Black Magic

• Publisher: Datasoft
• Developer:
Release Date: 1987
Peter Ward
GFX: Peter Ward
Music: Peter Ward

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 77%
Our Game Rating: 83%


FILE: blackmagicend.zip


> BLACK MAGIC by Datasoft

• Completed & Reviewed by Brendan Phoenix
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

WOW! How cool is this game! I had no idea it existed until I was going through the list of Offline endings to decide which one to add next. For some strange reason, I decided to add this ending, but I wasn't too impressed with it. Then, I email Frank Gasking to see what he thought of the game, and here's what he said: "Ah Black Magic is a cool little game. I read that it was quite good and had a quick game. It's not brilliant, but certainly good for its age and worth checking out!" Spooky, because Brendan said the same thing (see comments below), which then gave me the urge to check it out.

It is a good game, but unfortunately, it's a cack ending...


A movie-credits style scroller.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I actually think that Bren played through this without any cheats!

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: The game ends with the words: "CONGRATULATIONS," and then a long movie-credits style scroller, which gives you a detailed epilogue of the story's ending.


  • Brendan: This was one of the most enjoyable games I have completed for the site. Used a map I found in Zzap and as soon as I learnt what you had to do, I was hooked. I had never played this before and I recommend anyone that likes a good arcade adventure to test it out - I remember it being bloody hard though - especially near the end and I was running out of items.

    The ending sets the scene with a good epilogue, better than just a couple of words, but why the hell they couldn't have fitted in an end piccy or some music I don't know. Would have bumped up the score waaaay higher. Pity that a great game ends on a disappointing note. 3/10.

  • Vinny: It's a cool game, but the ending really sucks :( There's no music, no colour, no animation (apart from the scrolling) and it just lacks soooo much. The only saving grace is that it has an epilogue. I'm going to score it 2/10.

  • Kungfufurby: Not bad with using the scrolling text, but I've seen better endings use that... with a picture in the background!

  • Frank Gasking: I think I first read about the game in Zzap, when Julian Rignall had a good thing to say about it. So I loaded it up, and it wasn't too bad a game. Not quite as good as I hoped, but a lot better than some of the crap they reviewed in the same issue.

    Ending isn't too bad - again probably due to memory restrictions that it isn't more flashy, its certainly better than "Game Over

  • Andy Vaisey: Yes, a lovely ROM charset used in that text. Sheesh...

  • Andrew Fisher: Black Magic's ending is very ordinary, dull text in the Commodore ROM font.

  • Gaz Spence:  know where the 'King's highest druid' can stick his staff after this ending.

FINAL SAY: Booooooo - rubbish!

G.E. RATING: 2.5 / 10

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