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The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron Screenshots

Amiga version

The Black Cauldron Amiga Main Title

Main Title

The Black Cauldron Amiga Close encounter with a goose.

Close encounter with a goose.

The Black Cauldron Amiga Game info gives you exact time you're playing, in seconds.

Game info gives you exact time you're playing, in seconds.

The Black Cauldron Amiga The main and ingame menu is suited on top of the screen.

The main and ingame menu is suited on top of the screen.

The Black Cauldron Amiga Exploring Dallben's cottage a bit.

Exploring Dallben's cottage a bit.

The Black Cauldron Amiga Duty calls.

Duty calls.

The Black Cauldron Amiga Here piggy piggy, c'mon, I'm not in the mood to play hide and seek now.

Here piggy piggy, c'mon, I'm not in the mood to play hide and seek now.


The Black Cauldron Screenshots

Apple II version

The Black Cauldron Apple II Title screen

Title screen

The Black Cauldron Apple II This is where the game begins

This is where the game begins

The Black Cauldron Apple II Looks like I have some chores to do

Looks like I have some chores to do

The Black Cauldron Apple II Hmm, looks like I found a nice waterfall...

Hmm, looks like I found a nice waterfall...

The Black Cauldron Apple II A deadly looking swamp

A deadly looking swamp

The Black Cauldron Apple II Uh oh, where am I being carried away to?

Uh oh, where am I being carried away to?

The Black Cauldron Apple II Looks like it could be easy to get lost here

Looks like it could be easy to get lost here

The Black Cauldron Apple II A spooky looking forest

A spooky looking forest

The Black Cauldron Apple II I found a door...

I found a door...

The Black Cauldron Apple II Found someone to take care of Hen Wen the pig

Found someone to take care of Hen Wen the pig

The Black Cauldron Apple II Climbing these mountains will be a challenge

Climbing these mountains will be a challenge


The Black Cauldron Screenshots

Apple IIgs version

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Title screen.

Title screen.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Starting location.

Starting location.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Yakety-yak and don't talk back!

Yakety-yak and don't talk back!

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Pig pen.

Pig pen.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Pull down menu.

Pull down menu.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Inventory.

Inventory.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Examining an inventory item.

Examining an inventory item.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Save game menu.

Save game menu.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Near the swamp.

Near the swamp.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Scary trees.

Scary trees.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Gurgi.

Gurgi.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Stones in the pond.

Stones in the pond.

The Black Cauldron Apple IIgs Rocks.

Rocks.


The Black Cauldron Screenshots

Atari ST version

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Title screen

Title screen

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Starting location

Starting location

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Inside the cottage

Inside the cottage

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Taran receives his mission

Taran receives his mission

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Taran walking in the forest with Hen Wen

Taran walking in the forest with Hen Wen

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Taran finds the hidden cottage of the Fair Folk

Taran finds the hidden cottage of the Fair Folk

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Inventory screen

Inventory screen

The Black Cauldron Atari ST What a gloomy forest!

What a gloomy forest!

The Black Cauldron Atari ST Near a waterfall (note the crude commands)

Near a waterfall (note the crude commands)


The Black Cauldron Screenshots

DOS version

The Black Cauldron DOS Title Screen

Title Screen

The Black Cauldron DOS Caer Dallben

Caer Dallben

The Black Cauldron DOS The Pig keeper

The Pig keeper

The Black Cauldron DOS The goat thinks you want to play tag

The goat thinks you want to play tag

The Black Cauldron DOS The Beautiful woods of Caer Dallben

The Beautiful woods of Caer Dallben

The Black Cauldron DOS The lake of Caer Dallben

The lake of Caer Dallben

The Black Cauldron DOS Every now and then you need to eat and drink something, or you'll die.

Every now and then you need to eat and drink something, or you'll die.

The Black Cauldron DOS This game has no parser, you use the function keys to initiate actions.

This game has no parser, you use the function keys to initiate actions.

The Black Cauldron DOS The castle of the Horned King.

The castle of the Horned King.

The Black Cauldron DOS Action sequence: Swim past these hungry crocodiles

Action sequence: Swim past these hungry crocodiles

The Black Cauldron DOS Oops, caught by the henchman.

Oops, caught by the henchman.

The Black Cauldron DOS The Horned King and Creeper.

The Horned King and Creeper.

The Black Cauldron DOS Watch out where you swim.

Watch out where you swim.

The Black Cauldron DOS I've upset the king of the Fair Folk.

I've upset the king of the Fair Folk.

The Black Cauldron DOS Turned into a frog, one of the many ways to end the game in a wrong way.

Turned into a frog, one of the many ways to end the game in a wrong way.

The Black Cauldron DOS Title screen (Hercules graphics)

Title screen (Hercules graphics)

The Black Cauldron DOS Game beginning (Hercules graphics)

Game beginning (Hercules graphics)

The Black Cauldron DOS A bridge.

A bridge.

The Black Cauldron DOS A waterfall.

A waterfall.

The Black Cauldron DOS Looking at the dagger in your inventory.

Looking at the dagger in your inventory.

The Black Cauldron DOS Swimming in the river.

Swimming in the river.

The Black Cauldron DOS Near the swamp.

Near the swamp.

The Black Cauldron DOS Walking along the countryside.

Walking along the countryside.

The Black Cauldron DOS Climbing up a rope.

Climbing up a rope.

The Black Cauldron DOS Watch your step up here, or you'll fall.

Watch your step up here, or you'll fall.

The Black Cauldron DOS Walking on a twisty roadway to the castle.

Walking on a twisty roadway to the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Outside of the castle.

Outside of the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Climb up the castle walls while avoiding the falling rocks.

Climb up the castle walls while avoiding the falling rocks.

The Black Cauldron DOS Inside the castle.

Inside the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS A staircase in the castle.

A staircase in the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Going down stairs in the castle.

Going down stairs in the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Trapped in a dungeon in the castle.

Trapped in a dungeon in the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Lots of doors here in the castle.

Lots of doors here in the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS The castle's wine cellar.

The castle's wine cellar.

The Black Cauldron DOS The courtyard of the castle.

The courtyard of the castle.

The Black Cauldron DOS Walking along the tunnels of the castle with Princess Princess Eilonwy.

Walking along the tunnels of the castle with Princess Princess Eilonwy.

The Black Cauldron DOS Inside the home of the Fair Folk.

Inside the home of the Fair Folk.

The Black Cauldron DOS Outside the home of the Fair Folk.

Outside the home of the Fair Folk.

The Black Cauldron DOS The crypt of an ancient king.

The crypt of an ancient king.

The Black Cauldron DOS A house in the marsh.

A house in the marsh.


The Black Cauldron Screenshots

PC Booter version

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Title screen (CGA with RGB monitor)

Title screen (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter The beginning location (CGA with RGB monitor)

The beginning location (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Visiting Dallben's cottage (CGA with RGB monitor)

Visiting Dallben's cottage (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter So what does the future hold? (CGA with RGB monitor)

So what does the future hold? (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter A spooky forest with a treacherous river (CGA with RGB monitor)

A spooky forest with a treacherous river (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Lost in the woods somewhere... (CGA with RGB monitor)

Lost in the woods somewhere... (CGA with RGB monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Title screen (CGA with composite monitor)

Title screen (CGA with composite monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter The beginning location (CGA with composite monitor)

The beginning location (CGA with composite monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Don't fall into that rapid river! (CGA with composite monitor)

Don't fall into that rapid river! (CGA with composite monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Lost somewhere in the woods... (CGA with composite monitor)

Lost somewhere in the woods... (CGA with composite monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Looks like I've got more work to do... (CGA with composite monitor)

Looks like I've got more work to do... (CGA with composite monitor)

The Black Cauldron PC Booter Leaving town... (CGA with composite monitor)

Leaving town... (CGA with composite monitor)