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Cauldron (Amstrad CPC)

Cauldron Amstrad CPC Title screen

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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 Amstrad CPC Title screen
Cauldron Amstrad CPC I lost all my lives
Cauldron Amstrad CPC In an underground area
Cauldron Amstrad CPC Stirring (sic) opening scene

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hexenk├╝che" -- German C64 title

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Critic Reviews

Amstrad Action Dec, 1985 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Oct 14, 2011 14 out of 20 70

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Trivia

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

  • Devil Markus (released a remake of Cauldron for Windows (available in English, French and German).)
Kabushi (165413) added Cauldron (Amstrad CPC) on Mar 27, 2006
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