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Solomon's Key (Commodore 64)

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Description

Solomon's Key is a platform game with both action and strategy elements. On each level your goal is to retrieve a key which can then be used to unlock the exit. To help out, you have a magic wand which can be used to create and destroy blocks (though some blocks can't be destroyed). In order to reach the key you will need carefully to arrange the blocks on the screen so you can jump your way around safely. Wandering around each level are a variety of enemies which will cause you to lose a life if you're caught. Some creatures can be killed by destroying the block they are standing on, others must be dodged. Hidden bonuses and magic can be found on many of the levels, sometimes even hidden in blocks. Some treasures give you bonus points, others can form magic spells to help deal with the enemies. To make the game more difficult, each level has a time limit in which it must be completed.

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Solomon's Key Commodore 64 You need to build blocks to reach this key
Solomon's Key Commodore 64 Hmm, a useful tip?
Solomon's Key Commodore 64 Trying to reach the key
Solomon's Key Commodore 64 The grey blocks can't be destroyed

Alternate Titles

  • "ソロモンの鍵 王女リヒタの涙" -- Japanese SEGA Master System spelling
  • "ソロモンの鍵" -- Japanese Famicom spelling
  • "Solomon No Kagi" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

64'er Dec, 1987 13 out of 15 87
Zzap! Nov, 1987 86 out of 100 86
Power Play 1987 8.5 out of 10 85
Commodore User Nov, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Oct, 1987 8 out of 12 67

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Solomon's Key appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cheat card

The magazine Commodore User published a cheat card (no. 4) that contained a 23-line program giving the player the choice of infinite lives, infinite time, or unlimited fireballs, or all three. The player had to type the program in and then follow the on screen prompt to load their game.

Awards

  • Happy Computer
    • Issue 01/1988 - Best Dexterity Game in 1987
  • Power Play
    • 1987 - #2 Best CPC Game '87

Servo (55827) added Solomon's Key (Commodore 64) on May 02, 2004
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