Cauldron (Commodore 64)

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Description

Playing a witch, you must assemble the six ingredients required to kill off your arch-rival, an evil pumpkin. The ingredients are all located in underground buildings, each of which can only be entered once you've found the appropriate key. The keys are located overground, and you must fly around on your broom to collect them.

The overground sections play like standard shoot 'em ups, as your broom is not affected by gravity and can fire bullets using your magic energy. Bats, fireballs and even seagulls are among the many creatures trying to stop you - contact will cost you more energy than shooting at them would. There are energy recharges on offer.

Once you go underground, the gameplay becomes a test of precision platform jumping, including some Manic Miner-esque blind jumps. The six underground sections can be completed in a variety of orders, but you will sometimes reach points that can't be completed without objects from other sections, so a lot of back-tracking is required. Although you start with nine lives, they won't last all that long at first.

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Cauldron Commodore 64 Flying over water
Cauldron Commodore 64 Title screen (German)
Cauldron Commodore 64 Story in rhyme
Cauldron Commodore 64 Inside the green door hill

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hexenküche" -- German C64 title

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Critic Reviews

Commodore User Apr, 1985 9.5 out of 10 95
Zzap! May, 1985 87 out of 100 87
Tilt Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
64'er Jun, 1985 10 out of 15 67
The Video Game Critic Apr 15, 2011 C- 42
Happy Computer Jun, 1985 Unscored Unscored

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Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 02/1986 - #9 Best Game in 1985 (Readers' Vote)


The Evil Dead

The ZX Spectrum version came with a bonus game, The Evil Dead

Title translation

The Commodore 64's German title translates into English as Witchkitchen.


Related Web Sites

  • CPC-Power (in French) (For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; game packaging; manual digitalizations; goodies; advertisement; magazine reviews; downloadable releases; additional material.)
  • CPCRrulez (in French) (For Amstrad CPC: game database entry; advertisement; game packaging; downloadable releases; additional material.)
  • Lemon 64 (For Commodore 64: game entry database; advertisement; magazine reviews; music; documentation; cover art; additional material.)
  • The Tipshop (For ZX Spectrum: a central archive for all Spectrum and SAM games hints, tips, cheats, maps, hacks and pokes.)
  • Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (Encyclopaedic entry for the combined platforms of the game.)
  • Windows remake (a remake of Cauldron by Evilmarkus for Windows)
  • World of Spectrum (For ZX Spectrum: downloadable releases; additional material including – cassette inlay, advertisement, instructions; remakes links; player reviews; magazine references; magazine adverts.)
Martin Smith (66799) added Cauldron (Commodore 64) on Aug 31, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (190133) and Martin Smith (66799)