• Publisher: Mindscape
• Developer:
LucasFilm Games
Release Date: 1988
Code: L. Haehn, K. Picha, ...
..C. Oberth, J. Sanderson,
..E. Schneider

GFX: S. Wolfson, P. Oakley
Music: n/a

ZZAP64 Game Rating: n/a
Our Game Rating: 55%


FILE: willowend.zip


> WILLOW by Mindscape

• Completed & 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 release...

Yer man is turning all different colours!

What on EARTH is going on?!

Now he's disappearing!!

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.


  • Neil: A truly awful product. Everything about it stinks. I agree with the dire magazine reviews that this game received. Never play this game. 1/10.
  • Vinny: I'm not going to waste too much breath on this one... I've never played it and never will. And as for the ending... 1/10 from me too.
  • 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.

FINAL SAY: Oh no. The ending is the same as what happens when you beat a practice level !!!

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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