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Spellbound

• Publisher: Mastertronic
• Developer:
Mastertronic
Release Date: 1986
Code: David Jones

GFX: Jim Wilson
Music: Rob Hubbard

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 94%
Our Game Rating: 91%
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> SPELLBOUND by MAD / Mastertronic Added Dimension


• Completed by Inge Pedersen
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi

WOW! Now here's a game that brings back some memories. Back in 1986 I had my appendix out and my mum decided that she wanted to buy me a gift. Without hesitating, I asked for some Commodore 64 games that had recently been reviewed in ZZAP! 64 magazine. One of those games was Spellbound, but I had to wait a few days to get back home and play it. It was well worth the wait because Spellbound is a seriously cool arcade adventure game with some fantastic game play and sonix from Rob Hubbard. Unfortunately, it wasn't until ZZAP! 64 magazine printed a walkthrough that I managed to complete the game.

On this occasion, the game has been completed by Inge Pedersen, who kindly played through the game along with a few tweaks of his own to get him to the end... 


Finally - blow the elf-horn...


...and summon Gimbal.


Arrrggh! My eyes!


Ah - another Magic Knight game :-)


The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Inge used a walkthrough and a (Spectrum) map to work his way through the game. Most important, he found out where in the Commodore 64 memory the stats of all the characters were located, so he could occasionally replenish all the energy to stop them from dying.

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: To finish the game:

  • Press fire to open the menu
  • Blow something
  • Elf-Horn
  • Gimbal the Wizard
  • Execute Command

Once you have executed the final command, the border flashes all different kinds of colours and then the ending message appears, which reads: "WELL DONE MAGIC KNIGHT YOU HAVE COMPLETED YOUR TASK BUT THE LAST SPELL HAS THROWN YOU INTO A TIMESTREAM AND YOU WILL EMERGE SHORTLY IN KNIGHT-TYME ALSO FROM MASTERTRONIC." The game completes with the stats screen and then a 'GAME OVER'.

COMMENTS:

  • Inge: Sadly, after all the running around, the ending is a ...er, sad one. 1/10

  • Vinny: I remember being over-the-moon with excitements of having completed the game, but then I realised that there wasn't anymore to it apart from an ending message :( 1/10 from me too.

  • Andrew Fisher: Mastertronic Added Dimension did do some cool games... but this is one I never really enjoyed, despite the Hubbard music. Terrible ending, but it does set up the sequel (which was slightly better in my eyes).

    And Vinny, you may have had your appendix out, but you can still vent your spleen on any bad endings...

    I'll get me suit of armour.
  • Brendan Phoenix: Any ending that includes the next title in the series should be deducted points - such a lazy cop out.

    It is a really disappointing ending to a great game (and series to be fair - although seems to be a little under appreciated to me) considering the fantastic ending(s) to Finders Keepers this is a real disappointment.

    I do remember the fantastic music and I also remember Zzap not being very kind to it in their review - were the listening to something else??

    Also the Windomation format was genius!
  • Daniel Warren: Yeah, total crap ending, but I'm impressed with Inge for completing it as I could never quite do it, even after 20-something years!
  • Andy Vaisey: Never liked the game I'm afraid; good job too because that ending would have annoyed me. Load of rubbish...

FINAL SAY: A real let down to a fantastic game :(

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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