& 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
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.
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...
Hit me with it...
...so what's the
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.