& Reviewed by Neil Collins
Willow by Mindscape is a shambles of a game. It's
widely known as a terrible movie tie-in that takes an
eternity to load without a fast loader cartridge. I
remember seeing the awful reviews of this game and
steering well clear of it.
On loading you are shown
the story in the form of a large scroll, where you click
on the highlighted words to play that particular
sub-game. You can practice them in any order, but must
play them sequentially to see the final level and beat
the game. It all looks promising, but as soon as you
start playing you realise that this game is a collection
of awful sub-games. These range from a dungeon maze, a
forest dash, a snowy slide, a spell puzzle and a sword
fight. All suffering from terrible graphics, glitchy
action and incredibly simple game play. Each level lasts
a minute or so and are usually just a case of
remembering specific sequences. I can't really say
anything positive about this game and can only offer my
heartfelt sympathies to anyone who was swindled into
buying this terrible game back in the days of its
Yer man is turning
all different colours!
What on EARTH is
Really - is that what
you call it? The End!
HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?:
I played through the game while saving my progress. It
took less than 20 minutes to beat. If it was played on a
real C64, it probably would have taken about 6 hours.
SO WHAT HAPPENS?:
The final level is just a re-hash of the earlier spell
level where you have to select the magic symbols in the
correct order. The screen shows a wizard in some kind of
laboratory. If you get the spell correct the wizard
vanishes in a blur of colourful, flickering pixels.
After more loading, the screen turns blue and the word 'SUCCESS!'
appears in yellow writing before the game restarts.
- Andrew Fisher:
I quite like the film, in fact I used to go to school
with someone who was in it!
But the game is awful and the ending is too.
Spellcasting B-A-D. Bad.
- Brendan Phoenix:
I got the game out from our local library on the Amiga
and the Zzap review was spot on. Awful awful game.
Think you did a typo on the score Vinny - you have given
it 83% - are you a closet Willow fan?
Always wondered why they did not do a conversion of the
reasonably ok arcade game instead??
- Andy Vaisey:
Never seen the film, never played the game. Fortunately,
it seems... All I remember about this is the Amiga
review in ZZAP! and that version was poor also.
Oh no. The ending is the same as what happens when you
beat a practice level !!!
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