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Spellbound (Atari 8-bit)

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Description

Magic Knight's second game (after Finders Keepers) sees him travelling through time to rescue 8 people including his tutor Gimbal, who have become locked in time thanks to a faulty spell.

The game invented a whole new control system, essentially pioneering the use of icons and windows in adventure games. You control a pointing finger, which can be moved onto each of the menus to reveal sub-menus, which contain the main options for object manipulation.

All objects can be examined in detail, which produces a visual display of them, and possible clues as to their usage. You must look after your character's health and energy levels - carrying too many objects will progressively weaken him. You must also look after and direct the trapped characters once you locate them.

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Spellbound Atari 8-bit I have released...Banshee
Spellbound Atari 8-bit Examining Florin the Dwarf.
Spellbound Atari 8-bit Picking up the teleport key.
Spellbound Atari 8-bit Florin's stats.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Spellbound: A true Graphic Adventure" -- In-game title

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Oct, 1987 9 out of 10 90
Atari Gamer - XL-XE Game Review Edition Dec, 2013 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Sales

According to the magazine Retro Gamer (issue #1), the game was Mastertronic's #24 best selling game (152.378 copies).

Awards

  • Computer Gamer
    • February 1986 (issue #17) - Included in the list Spectrum Collection (the best Spectrum ZX games since 1985 by editorial staff choice)
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Budget Game of the Year

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Kabushi (165375) added Spellbound (Atari 8-bit) on May 13, 2006
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