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Solomon's Key (NES)

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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 NES Running from some creatures
Solomon's Key NES This key seems well guarded...
Solomon's Key NES Game over
Solomon's Key NES Gameplay on the first level

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

1UP! Oct 15, 2007 93 out of 100 93
Tilt Jul, 1990 16 out of 20 80
VideoGame Jul, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Jul, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Video Game Den Oct 18, 2012 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Sep, 1990 790 out of 1000 79
Video Games Jun, 1991 66 out of 100 66
Defunct Games Aug 09, 2009 65 out of 100 65
Power Play May, 1991 64 out of 100 64

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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 (55823) added Solomon's Key (NES) on May 02, 2004
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