The Secret of Bastow Manor

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The Secret of Bastow Manor
System(s): SC-3000
Publisher: Dotsoft
Genre: Adventure

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
$19.9519.95[1] ST0910
Non-Sega versions

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The Secret of Bastow Manor is a graphical text adventure game developed by Australian company Softgold (formerly Gameworx Software), which specialised in multi-load text adventures written in BASIC.

The game was originally released on Commodore 64 and Commodore VIC-20 in 1983. It was converted to the SC-3000 and published by Dotsoft in 1984, exclusively in Australia. The game features superior full colour graphics compared to the Commodore 64 version.

The game is played using the Scott Adams Standard 2-word verb-noun parser.

On first glance, the game appears to be inspired by the Sherlock Holmes story The Hound of the Baskervilles.

The name of the game was found by the developer after scanning a street directory and finding Bastow Court in his local area.


You stand on the misty moors outside the walls of Bastow Manor.

Old man Bastow has disappeared, or so the story goes, leaving rumours of his great wealth hidden somewhere in the Manor.

The baying of the hounds behind the walls brings to mind tales of wandering ghosts and hidden traps.

Can you find the Treasure, solve the mystery.

....... and live!

— Box backcover [2]


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Softgold Graphic Text Adventure Games for the Sega SC-3000
Alien (1984) | Ninja (1984) | The Search for King Solomon's Mines (1984) | The Secret of Bastow Manor (1984) | Skull Island (1984) | Thermo Nuclear War Games (1984) | The Case of the Mad Mummy (1985)