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Cauldron

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Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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ZX Spectrum
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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 cna'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.

Screenshots

Cauldron ZX Spectrum Pre-game screen
Cauldron Commodore 64 Beware of the fireballs
Cauldron Commodore 64 Inside the green door hill
Cauldron Commodore 64 Entering the green door

Alternate Titles

  • "Hexenk├╝che" -- German C64 title

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The Press Says

Sinclair User ZX Spectrum Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Dec, 1985 89 out of 100 89
Zzap! Commodore 64 1985 87 out of 100 87
Tilt Commodore 64 Jul, 1985 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 83
Jeuxvideo.com Amstrad CPC Oct 14, 2011 14 out of 20 70
The Video Game Critic Commodore 64 Apr 15, 2011 C- 42

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Trivia

Title translation

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

Awards

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

Related Web Sites

  • Devil Markus (released a remake of Cauldron for Windows (available in English, French and German).)
Contributed to by Kabushi (125240) and Martin Smith (63136)