Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back

Genre
Perspective
Theme
Critic Score User Score
Amstrad CPC
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Commodore 64
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3.2
ZX Spectrum
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4.4
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Description

An evil witch has brought evil and darkness to the enchanted wood, wiping out all but 1 of the innocent pumpkins. As the poem in the instructions sheet explains, the only way to put things right is to capture a lock of her hair, then take it to the cauldron and cast a spell to undo things.

Controlling the pumpkin is difficult at first, as it has a very high bounce, the exact level of which can be toggled using the 5 key. Direction can only be changed when the ball is on the ground. Ricocheting into enemies costs energy, and you only gain weaponry by landing into magic pools. The starting positions are random, making mapping advisable and increasing the initial challenge.

Even then, enemies respawn quickly, so all you're doing is buying a little time to pass them. Others can't be shot, and must be passed by possessing the right object - possibly one of the 5 you will ultimately need to vanquish the witch.

Screenshots

Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Another starting point, with ledges to negotiate
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Better show some bounce-back-ability
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Commodore 64 Deep underground
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back ZX Spectrum Daggers drawn

Alternate Titles

  • "Hexenküche II: Der Kürbis Schlägt Zurück" -- German C64 Title
  • "Cauldron II: La Citrouille Contre Attaque" -- French C64 Title
  • "Cauldron II: La Calabaza Contraataca" -- Spanish Title

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Critic Reviews

ZX Computing ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 A 100
Zzap! (Italy) Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 94 out of 100 94
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Commodore 64 Aug, 1986 9.25 out of 10 92
Crash! ZX Spectrum Aug, 1986 91 out of 100 91
Jeuxvideo.com Amstrad CPC Oct 19, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Computer Gamer Amstrad CPC Sep, 1986 16 out of 20 80
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1986 79 out of 100 79
64'er Commodore 64 Jun, 1986 11 out of 15 73

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Trivia

Title translation

The Commodore 64's German title translates into English as "Witchkitchen II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back".

The French title translates to "Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Counter Attack".

Awards

  • Commodore Format
    • November 1994 (Issue 50) – #10 The Bottom 10

Contributed to by Kabushi (136597) and Martin Smith (63067)