Riddler's Den

Riddler's Den is a 1985 action video game, made for the ZX Spectrum home computer. It was authored by David W. Harper as the debut title from Electric Dreams Software.[1][2]

Riddler's Den
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Developer(s)David W. Harper
Publisher(s)Electric Dreams Software


The game's protagonist is Trunky the Manelephant, who has embarked on a quest to find the Great Golden God Gregogo.[2]


The game is half a maze and half a puzzle solver, with elements of a role-playing game (RPG). It is similar to titles such as Atic Atac.[3] It came packaged with a poem filled with clues that the player had to decipher to progress through the game.[4]

The player could only carry a limited number of items.[5] A flask displayed on the top right of the screen indicated the player's energy level. If this ran out the game ended. If holding the correct object, it was possible to sleep and regain energy. This would move the timer on to the next day. The game had to be completed within a certain number of days.[6]


Sinclair User magazine asserted that the game was easy to play, but difficult to master.[7] Your Spectrum magazine deemed the program both absorbing and frustrating due to its blending of two disparate genres: arcade and adventure.[5]


  1. ^ "Your Spectrum 20 - Frontlines & Hacking Away". www.users.globalnet.co.uk. November 1985. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ a b Crash ZX Spectrum. GB: Newsfield. November 1985. p. 147.
  3. ^ Gilbert, John (2013-11-01). "Sinclair User 45 - Spectrum Software Scene". Sinclair User Classic. Archived from the original on 2013-08-28. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ^ Computer & Video Games. GB: EMAP Publishing. December 1985. p. 29.
  5. ^ a b "Your Spectrum - Joystick Duty - Issue 21". www.users.globalnet.co.uk. December 1985. Retrieved 2021-04-17.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "Riddler's Den - Manual". worldofspectrum.org. 1985.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Gilbert, John (December 1985). Sinclair User Magazine Issue 045. p. 25.