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Gothik

• Publisher: Firebird
• Developer:
Firebird
Release Date: 1988
Code: Gavin Raeburn

GFX: Paul Docherty
Music: Gavin Raeburn

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 44%
Our Game Rating: 79%
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> GOTHIK by Firebird Software


• Completed & Reviewed by Neil Collins

Gothik by Firebird is a game I never really got on with. I'm not a Gauntlet fan, and this is a variation on that theme...

The aim of the game is to find the good wizard's limbs that have been scattered throughout the levels of a tower by some evil wizard. Once reassembled he can confront the villain and restore peace. You can collect tons of spells (too many in fact) that can aid and hinder your progress. You will need to map the levels as the teleport system is quite confusing and will have you going over the same ground many times without one. My main problem with the game is the controls. You have to press a bizarrely positioned key on the keyboard to enter portals, which is a pain during gameplay. Also dead enemies leave their bodies in the way which blocks your path and slows things right down.

Gothik is a game that tries to improve on the Gauntlet theme by adding extras, but the extras seem to bog the whole thing down. A bit more thought may have saved this game from becoming a sluggish and tedious experience. It's a game that comes up way too short in all departments. The main one being entertainment...


GA-BOOOOOOOM!


Hit me with it...


...so what's the damage?


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: I found some maps online and used a cracked version that gave me invincibility.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: Once the final guardian is destroyed and all pieces of the wizard are collected, the game ends. The skeleton of the wizard from the menu screen is now complete and a picture of the wizard now appears. A message appears at the bottom of the screen which reads 'THE WISE ONE IS RISEN. YOUR REPUTATION IS: ABLE-ISH'. The ranking is given based on your score. The rankings can be found in the game manual.

COMMENTS:

  • Neil: The skeleton becomes a picture of a wizard and a short message appears. Hardly worth the effort of conquering all those levels. Very disappointing. 2/10.
     
  • Vinny: I'm a big fan of Gavin Raeburn budget games, and enjoyed his other Commodore 64 titles such as Poltergeist, Lazer Force, Thunderbolt, and Gun Runner... but I've never actually played this game, and judging by Neil's comments and the overall score from ZZAP!64, I may just give it a wide birth!

    As for the ending... flat and boring. 2/10 from me.
  • Andrew Fisher: This game is supposedly part of the Druid series, since you are reassembling the wizard Hasrinaax who appears in Druid and Enlightment.

    It's not as good a Gauntlet game as those two, with fairly chunky graphics and not much variety. The ending is very flat and uninspiring.
  • Gaz Spence: Great loading screen but that is about it unfortunately. The ending appears to be little more than a status report which is always a cop out in my view.

FINAL SAY: Not a great ending. A lot more was expected here.

G.E. RATING: 2 / 10

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