Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back (Amstrad CPC)

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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.

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Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Amstrad CPC I can shoot magic now
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Amstrad CPC Starting out
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Amstrad CPC Exploring the castle
Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back Amstrad CPC Credits screen (Spanish version)

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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Jeuxvideo.com Oct 19, 2011 17 out of 20 85
Computer Gamer Sep, 1986 16 out of 20 80

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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

Kabushi (133100) added Cauldron II: The Pumpkin Strikes Back (Amstrad CPC) on Mar 27, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (63068)