1) 1 - Character Advancement:
2) 3 - Combat: character stats used for combat,
3) 3 - Items and Equipment: store to buy and sell,
4) 1 - Story: main story at the forefront;
5) 1 - Exploration: open world from the beginning,
6) 0 - Quests and Puzzles:
So, I took a long hard look at the game, played it for about an hour, and have decided to call it as I see it, not an RPG. This game has a lot going for it, with many innovations for a game so early.
First and foremost, there are multiple ways to deal with the obstacles you come across. The very first being a bridge guard that asks to see your ID before he'll let you cross. Now, you could fetch the papers from the glowing castle across the map (probably the easiest to do), or you could kill the guard and walk past his rotting corpse. It's no easy task though, so you might be better off trying to bribe him instead. The only other obstacle is the dragon, which the manual suggests as having two ways to complete. Either you can stomp the dragon (kill him), or you can find a way to take his amulet, which breaks the enchantment.
In actuality, I was looking for more ways to give points to the game. Stat increases aren't permanent, and vary wildly when using items. I often wondered if all the items just reduced my dex when one finally raised it to 26. Supposedly the stats are used in combat, so I went with that as well. In the second area, the village, there are three stores that will buy and sell items. It's hard to tell what's worth it though since the manual doesn't list any of these or their uses.
The main story is there, and you get a reminder of your true purpose in town. Unfortunately, the game is so short that I don't know how much this counts. There are three screens, the first is the wilderness, and after the town we get to the dragon's cave. Actually, there's a fourth screen, which is the dragon.
The length of the game gets to me; if planned out right you could probably be beat in about 5 - 10 minutes depending on luck. In the meantime, you'll be beating your head against the wall mapping out the traps in the dragon's cave, and trying to find a way to recruit all the warriors to act as fodder. Good luck to anyone that wants to give this a try, and let me know if there's some facet of this gem I'm missing.
Randomness was getting to me, and without a strong foundation of knowledge, I don't know how anyone could get through this game. Building up that foundation requires playing through the game multiple times, and eventually going through many trial and error tests with the various items available for purchase. The amount of work involved doesn't seem worth the effort. I'd rather move on at this point and bid farewell to the past. This game came closest to meeting the criteria I set forth, so maybe it's enough for others to consider. If you're one to look at the edge cases, I strongly suggest checking this one out.