions by entering INFO mode and
"clicking" on the square window to the right of your compass. Notice that your
bow doesn't show up, even though you really do have one! You can make an object you carry
"current" (allowing you to USE it quickly) by using the scroll arrows to the
left of the object window, or by selecting the object from the full inventory display and
then exiting back to the main view.
From here we'll follow this path around to the left: follow me to the Northwest until
we get to the next trail junction where we will go West. Look, there's a coin on the
ground. PICK it up. We must continue on to the next trail junction and then proceed
Southwest to the next one. Pause here and look around. There, look to the Northwest, I see
some cherries. PICK them up and then proceed to the Southeast, to the next junction. Let's
pause here again and look around. There to the West, an apple, PICK it up. It will taste
good when you are very hungry, and this is not the only fruit which grows in Falconwood.
(Remember this during your travels: just because you follow the path does not mean that
all objects will be conveniently placed in plain view! When at junctions, try turning to
the left or right to see if you can find objects off to the sides of the path.)
We have now walked in an almost complete circle. To the East is the path back to the
Tower and to the West are more apples...
Hssst! I hear movement ahead! To your North stands a Knight, and down the path to the
Southwest lurks one of the King's Bowmen... Knights in their heavy armour you would do
well to avoid, unless you are more practiced with your bow, but the King's man should be
an easy mark. Select an armor, and get ready to USE it... Now move Southwest until you can
see him clearly... There he is! Point to him and "click" your left mouse button
to loose your arrow at him. And again! Bravo! For a beginner you are handy with the bow.
PICK up his arrows and add them to your quiver...
Follow me now past his bones to the next junction, and there turn right, continuing up
the Northwest path. Nearby, there dwells a handsome maid named Maladina, I'll show you the
way to her abode. Turn to the Southwest here, and walk to the next junction. Look to the
North, there she is. She has spoken of your coming, and has a gift for you. TALK to her,
and collect your gift.
When meeting another in these lands, you must approach closely before information can
be exchanged. Dangerous in many cases, but it cannot be avoided... Some folk may seem
fierce, yet pose no threat... Others seem friendly, but will attack before speaking! (Be
Ahh! The Keys! A gift of rare worth. Now follow me Northeast, and hurry, for time is of
the essence. You should also nock another arrow: Danger may be closer than you think...
Turn North and LOOK OUT! Another bowman! Kill him, collect his quiver, and proceed North.
At this next junction, you have three choices: To your left, West, is another Knight who
holds a torn parchment (page) you will need. A second path goes Southwest from here. And
to the Northeast there are more apples on the path to the centre of the wood. Realize that
not all your enemies can be vanquished with only one or two arrows!
If you begin to feel fatigued, or suffer many wounds, it would be wise to stop and eat
or, if the situation warrants, sleep for a while. Fatigue is normal but may be aggravated
by carrying too heavy a load... You can get detailed information about your health by
"clicking" on the Health Indicator Bar.
You sent the Knight to the skies, I see. Now stow the parchment, and ready your bow.
Turn Northeast and go to the next junction. Pause here for a moment and look around.
Notice the path heading North: We will return here soon. Now continue Northeast, then turn
East to find Odin, who will attempt to block your passage through his domain... He will
TALK but must be killed for you to be able to reach the place where he has hidden a
Odin is no longer. Good! I think the potion he hid is nearby, along that Northeast path
ahead... Remember to be aware of your surroundings! Many a traveller has overlooked gold
while searching for silver!
(Potions may save you, and potions can kill, USE them when the time is right!)
We must turn back now, for beyond lies Abbotsleigh, for which you are not yet prepared!
Turn back Southwest to find the centre of the wood. Follow me quickly, for I know the way
well: Southwest, then West, and Southwest again. Now North, until the path ends. Look
around. Beyond the forest to the West lies Hobmoor. Turn right and go Northeast to the
next junction. Now turn East to find Odin's twin, Otto, near the end of this path. He is
as taciturn as his brother, and he too hides something you will need. Shoot him quickly
and step over his bones to find a torch. Turn completely around and return West, then go
Southwest and West again, to enter the central glade.
Here are many paths: to the Northwest lives the Green Man, he too has been awaiting
your arrival. Go and see what he has for you... A blue gem! Valuable, but a sizeable
load... Keep it safe for trading! Let's back up now, and turn right, for North of the
centre are more apples. Search beyond them for more arrows on a Northeast path, then
return here (either back straight up and turn South, or go to the Abbotsleigh exit and
turn Southwest to retrace your steps). Southwest from the centre are more arrows, I think
and to the Northeast a villain did drop a silver bar while fleeing a hideous creature.
Yes, that's it! Now come this way West, to the western edge of the wood: I have seen some
daggers lying there - take them with you for added protection!
Here at the edge of Hobmoor, where Eldor waits to advise you now (turn Northwest), I
must leave you to your journey. Remember all that I have told you, and do not tarry upon
the Moor, for you will be outnumbered there. Keep your arrows for Eldon Mines where
enemies are few and singly found... It may be that we will meet again, if ever you return
to Falconwood. 'Til then, Fare well, my friend!