Solomon's Key for the NES was released in Japan on this day in 1986.

The Price of Magik

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ZX Spectrum
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In the final instalment of the Time and Magik series of interactive fiction, the light from the Red Moon is under threat. It was captured and harnessed by the magicians of Baskalos, but its keeper Myglar has turned against them and is using it for himself. He must be defeated before the crystal is exhausted.

The typing interface is typical of Level 9 games of the era. Time saving features include an ALL command can apply TAKE and EXAMINE to every object you can see, and the ability to type future commands while the screen is still scrolling.

18 spells are available, activated using 3-letter codes you will discover while exploring. These range from confusing or angering an enemy to healing yourself and detecting danger.


The Price of Magik Commodore 64 The first spell, although it's no use yet
The Price of Magik Commodore 64 Going back to the place that I love
The Price of Magik Commodore 64 The bat is important
The Price of Magik Commodore 64 'Corridor', a word all experienced adventurers link with 'maze'

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Crash! ZX Spectrum Jul, 1986 94 out of 100 94


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