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The apprentices Sortice and his twin Ceroapp are ready to become certified sorcerers - but just now some nasties had to kidnap their teacher! No teacher means no graduation, and therefore the two have to rescue him by solving eight side-scrolling levels with different themes, e.g. a swamp, a cave system or the Island of Lost Souls. The game is meant to be played cooperatively (including friendly fire), but when playing alone only Sortice is present in the game.

Spell Bound is a platformer with the main goal being to reach the end of the level without being killed by the various enemies. Players have six spells at their disposal which basically boil down to different weapon systems as well as levitation. Each spell except the standard attack drains manna which, exactly like life energy, is refilled by collecting power ups; either lying on the ground or in locked chests which have to be unlocked by finding the correct key first. Other useful objects include crystals for disrupting energy fields, bombs to blow up stone pillars, or a jet pack. Each character can carry one object at a time and, when trying to cast a spell without having the needed manna, will experience negative effects like reversed controls.


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ST Format Atari ST Dec, 1990 79 out of 100 79
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Nov, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Atari ST Nov, 1990 6.6 out of 12 55
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1995 40 out of 100 40
ST Format Atari ST Mar, 1993 40 out of 100 40
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1990 32 out of 100 32
Power Play Amiga Dec, 1990 26 out of 100 26
Power Play Atari ST Dec, 1990 26 out of 100 26
Amiga Power Amiga May, 1991 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 17


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